Serving Size:
3 tablespoons

    Diet Types:
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Gluten-free
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Vegetarian
  • Heart Healthy


  • 1 cup slivered almonds, no skins 
  • 8 ounces tofu, regular or firm
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons white or rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons chives or green onions



  1. Soak nuts in hot water for an hour; drain off the water.
  2. Lightly squeeze excess water from the tofu in a paper towel.
  3. Blend all ingredients except the chives/green onions in a food processor until smooth.
  4. Chop the chives or green onions and mix into tofu mixture with a spoon.
  5. Use as a spread on bagels, toast, or crackers. Or use as a dip for fresh veggies.

Helpful hints

  1. Nuts can be part of a kidney friendly diet. New research shows our bodies do not absorb all of the phosphorus in plant-based foods.
  2. May substitute raw cashews for almonds.
  3. Try various herbs in place of chives, such as dill, basil or parsley.
  4. Store in a container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  5. Analysis is for the spread only, does not include any crackers, bread or vegetables used with the spread. 

Nutrients per serving

Calories 105

Protein 6 g

Carbohydrates 4 g

Fat 8 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 27 mg

Potassium 147 mg

Phosphorus 99 mg

Calcium 120 mg

Fiber 2.0 g

Added Sugar 0 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1 protein
  • 1/2 fat

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