French Onion Vegan Dip

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This French Onion Vegan Dip is not only dairy-free but also low-fat and delicious. Caramelized onions are what give this dip the sweetest flavor. Great with chips, crusty bread, or crispy veggies.

bright blue bowl with vegan french onion dip and potato chips

What is so special about this recipe is that you get three great vegan recipes in one–dip, mayonnaise, and sour cream!

You’ll love this dip because it’s…

  • Super-flavorful
  • Perfect with low-fat chips and veggies
  • Easy to make
  • Creamy delicious
overhead photo of bright orange bowl with vegan dip topped with chives and surrounded by homemade potato chips

Traditional onion dip calls for mayonnaise and sour cream that we know are not good for us, because they are loaded with animal protein and saturated fat. Thankfully, there is a better option.

How to make French onion vegan dip

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

This vegan dip can be made as little as 15-20 minutes and served with Homemade Potato Chips or with fresh carrot and celery sticks.

brown stone bowl of vegan dip with a cucumber

Begin by making homemade vegan mayo and sour cream. Each can be made with only a handful of ingredients and a blender.

Vegan mayonnaise

This simple mayo recipe makes a perfect sandwich spread and is delicious used in other recipes like Chipotle Sauce and Ranch Dressing.

Add all of the mayonnaise ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. This recipe makes more than you’ll need for the dip, so store the rest in an airtight container in the refrigerator for sandwiches and wraps.

Vegan sour cream

This sour cream recipe is also simply a matter of blending the ingredients–tofu, garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and salt. Use any leftovers to top your baked potatoes and tacos.

Next, dice the onion and garlic. I like to leave my onions a little chunky, but you can make yours as large or small as desired. The garlic needs to be minced into small pieces.

brown cutting board with diced onions and garlic and knife

I am often asked which knives I use personally, and I have to say that it is Victorinox. They are the same company that makes Swiss Army Knives and the quality is excellent.

stainless saucepan with sauteed onions and spatula

In a large saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in veggie broth or water. Cook until caramelized by continuing to brown and add veggie broth or water, one tablespoon at a time until onions are lightly browned.

Remove the pan from heat and set aside to allow it to cool.

clear mixing bowl on wood cutting board with cooked onions, vegan mayo, vegan sour cream and spices

In a bowl, mix all other ingredients and fold onions into it. Refrigerate for 1 hour, garnish with chives, and serve with chips, crusty bread, or fresh veggies.

close up of vegan dip in blue bowl with a potato chip in it

*Originally published November 26, 2015.

Your Vegan Dip Questions Answered:

  • Q: Do I have to cook the onions before adding them. Yes, cooking the onion brings out the sweet bold flavor, and the dip will not taste the same at all with uncooked onions.
  • Q: How long will this dip last? Keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Q: Is this dip healthy? It is made with wholesome lower-fat ingredients without any dairy or oil. A terrific healthy snack when served with oil-free homemade potato chips or veggies.
bright orange bowl with vegan dip topped with chives and surrounded by homemade potato chips

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bright blue bowl with vegan french onion dip and potato chips
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Vegan French Onion Dip

This French Onion Vegan Dip is not only dairy-free but also low-fat and delicious. Caramelized onions are what give this dip the sweetest flavor. Great with chips, crusty bread, or crispy veggies.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

French Onion Dip

Low-Fat Mayo

Vegan Sour Cream

  • 1 package tofu silken or firm works fine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon water to get desired consistency

Instructions

French Onion Dip

  • Begin by making the homemade vegan mayo and sour cream. Each can be made with only a handful of ingredients and a blender. Recipes for both are below.
  • Next, dice the onion and garlic. I like to leave my onions a little chunky, but you can make yours as large or small as desired. The garlic needs to be minced into small pieces.
  • In a large saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in veggie broth or water. Cook until caramelized by continuing to brown and add veggie broth or water, one tablespoon at a time until onions are lightly browned.
  • Remove the pan from heat and set aside to allow to cool.
  • In a bowl, mix all other ingredients and fold onions into it. Refrigerate for 1 hour, garnish with chives, and serve with chips, crusty bread, or fresh veggies.

Low-Fat Mayo

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender. Leftover mayo can be used on sandwiches, wraps, and in other sauces. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Vegan Sour Cream

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender. This sour cream is great on fresh baked potatoes, burritos, and tacos. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Video

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.
Your Vegan Dip Questions Answered:
  • Q: Do I have to cook the onions before adding them? Yes, cooking the onion brings out the sweet bold flavor, and the dip will not taste the same at all with uncooked onions.
  • Q: How long will this dip last? Keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Q: Is this dip healthy? It is made with wholesome lower-fat ingredients without any dairy or oil. A terrific healthy snack when served with oil-free homemade potato chips or veggies.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Fat: 1.2g | Fiber: 2g

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13 Comments

  1. This looks wonderful! I am on it! Your cheesy sauce has become a must have on hand item in my fridge – my husband says that it is great! That is high praise and high success for my whole good plant based adventure. I am over the moon that I have discovered your blog! Lead on! You are changing my life!

  2. Oh wow, this was sooo awesome!!!! Thanks for introducing me to this potato chip maker– I’d never heard of it before. The whole family snarfed the first batch within minutes. You’re right… I thought my onion dip days were over. Thanks for resurrecting it again for me!

    1. Hi Teri (love your name, lol), so glad to hear how much your family loved the chips and dip! Reading your post made my evening! 🙂

  3. Just made this tonight. It’s pretty good – but I would say it’s a stretch to call it French Onion Dip. I’d double the lemon juice to add a bit of brightness, and consider perhaps some balsamic vinegar to add some depth to the caramelized onions.

  4. I’m going to make this today. It looks delicious. I have a question about tofu and the sour cream and mayo you make with it. How long does it last? Sometimes I buy tofu and by the time I get around to using it for a recipe, it is expired. Is it still ok to use it since I haven’t opened it up yet? I hate to waste my money. Is there a way to keep it from going bad like freezing it without ruining the silken consistency of it? Thank you for all your great recipes.

    1. I would say open it to see if it still smells and looks fresh. If it does, I personally would give it a try if it is only a few days past expiration. I do freeze tofu to use in some dishes,but freezing does change the consistency, making it more dense. It would not be good for sauces and dips, but it is terrific for other recipes like veggie kabobs, tofu scramble, and crumbling in other dishes. Happy cooking, and I hope you enjoy the dip!

  5. I can not have tofu……is there any other way of making a mayo, onion dip etc……

    Thank you,
    Venus

  6. Note: be sure to measure your microwave before ordering the chip-maker! I “thought” mine was big enough, sadly it wasn’t. Gave chip-maker away without ever using it, sniff sniff. So now I put thin slices on parchment lined glass microwave platform, sprinkle w/spices, nuke about 5 minutes and enjoy crispy chips again! Only down-side: small serving, LOL!! Thanks for all your good work Terri, you are right up there on my “hero” list.

  7. I made this today, and even though it doesn’t taste exactly like French Onion Dip, it is very good!

  8. Thank you, Terri, I love this stuff. I discovered this week that I like homemmade mayo now that I added a Tablespoon of maple syrup to the mix 🙂 oh boy

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