Top-down view of Caramelized Onion Dip
January 30, 2024

Caramelized Onion Dip: Dairy-Free

January 30, 2024

Caramelized Onion Dip: Dairy-Free

Top-down view of Caramelized Onion Dip

Hello Caramelized Onion Dip! Start with onions, cooked slowly until their natural sweetness bubbles through. Blend said onions into a creamy base seasoned with a splash of balsamic vinegar, a pinch of sugar, and onion powder for depth. Serve with potato chips or crunchy colourful veggies like carrots, cucumber, or celery. 

Perfect for a party of diverse eaters, this plant-based dip is made without dairy, tofu, cream cheese, cashews, or mayonnaise. The base is our DIY Mother Mix - a four-ingredient, all natural, dry mix that you can store in your pantry, and use for multiple recipes. (If you don't want to make the mix, you can use the equivalent ingredients instead (see the Recipe Card for details). 

Ingredients

Ingredients for Caramelized Onion Dip, top down view of onions, side shot of Mother Mix, spoon with balsamic vinegar, bowl with coconut sugar, container with onion powder spilling out, and image of finished dip on a carrot slice.
  • Olive oil: I used olive oil but you can use any neutral tasting cooking oil.
  • Onions: I've made this using sweet onions, such as Vidalia and Walla Walla onions, and also white or yellow onions. I don't recommend red onions as they're too peppery.
  • Sugar:: I used coconut sugar, but you can use any type of granulated sugar. If you want to keep the recipe, vegan, coconut sugar is one option -- please read Sugar, sugar, honey, honey: A guide to sweeteners for plant-based diets for guidance on sweeteners.
  • Balsamic vinegar: This gives the dip depth and tang which counterpoints the sweet caramelized onions.
  • Onion powder: The onion powder adds an extra kick of onion flavour.
  • Mother Mix: The Mother Mix is our DIY pantry staple for jump-starting creamy, dairy free recipes. It's made from just four dry ingredients: almond flour, nutritional yeast, tapioca starch and salt. Making a batch of Mother Mix takes about 3 minute as it's just stirring all the ingredient together. If you don't want to make a batch, the Recipe Card includes the equivalent ingredients.  

About the Mother Mix

The Mother Mix is an all-natural, gluten-free dry mix that you can make in minutes and store in your pantry. 


Use it to jumpstart over 16 different creamy and cheesy plant-based recipes - from Spinach Dip to Scalloped Potatoes and Veggie Pot Pie.


You can also use it on its own -- just add water, blend, and heat -- to make a simple vegan cream sauce, delish over roasted veggies! 

About the Mother Mix

Measuring cup heaped full with the Mother Mix, made from almond flour, nutritional yeast, tapioca starch, and salt

The Mother Mix is an all-natural, gluten-free dry mix that you can make in minutes and store in your pantry. 


Use it to jumpstart over 16 different creamy and cheesy plant-based recipes - from Spinach Dip to Scalloped Potatoes and Veggie Pot Pie.


You can also use it on its own -- just add water, blend, and heat -- to make a simple vegan cream sauce, delish over roasted veggies! 

Minimalist shot of hand holding a carrot chip with Caramelized Onion Dip, against a white background

Visual Overview: Making Caramelized Onion Dip

Note: You need a blender for this recipe.

Step 1: Heat the oil in a large frying pan.

Heat the oil over medium heat.

Olive oil in a white cast iron pan

Making caramelized onions, heating the oil

Step 2: Add the diced onions.

Add the onions and fry over medium heat for for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Diced onions in a white cast iron pan

Making caramelized onion dip, cooking the onions

Step 3: Stir in the sugar.

Turn the heat down to low, stir in the sugar and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. 

Coconut sugar added to caramelized onions in a white cast iron pan.

Making caramelized onions, adding the coconut sugar

Stirring sugar into caramelized onions

Stirring sugar into caramelized onions

Step 4: Add the balsamic vinegar, onion powder, and salt. 

