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.
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.
1 fat, 1/2 lean protein