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French Dinner Salad with Low Fat Cottage Cheese Dressing
Prep Time
25 mins

Are you looking for a new or updated version of a traditional dinner salad? This version of a French Dinner Salad is inspired by the traditional Nicoise salad consisting of romaine lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, green beans, baby potatoes and Great Northern beans. 

Course: Salad
Cuisine: French
Keyword: classic french salad, French dinner salad, low fat cottage cheese dressing, Nicoise Salad
Servings: 6
Author: Barbara
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • 3-4 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 15.5 oz. can Great Northern Beans
  • 14.5 oz. can Green Beans
  • Baby potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • Cherry tomatoes
Cottage Cheese Dressing
  • 1 cup cottage cheese low fat
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk fat free
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Thinly shred romaine lettace. Hard boil eggs, chop or cut into 1/4 wedges.
  2. Drain and rinse Great Northern Beans; generously season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain green beans, season with salt and pepper.
  4. Boil baby potatoes until fork tender in salted water. Drain, drizzle with olive oil and salt. Set aside.
  5. Halve or quarter cherry tomatoes.
  6. For dressing, add cottage cheese, evaporated milk, Dijon mustard, vinegar and salt into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
  7. To assemble salad, arrange romaine on the bottom. Arrange eggs, Great Northern Beans, green beans, potatoes, and cherry tomatoes in piles on top of the romaine.
  8. Serve cottage cheese dressing on the side or drizzle generously on top and toss.
Recipe Notes
  • Make this a main course by adding grilled chicken or canned tuna for added protein.
  • An optional step is to drizzle the potatoes with olive oil (about 1 T.) after boiling and draining for added flavor. Be sure to salt the potatoes too.
  • It is best to season the canned green beans and Great Northern beans with salt and pepper after draining.
  • This makes an impressive salad. You can bring the ingredients separately and arrange on sight of any gathering.
  • Use nonfat cottage cheese if preferred to keep it even lower in fat.
  • Feel free to use this dressing on any salad that you prefer.
  • Try our Classic Spinach Salad with Bacon and Hard Boiled Eggs.