Sundried Tomato, Olive, Pesto & Almond Cheese Terrine

Sundried Tomato, Olive, Pesto & Almond Cheese Terrine

Great for dinner parties, or when you want to do something really special.

There’s a few steps to this one, but it’s oh so worth it.  Especially if you’re going to a potluck (I won a prize at my very first potluck for the best dish, before I was a chef, with something similar to this), or having some friends over for dinner to show them what you can do.

If you want to make a simpler version, you could leave out the tapenade, leaving the sundried tomato and pesto layers, which are so full of flavour themselves, you’ll have an equally gorgeous dish on your hands.

Depending on the size of tin you use, you may well have some leftover, which is never a bad thing.  Making up a salad of the leftovers, with some greens and maybe a little avocado and spiralised veg would be a fantastic little lunch.  Or maybe this Butter Lettuce Salad.

Almonds are high in antioxidants and can assist with blood sugar control.  Click here for 9 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Almonds


Sundried Tomato, Olive, Pesto & Almond Cheese Terrine

Almond Cheese

  • 2 cups almonds, soaked for 8 hours and peeled*
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon probiotics
  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  2. Place the mixture in a nut milk bag, in strainer with some kind of weight on top, such as a glass jar filled with water.
  3. Cover with a tea towel and leave to sit at room temperature for at least 24 but no longer than 48 hours.
  4. Once culturing is complete stir or process in the following ingredients:
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast

*The easiest way to peel almonds is to boil water in a kettle, then transfer to a bowl with the almonds in and leave for a minute or so.  That way the skins will come off easily.


  • 1 cups basil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons lemon juice
  1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until broken down, but leave some texture to the finished pesto.

Sundried Tomato Pesto

  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (or sub for apple cider vinegar)
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Blend all ingredients in a highspeed blender until broken down, but still a little chunky.

Olive tapenade

  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1/2 cup green olives
  • 1 tablespoon capers (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  1. Grind everything in a food processor, without making the pieces too small.

To Assemble

  1. Line a small loaf tin with baking parchment cut to size.  Most terrine recipes will use plastic wrap for this, but I’m not keen on having plastic wrap touch my food, because of the chemicals on the plastic.
  2. Start at the bottom of the pan with some cheese.  You will be doing 4 layers of cheese, so it’s a great idea to split all the cheese you have into 4 equal parts.
  3. Next spoon in the olive tapenade, then more cheese, then the tomato, more cheese, pesto, and then the final layer of cheese.
  4. Place in the fridge for 24 hours to firm up, ready to cut and serve.
  5. Serve with a nice simple green leaf salad.

This will serve 6 to 8 people, and will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.



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  1. Alla

    Hello Russell. Thanks for these amazing recipe. I have some quastions:
    What are probiotics and nutritious yeast? Can I make probiotics and nutritious yeast on my own or replace them with something or make cheese without it?

    • Russell

      You can leave out the nutritional yeast and maybe add in some extra salt. But you’ll need probiotics to ferment the cheese. They can easily be bought online, or in health food stores as a supplement.

  2. Irina Loginova

    Hi Russell,
    Amaizing recipe!
    I will make it asap.
    Do you put almonds in hot water after soaking or before?

  3. Nancy Lee

    Hi Russell,
    thanks for the great looking recipe. I was wondering what you thought about making the cheese with brazil nuts or cashews. Organic almonds are so expensive right now!

    • Russell

      All Brazil nuts would be too strong of a flavour. I have made half Brazil and half cashew, which was nice, but that type of cheese is too loose for this, unless it’s been aged for weeks. You could try macadamias.

  4. Jacqueline Oscvirk

    One day soon I will be taking a few of your courses! I promise! I wanted to know if Olives are considered raw? I know you can buy some that specifically say ‘raw’ on the label, but they are 5X the money. Russell …. you are amazing. Downloading your podcasts now as well! Can’t wait to listen.

    • Russell

      Hey thank, Jacqueline 🙂

      Normal olives are not raw, no. But I’m pretty sure you’ll be OK with them 😉

  5. Gunner Lloyd

    I am new here. The recipe calls for 1tps probiotics. I have never used this, could you recommend brand or type.


  6. Helene Meurer

    I can’t wait to make this for the next summer potluck here on Vancouver Island! Just wondering if it’s really necessary to dry the cheese in a ring mold and create a rind, if we’re proceeding to press it into layers in a tin? (Are the instructions to put it in a ring mold perhaps from the original recipe where we created a round/traditional-ish cheese?) Thanks for another mouth-watering recipe 🙂

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