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.

Jamie Vespa MS RD
Source:, January 2019


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 15 mins


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; protein 5.6g 11% DV; carbohydrates 2.1g 1% DV; exchange other carbs; dietary fiber 0.4g 1% DV; sugars 1.2g; fat 6.8g 10% DV; saturated fat 2.6g 13% DV; cholesterol 16.3mg 5% DV; vitamin a iu 192.5IU 4% DV; vitamin c 0.9mg 1% DV; folate 6.8mcg 2% DV; calcium 65.3mg 7% DV; iron 0.3mg 1% DV; magnesium 9.7mg 4% DV; potassium 89.7mg 3% DV; sodium 179.1mg 7% DV; thiaminmg 3% DV.