This is a simple appetizer that can be paired with a crisp white wine, and served with crackers, bread, or pita bread. It combines garlic, herbs, and toasted walnuts. Lemon zest provides a clean acidity that cuts through the richness of the cream cheese. Whenever using cream cheese, whether it be for a dip or dessert, make sure that it is softened and room-temperature.
8 oz container whipped cream cheese
1 clove garlic (finely minced)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
1/4 cup chopped fresh, flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped red onions
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
About 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
Squeeze of lemon juice
Combine cream cheese and mayo in a bowl and fold in all of the ingredients apart from the olive oil and parsley. Once ingredients are incorporated, add 3/4 of the chopped parsley, small squeeze of lemon juice and combine. Then drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle remaining parsley. Serve with crackers, bread, or pita bread.