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Vegan French Onion Dip

Homemade Vegan French Onion Dip made with caramelized onions, non-dairy sour cream, and spices makes for a crowd-pleasing onion dip recipe that everyone will love!

creamy caramelized vegan french onion dip in a bowl with chips

Why We Love This Onion Dip Recipe!

It’s a crowd-pleasing appetizer. Serve as a platter centerpiece for your next party, potluck, or family/friends get-together. Scoop up this vegan onion dip with chips, crackers, and/or fresh sliced veggies! This recipe is enough for a small group (6 -8), so double if you’re entertaining a crowd.

Make it in advance. It’s super simple to make and can easily be made a day or two ahead. See below for more about storing.

Healthy and delicious. This creamy onion dip is 100% dairy-free and includes an option to make it oil-free. And you won’t miss a thing because it’s full of flavor without these missing ingredients!

top down view of ingredients used to make vegan french onion dip recipe.

Ingredient Notes

Here is everything you will need, including tips for your best onion dip! Measurements are in the recipe card below.

  • Sour cream – I used my homemade cashew-based Vegan Sour Cream here, but store-bought is also great. For a mellow sour cream, I recommend Tofutti. And if you prefer tangy, then Kite Hill is for you.
  • Onion – Use only yellow onions, avoiding sweet varieties. Caramelizing the onions will sweeten them, so you want one that isn’t sweet to start.
  • Worcestershire sauce – If you don’t have vegan worcestershire on hand, try a little tamari, soy sauce or coconut aminos. You’ll definitely want to add one of these ingredients as it adds a wonderful umami flavor, pairing well with the sweet, caramelized onions!
  • Onion + garlic powder – Add for a boost of flavor, feel free to adjust to taste.
  • Salt – Will enhance all the flavors!
  • Parsley – A sprinkle at serving will add a pop of color and herbaceousness.
side by side photos of diced onions before and after caramelizing.

How To Make Vegan French Onion Dip

Caramelize the onion: It all starts with the onions! Grab yourself a medium-large yellow onion and dice it up well. Heat a little oil/water in a non-stick skillet, add onions, and saute for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 – 10 minutes.

After every 10 minutes or so, add a little water or oil to keep the onions from crisping up too much on the edges. Let the liquid sizzle and evaporate completely before adding more. Once done, the onions will be golden, slightly sweet, and smell divine!

top down view of ingredient used to make vegan french onion dip recipe.

Gather the remaining ingredients – plant-based sour cream, vegan Worcestershire sauce, garlic & onion powder, and salt.

side by side photos showing the process of making plant based french onion dip

Now you’re ready to assemble the dip, combine the caramelized onions together with the vegan sour cream, Worcestershire, and spices, and mix well. Taste for flavor, adding extra sauce or spices as needed. Serve right away or store in the refrigerator for an hour to chill.

And that’s it, my friends, the best vegan French Onion Dip ever –  it’s healthy, guilt-free, and, of course delicious!

top down view of vegan french onion dip in a small bowl with chips surrounding.

What To Serve With French Onion Dip

Chips + Crackers: When ready to serve, pair your vegan French onion dip with chips – I love the thick waffle kettle potato chips since they can handle thick dips, but regular chips are great too. Even tortilla chips, multi-grain crackers, pita chips, veggie chips, bagel chips, or pretzel crisps will work.

Fresh Veggie Sticks: For a fresh take, serve with freshly sliced veggie sticks such as carrots, celery, red bell pepper, and cucumber. And if you want to cover all your bases, have a mix of chips and fresh veggies!

How To Store Leftovers

Store leftover onion dip in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. Keep stored in a covered container. As mentioned above, this easy vegan dip can conveniently be made a day or two in advance and is ready to serve when you are.

creamy caramelized vegan french onion dip in a bowl with chip

More Appetizer & Snack Recipes!

If you try this easy dip recipe or have a question, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.



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4.9 from 17 reviews

This Vegan French Onion Dip is loaded with flavorful pieces of caramelized onion in a non-dairy sour cream. Great served with chips, crackers or fresh veggies!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1 3/4 cups, serves 8 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip
  • Method: saute, mix
  • Cuisine: Vegan


  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1/4 cup water/vegetable broth
  • 1 1/4 cups vegan sour cream or 1 tub (12oz) tofutti sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vegan worcestershire (I use Annie’s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • mineral salt, to taste
  • chopped parsley, to serve


Onions: Heat the oil/water in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and saute for 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Add a little bit of water/veggie broth and let it sizzle and evaporate. Keep stirring every so often, add more liquids. After about 25 – 30 minutes, onions should be caramelized and fragrant.

Mix: Combine the vegan sour cream with the garlic & onion powder and Worcestershire sauce. Add the onions and mix well. Taste for seasoning.

Serve: Serve topped with chopped parsley. Pair your french onion dip with chips, crackers, and/or sliced vegetables.

Makes about 1 3/4 cups.

Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.

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  1. This was a big hit at a party I just brought it to! I used Kroger’s Simple Truth Organic Sour Cream, for anyone who can’t find the other brands. I thought the flavor on its own was pretty close to sour cream, only thing is its a little thick. Highly recommend this recipe! I couldn’t believe how close it was to sour cream and onion dip, which I’ve missed so much since going vegan.

  2. Michelle L says:

    Perfect exactly as the recipe instructs. Only thing I’d change is doubling all the ingredients because it’s so good you’ll need more if you’re planning on sharing with anyone. Noone I’ve made it for believed it had no dairy. Even my mother-in-law who doesn’t agree with my WFPB diet approved and liked it.

  3. Wonderful. flavorful. had it for a New Years party. well balanced

  4. Michael-Emma says:

    Wow! This is one of those eat till you’re beyond full and then lick the bowl clean kind of dips. Total crowd pleaser! Absolutely awesome!
    It gets even better as left in the fridge for flavour development.

  5. So easy and delicious. I was tasked with bringing an appetizer to a party and it was gone almost as soon as I set it down. Thanks for making me look good. lol

  6. This was a total hit! I can’t believe there is no dairy, cashews are amazing!

  7. Ive made this dip several times now and someone manages to lick the bowl clean every time. You just have to be very patient to carmelize the onions for the full 25-30 minutes and it tastes like the good old-fashioned onion dips from the 1960s and 70s. Nothing on the market comes close, it’s so natural and flavorful. I’ve fooled every meat eater into thinking it’s a dairy product. They can definitely tell it’s not store-bought because it doesn’t taste preservative-y, but when I tell them it’s cashews they literally stare it down…. then keep eating! Thanks for such a bomb-ass recipe!

  8. Loved this dip! I used Kite Hill brand vegan sour cream and it was great. I added just a teaspoon of vegan ranch and that gave it a little extra zing but otherwise made it as directed. This is definitely the best vegan French onion dip I’ve ever had! It’s a real game changer. Thank you!

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