The combination of almonds and chives with a touch of dried onions creates a captivating blend of flavors with hints of lime and smoke seasoning. While the chive flavor is delicately distinctive, it's not potent enough to overpower the other flavors of your meal.
If you're one who enjoys toast or a bagel in the morning or craves a slice of bread with that steaming bowl of soup for lunch or dinner, you'll have a ready-made, very delicious homemade nutty spread ready to serve.
A pleasant change from hummus, baba ganoush, and tofu spreads, this easy, homemade, nut-based spread is the perfect schmear. Because it's pleasantly tangy, the spread makes a great appetizer topping on crackers or cucumber slices. Enjoy it as a filling for celery sticks or endive leaves. Use it to stuff mini peppers for a fun starter, or as the base for a sandwich filling.
I've even taken advantage of the gorgeous ripe tomatoes in season, and used small droplets of this almond spread to create a vegan Caprese Salad.
TANGY ALMOND AND CHIVE CHEESE SPREAD
Yield: about 1 1/2 cups (360 ml)
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
1/4 cup (60 ml snipped chives
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons unsweetened soymilk
2 tablespoons dried chopped onions
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon liquid hickory smoke flavoring
1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Paprika, for garnish