A Quick and Easy Cheese Spread

by Susan on April 16, 2011

As promised, here is the recipe for the cheese spread pictured with the Walnut Sun-Dried Tomato Olive Crackers. Macadamia nuts are my favorite nuts to make these quick “cheese” spreads. If you soak them and add a little lemon juice with your other spices, you get a light textured (like ricotta) tasty spread that is very quick to do.

Macadamia Sun-Dried Tomato “Cheese” Spread

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 lemon, juice from
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, softened and chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs (I use a blend from Penzeys)
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

1. Place macadamia nuts in food processor and pulse until a texture resembling ricotta cheese is achieved. Do not over process.

2. Remove to bowl and stir in remaining ingredients.

3. You can shape into a round and dehydrate overnight if you wish to add a “rind”


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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura-Jane the Rawtarian April 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Wow, that looks absolutely divine, Susan. Love the simplicity of the recipe. As always, thanks for the raw inspiration.


Samantha Robertson April 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

What would be the best nut to substitute for the macadamias?


Susan April 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I would check out some of the other nut cheeses. Every nut reacts differently so it would make sense to find a recipe made from another nut and use these spices instead.


Eco Mama April 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Yummy! This looks so good. Nice presentation too.
Eco Mama


Eco-Vegan Gal April 27, 2011 at 1:22 am

Thanks so much for sharing this!


JodyLynn April 29, 2011 at 8:44 am

Hi Susan,
Just wanted to let you know we tried this recipe and put it into sliced cucumber bowls. SO yummy, it was a hit at our Easter dinner gathering! Thanks for sharing and being a part of our celebration…in a sense. :-)


Michelle April 21, 2014 at 4:25 am

Hi Susan made this today but it didn’t turn out well. Processed the nuts as described but ended up with just finely ground nuts – not creamy looking ones like yours. Transferred to Vitamix but mixture too dry so aded a little water and then just got a
smooth paste. So it didn’t look like ricotta at all. Didn’t taste too good either to ended up throwing it away, which was a costly disaster. What did I do wrong?


Susan April 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Without being in your kitchen, it is hard for me to tell where you went wrong. Did you soak your macadamia nuts overnight?


Jim May 27, 2014 at 6:23 pm

1/2 what of lemon juice?


Susan May 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Jim, sorry this wasn’t clear. Cut 1/2 of a lemon, and then juice it. Cheers!


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