In a large bowl, mash cream cheese with a fork. Add shrimp, blackolives, salt, lemon juice, and green onions; stir until well blended. With your hands, form cheese mixture into a large ball.
Cheese Ball - In a small bowl, combine nuts and parsley; roll cheese ball in nut mixture to coat completely. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with assorted crackers.
Cheese Spread - Add chopped nuts and parsley to the cream cheese mixture; stir until combined.
Yields 1 large cheese ball or approximately 1 1/2 cups spread.
* If using larger shrimp, cut into small pieces. If using frozen shrimp, defrost them by placing in a bowl of ice water. If using canned shrimp, please drain them.
** If making a spread, use up to 3 tablespoons lemon juice.
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