Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Veggie Egg Salad

* This post has been compensated through the AE Dairy Blog Ambassador program.  All views and opinions shared are my own. *

The Spring Planting Season will begin hopefully tomorrow for us; this means that I'll be busy in the tractor, or running around picking up parts or seed.  Let's just say, I'll be on the move and not at home much.  It can be a difficult time to know what to have on hand in the house for food for my family, because I don't know if we'll just pick something up while out in the field, or if it'll rain and I'll be expected to make a meal for everyone.  That is why during this time of year I try have quick ingredients in my refrigerator, pantry and freezer to throw together to make on-the-go meals.

One of those easy, on-the-go meals for my family is some type of "salad" sandwich - tuna salad, ham salad, egg salad, etc.  This week rather than making my traditional egg salad, I got inspired by my friend Mary, of A Natural Soul's Chicken Salad and AE Dairy's seasonal Mr. E's Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese.


Veggie Egg Salad made with #AEdairy's Mr. E's Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese #sponsored

What I love about my friend Mary's Chicken Salad, is that she adds in whatever veggies she has around the house to her mixture.  It is such a simple way of adding more vegetables to your diet, plus it helps clean out your refrigerator.  What I love about AE Dairy's Mr. E's Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese, is that it's a great spin on a refrigerator staple of our house.  It has just the right amount of flavor and zing.  I wanted to find another use for it other than substituting it in my family's lasagna, so I thought, why not substitute the mayo in my egg salad for the cottage cheese.  It worked out perfectly!

Veggie Egg Salad made with #AEdairy's Mr. E's Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese #sponsored

This Veggie Egg Salad is a great protein and veggie packed meal - perfect for quick, on-to-go (tractor friendly) sandwiches.  Feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand in your house - carrots, celery, onion, pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.  It is a great spring sandwich that also helps you clean out your fridge or use your garden's produce this summer.

Veggie Egg Salad made with #AEdairy's Mr. E's Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese #sponsored

Veggie Egg Salad

6 hard boiled eggs, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/4 of medium onion, diced

Combine the eggs and vegetables in a mixing bowl and then stir in the cottage cheese.  You could also put the eggs and all of the vegetables in a food processor and chop til they're the size you'd like; then stir in the cottage cheese.  This egg salad goes great on bread, buns, crackers, or my favorite Doritos...  Serve immediately and refrigerate leftovers.  This recipe makes six servings.

How would you use AE Dairy's Mr. E's Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese?  Share your ideas in the comment section and I'll send a coupon for a free container to one of the commenters at random next week!  Remember to Comment for a Cause!

Veggie Egg Salad made with #AEdairy's Mr. E's Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese #sponsored

16 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the idea of using cottage cheese in the place of the mayo. I am going to have to give that a try. This may be a good way to sneak in a few more veggies too!

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    1. The cottage cheese was a great substitute! And yes, anyway of sneaking in more veggies is a plus too - for adults and kids!

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  2. Sounds great!! Although I've never thought of putting egg salad on Doritos!! I'll have to try that!

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    1. Warning - it can become addictive, so be careful since it isn't the healthiest of choices... ;)

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  3. Sad I can't find AE in our grocery stores anymore. Cottage cheese is one of my favorite snacks and I love there's a savory veggie flavor. Awesome idea!

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    1. AE Cottage Cheese is the best! AE does "gift packages" for people outside their service area throughout the year - you'll have to sign-up for your chance to win :)

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  4. Yay! So glad you were inspired by my veggie chicken salad! Looks delicious!

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    1. I love all of your simple and nutritious recipe ideas you share!

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  5. I haven't seen this flavor of cottage cheese before and honestly never thought of subbing it for mayo! Interesting idea, Val. :-)

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    1. It comes out just in the spring and summer so you'll have to check the next time you're in the grocery store! Subbing the cottage cheese for the mayo actually works really well. I was really pleased with the egg salad.

      And Michelle, send me your address - I'll send you a coupon so you can try AE's Mr. E's Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese on me. You'll have to let me know what you use it in!

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  6. Thank you for joining Delicious Dishes Recipe Party this week. Hope to see you again!

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  7. Oh he, this looks delicious. Definitely need to try it!

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  8. This looks easy to throw together and yummy, my hubby would love it! (I hate eggs). So he could make this on mornings he needs to throw his own lunch together for work! Thanks

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  10. Where in Iowa are you located? I work in Lansing, but live across the river in Wisconsin. Your recipe sounds great, I love the idea of cottage cheese in the egg salad. And, I really need to find this kind of cottage cheese, it sounds great!

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