Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  140
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  4 g
  • Fat  13 g
  • Cholesterol  24 mg
  • Sodium  131 mg
  • Potassium  55 mg
  • Phosphorus  32 mg
  • Calcium  6 mg
  • Fiber  .3 g

Holiday Cheese Ball

A Holiday Cheese Ball is a great way to be festive when you need to bring an appetizer to a party. It's kidney-friendly, too.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Deb from Nevada.

Portions: 12     Serving size: 1-1/2 tablespoons cheese ball, 2 apple slices and 2 low sodium crackers


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Catalina or Russian salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/3 cup finely ground walnuts 


  1. Soften cream cheese.
  2. Combine cream cheese, salad dressing and onion powder in a medium bowl.
  3. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
  4. Form cheese mixture into a ball.
  5. Place ground walnuts on a plate and roll cheese ball to cover.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 milk
  • 1-1/2  fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Serve cheese ball with low-sodium crackers and apple slices.

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Holiday Cheese Ball

Cecil_ says:


Great recipe. I add a little finely chopped bell pepper. Yummy!

Nov. 16, 2011, 4:11 PM - Inappropriate review?

Holiday Cheese Ball

AnnieB says:


My patients were skeptical -- until they tasted it! This is an excellent recipe.

Dec. 23, 2010, 2:08 PM - Inappropriate review?

Holiday Cheese Ball



So great! We gave this to patients at Christmas and everyone kept asking for more....very easy to do too.

May. 14, 2008, 1:44 PM - Inappropriate review?

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