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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!

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 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 can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Sour cream – I used my homemade cashew based Vegan Sour Cream here, but store bought is great too so your favorite. For a mellow sour cream, I recommend Tofutti. And if you prefer tangy then Kite Hill is for you.
  • Onion – Stick with using only yellow onions, staying away from sweet varieties. Caramelizing onions will sweeten them, so you want one that isn’t sweet to start or it will be too much.
  • 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, 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

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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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VEGAN FRENCH ONION DIP

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

Ingredients

Scale
  • 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

Instructions

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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21 Comments

  1. This was a total hit with everyone! Thanks for the easy instructions and tips!

  2. Bridgitte says:

    Amazing! This is honestly the best onion dip ever!

  3. I did this using the Tofutti because being old it takes me three times as long in the kitchen. (As I said, I’m old and plant based is not how I grew up. I’m about six years in so age wise this is still new for me, don’t judge!) I added nutritional yeast and chives. I was quite pleased with the results and flavor. Maybe next time I make this I will take the time to do it minus the Tofutti! Thanks

  4. SO good!!! Especially with homemade cashew mayo or sour cream :)

  5. So creamy and wonderful! I use a little oil and water the rest of the way when cooking the onions. Turned out so good!

  6. Followed the recipe using tofutti sour cream – tasty!

  7. Looks good, but it definitely not an oil free option. The tofutti sour cream is heavily based on oil.

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      The oil-free option is using water to saute the onions. Thanks for the reminder about the tofutti sour cream, that just leaves the homemade cashew sour cream which is oil-free (and so much better in my opinion!).

  8. Christine says:

    My husband and I both devoured this dip. I haven’t had dairy in a long time but this definitely brought back memories of the french onion dip I had as a kid. Maybe for him it wasn’t the same but he’s gotten used to my substitutions. I don’t really use storebought sauces so I replaced the worcestershire with a little bit of molasses and some coconut aminos.

  9. Suzie Crothers says:

    I made this to bring to a housewarming party and people seemed to enjoy it! It wasn’t the best dip but people definitely were going for seconds. It is very tasty but I wouldn’t go into it expecting to get your normal french onion dip. It is a bit sweeter and has less zing to it. However it was very tasty and I would still make it again. Just a different flavor than expected.

  10. Made this over the holiday weekend and it was a hit, everyone loved it! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Thanks so much for sharing! So glad it was a hit. Cheers :)

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