Vegan Substitute for Cottage Cheese

Updated on: 28.11.2020

Are you looking for the best, easiest vegan cottage cheese substitute recipe? Look no further, we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for!

Although vegan cottage cheese has only a few simple ingredients, it sure packs a punch, whether in a sweet or salty version.

The recipe below contains instructions for making the salty version of vegan cottage cheese, made out of tofu.

vegan cottage cheese

The Two Bases for making Vegan Cottage Cheese

There are two main recipe approaches to making vegan cottage cheese that we use all the time and truly recommend you give a try. One uses tofu as a base and the other one uses cashews. In this article, we present the recipe that uses tofu. You can get the cashew recipe here.

Personally, we prefer the tofu recipe because of its superior protein profile and much easier and quicker preparation, however, if you’re willing to put in the time (mostly passive waiting), the cashew cottage cheese substitute is really to die for!

Each of the recipes is accompanied by recommendations for dish combinations, such as using vegan cottage cheese in lasagna. Bon appetit! 🙂

vegan cottage cheese with potato pancakes
vegan cottage cheese

Vegan Cottage Cheese Substitute with Tofu Base – Salty Version Recipe

For one person:
– 1 block firm tofu (200g)
– 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
– salt
– a splash of vegan non-sweetened cream OR canned coconut milk OR plain vegan yogurt
chives (optional)

Total Time: 5 minutes

Divide the tofu

Divide the tofu into two halves. Put one half into a small blender and crumble the other one into a bowl using your hands.

The chunks should resemble those you make for tofu scramble. This will give the final result the characteristic gritty texture of cottage cheese. If you prefer fully smooth cottage cheese, blend the whole tofu and add more liquid.

Add salt, vinegar and cream to the blender and blend away

Take the blender with the other half of the tofu. Add apple cider vinegar (start with a small dose, you can always add more after blending), a good amount of salt, and a splash of vegan cream. Blend until you get a smooth texture.

Try it and add additional salt or vinegar if desired. Note that the mixture should have a strong taste, since mixing it with the unprocessed tofu will make it milder.

Join the mixture to the crumbled tofu

Once you have achieved the desired texture of the blended tofu, use a spoon to mix it into the crumbled tofu. Add additional salt or vinegar if you want a stronger taste.

Optional: Wash some chives, cut them into small pieces, and add them to the mixture.

Serve with desired sides

This cottage cheese is delicious when eaten with boiled or baked potatoes but also goes great with crackers, bread, burek, dumplings, or even lasagna. Try a veganized traditional Slovenian meal – eat it with jacket potatoes and slices of vegan cheese.

vegan cottage cheese with chives
vegan cottage cheese with chives
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