Add the balsamic vinegar, onion powder and salt.

Adding balsamic vinegar, onion, and salt to caramelized onions

Making caramelized onion dip, adding the vinegar onion powder and salt

Step 5: Blend half of the onions with the Mother Mix and water.

Remove about half of the onions and add them to a blender with the Mother Mix and water. Blend on high for a minute.

Top-down view of Mother Mix and caramelized onions blended in the blender.

Making caramelized onion dip, the Mother Mix and onions blended

Step 6: Cook the Mother Mix sauce with the remaining onions

Before adding the sauce back to the frying pan, remove 1-2 tablespoons of the onions for garnishing the dip later. 

Add the Mother Mix sauce back to the frying pan. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until the dip is thickened, about 3-4 minutes. 

Mother Mix sauce and caramelized onions in a white cast iron pan.

Making caramelized onion dip, adding the Mother Mix sauce to the pan.

Top-down view of finished Caramelized Onion Dip in a white cast iron pan

Making Caramelized Onion Dip, finished dip in a white cast iron pan

You can serve the dip hot or cold. Accompany with your favourite chips and vegetables such as carrots, celery, or cucumber. 

Top-down view of Caramelized Onion Dip with carrots, cucumber and veggie chips

Top-down view of Caramelized Onion Dip with carrots, cucumber and veggie chips

Can I make it ahead of time?

Yes! While it tastes great right out of the pan, the flavours will continue to bloom, so it's an excellent make ahead dip. It will keep in the fridge for 4 or 5 days.  

Top-down view of Caramelized Onion Dip with cucumbers, carrots, and chips
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Recipe Card

Caramelized Onion Dip: Dairy-Free

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
If you love caramelized onions, this rich and creamy Caramelized Onion Dip is for you. Made without dairy, tofu, cashews, or mayonnaise, this plant-based dip is perfect for a party. Serve it with your favourite dippers: potato chips or crunchy colourful veggies such as carrots, cucumber, or celery.
Servings 12 2 tablespoon servings
Calories 80 kcal
Author Sylvia

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil [Or substitute with another neutral-flavoured cooking oil]
  • 2 cups onions, diced
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar [Or substitute with any granulated sugar]
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2/3 cup Mother Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste

Optionally, if you do not have the Mother Mix

  • 1/2 cup almond flour [also known as ground blanched almonds]
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch [also known as tapioca flour]
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
  • Add the diced onions and fry over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Turn the heat down to low, stir in the sugar, and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar, onion powder, and salt (to taste).
  • Remove half of the onions and add them to a blender with Mother Mix (or equivalent ingredients) and water. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  • Before adding the sauce back to the frying pan, remove 1-2 tablespoons of the onions for garnishing the dip later. 
    Add the Mother Mix sauce back to the frying pan. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until the dip is thickened, about 5-8minutes. 

Notes

About the Mother Mix

See this post on the Mother Mix,  is a DIY pantry staple that you can use for over 15 different comfort food recipes on not not nutritious. 

Choosing Sugar

You can use any granulated sugar for this recipe. Not all sugar is vegan-friendly, see the Sugar, sugar, honey, honey: A guide to sweeteners for plant-based diets for guidance on sweeteners.

Serving

You can serve this dip hot or cold. 

Make Ahead, Storage and Reheating

You can prepare this ahead of time and store in the fridge. You can serve it cold from the fridge or and then reheat over low to medium heat when you are ready to serve. You may

About the Mother Mix

See this post on the Mother Mix,  is a DIY pantry staple that you can use for over 15 different comfort food recipes on not not nutritious. 

About the Nutrition Information

Nutrition information is an estimate only. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Courses, Cuisines, and Keywords

Course
Appetizer
Cuisine
American
Keywords
Caramelized Onion Dip
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Dairy-Free dip
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Onion Dip

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