Blanketed in chopped nuts and zesty chives, this cheese ball is festive enough for even the most discerning party guests. Serve with sturdy crackers or toasted baguette slices for easy spreading. Source:, January 2019

Jamie Vespa MS RD


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine cream cheese, salmon, Cheddar, yogurt, scallions, dill, 1 tablespoon chives and lemon zest in a medium bowl.

  • Coat a large piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray. Scoop the cheese mixture onto it. Using the plastic wrap to help you, form the mixture into a ball, then completely wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or for up to 2 days.

  • Just before serving, combine pecans (or almonds) and the remaining 2 teaspoons chives in a shallow dish. Roll the cheese ball in the mixture, pressing to adhere.


To make ahead: Prepare through Step 2 and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

91 calories; 6.8 g total fat; 2.6 g saturated fat; 16 mg cholesterol; 179 mg sodium. 90 mg potassium; 2.1 g carbohydrates; 0.4 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 5.6 g protein; 192 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 7 mcg folate; 65 mg calcium; 10 mg magnesium;