Walnut Olive Cheese Log

by Alli

Walnut Olive Cheese Log is a southern staple at holiday parties. You only need four ingredients to make this simple cheese log. This creamy cheese log gets the crunch factor from chopped walnuts. It’s the perfect appetizer for the holidays.

I’m all about appetizers and desserts. If you’re an appetizer lover like me, make sure you check out my 38 Holiday Themed Appetizers.

I’ve had a love for olives ever since I was a child. I’ve never found an olive I didn’t like and Mezzetta always satisfies my olive craving, especially when I make this easy Walnut Olive Cheese Log. 

Sometimes, I make party sandwiches with this same mixture. It’s a winner no matter how you serve it. 

I try to keep these ingredients on hand throughout the holidays because it’s so delicious and easy to make. If you’re an olive lover like me, you’ll love this simple recipe. 

Ingredients For Walnut Olive Cheese Log

  • Softened cream cheese
  • Mezzetta Spanish Queen Olives, finely chopped
  • Mayonnaise (I use Duke’s mayo)
  • Chopped walnuts

Helpful Tips When Making Walnut Olive Cheese Log

For this recipe, you’ll need to use the pimento-stuffed Spanish olives. I love the Mezzetta brand but you can use whatever brand you prefer. 

Make sure you bring the cream cheese to room temperature before making this cheese log. It takes about an hour for cream cheese to soften. Don’t leave it out longer than two hours because you don’t want it to spoil 

Feel free to use pecans instead of walnuts. If you have been following my blog, you probably know that pecans are my favorite nuts. I’m mixing things up a bit and using walnuts for this recipe. 

You can also add 1/4 cup fresh, chopped chives to this mixture. 

This walnut, olive, and cream cheese mixture can be shaped into a log or a ball. A log is easier to shape and it looks pretty. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. 

Walnut Olive Cheese Loaf served with crackers on white platter

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Yield: 1-1/2 cups

Walnut Olive Cheese Log

Walnut Olive Cheese Log on white serving platter surrounded by crackers and a bowl of Spanish olives

Walnut Olive Cheese Log is made with four simple ingredients. This delicious creamy cheese log is covered with chopped walnuts.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Mezzetta Spanish Queen Olives, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the mayonnaise and the olives and mix on low until combined.
  3. Place cream cheese and olive mixture in the refrigerator for one hour.
  4. Shape into a log and roll in walnuts.
  5. Serve with crackers or crudites.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 75Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 3mgSodium 126mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 2g

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