Surprise your guests with a flavor combination they’ve never tired before: Cottage Cheese Marshmallow Salad. This combination of cottage cheese, toasted marshmallows, and french dressing is a snapshot of early-to-mid 20th century American food trends on a plate. We found this made a perfect appetizer or light dessert.

Preparation Notes

Proportion | The original recipe did not have measurement or give any indication of proportion. We found there is a Goldy Locks Range of not too big and not too small for the proportion of the cottage cheese to marshmallow. We preferred the cottage cheese balls to be almost equal size to the marshmallows -leaning slightly smaller, than larger.  A small ice cream scoop or melon baller worked nicely to get started, but we ended up using our hands most of  the time.

Roasting Marshmallows | The next piece of this recipe puzzle: how to safely roast 6-8 marshmallows quickly enough to serve guests while still molten? Before you build a bonfire and start taping forks together: the answer is the oven! Keep a very close eye on them. If you want your marshmallows evenly golden brown on all sides, flip them and repeat until the ideal level of toasty-ness is achieved.

Cottage Cheese Marshmallow Salad - 1924

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Surprise your guests with a flavor combination of Cottage Cheese Marshmallow Salad. This combination of cottage cheese, toasted marshmallows, and french dressing. Perfect appetizer or light dessert.


  • 1 pint Cottage Cheese
  • ½ cup French Dressing
  • 6-8 Marshmallows
  • 1 head Lettuce


  • Drain excess moisture from cottage cheese. Form into 6-8 balls (approx 1/8th cup). Chill until ready to serve.
  • 10-15 minutes before serving, set your oven to Broil.
  • Arrange lettuce leaves on small plates and place one or two cottage cheese ball at center. Drizzle each ball with approx 1 Tbs. French dressing.
  • Arrange marshmallows on a baking sheet like with parchment paper or foil. Place in oven on top rack under the broiler for approx. 2 minutes until golden.** Keep a close eye on them as oven temperatures can vary.
  • Top each cottage cheese ball with a roast marshmallow and serve immediately.


**If you'd like your marshmallows roasted on more than one side, carefully flip over and broil an additional 2-3 minutes until toasted to desired level. 
Course: Appetizer



  • + Add 2 Tbs fresh chopped thyme to the cottage cheese before making balls
  • + Substitute Balsamic or Honey Mustard dressing for French
  • + Add 1/8th cup finely chopped walnuts to the cottage cheese mix
  • + Roll the cottage cheese balls in panko breadcrumbs


Adapted from a recipe appearing in Bunte Marshmallow Recipes (c 1920).

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