When my husband asks me to try to 'veganize' a recipe, it's always a challenge. Today, however, I welcomed the challenge. We love any kind of dip, and french onion dip is something I assumed was part of my past. But, I only made a vegan french onion dip, I even shocked myself in the process. In fact, this vegan french onion dip is so good, he asked me to make it again next weekend.
During football season, I often make vegan snacks for the boys while they scream at the TV. So, when the troops requested some kind of onion dip, I gave it a shot.
My first challenge, however, was to caramelize fresh onions for my dip instead of using some dried onion soup mix the way I used to make it. Then, of course, I needed a creamy base. Once I figured out those two obstacles, it all came together.
HOW TO CARAMELIZE ONIONS FOR VEGAN FRENCH ONION DIP WITHOUT USING ANY OIL OR SUGAR
Typically, caramelizing onions require oil as well as sugar or balsamic vinegar. Instead, I chose to use some vegetable broth, liquid smoke, balsamic vinegar, and vegan Worcestershire sauce (I like Annie's).
To begin, I used my favorite non-stick pan and sauteed the onions on medium heat, using a little vegetable broth when they start to stick.
As the onions turn translucent in color, I add the other ingredients until they start to turn brown. Once the liquid dissipates and the onions start to stick again, I add a little more vegetable broth until the onions are a beautiful brown color.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED TO MAKE THE BASE OF THE FRENCH ONION DIP?
Next, it is time to make the creamy base for the vegan french onion dip recipe. Recently, I fell in love with oat milk. Not only is oat milk creamy, but it also blends well with other ingredients, creating a creamy texture. But any plant milk works well with this recipe.
- Raw Cashews
- Oat Milk (or plant milk of choice)
- Lemon Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
In order to get the perfect creamy base for the vegan french onion dip, I combined the oat milk, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and cashews and allow it to sit for about 10-15 minutes. Then, using a high-speed blender, blend until smooth. In the event your blender is not efficient, soaking the cashews overnight will help soften them for a creamier texture.
- Better Than Boullion (oil-free) Organic Vegetable Base
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
Once the base and onions are caramelized, add the seasonings and stir. As a result, the vegan french onion dip turns a beautiful caramel brown and will thicken in the refrigerator.
Even though I chose to make air-fried potato chips, using my Sweet Potato Chips recipe, this french dip recipe is wonderful with vegetables, crackers, and as my husband pointed out, a great sandwich spread.
Because we absolutely are a dip family, vegan french onion dip is my new favorite dip recipe. If you love to dip, give this skinny dip a try!
HERE ARE SOME OTHER HEALTHY DIP RECIPES MY FAMILY LOVES!
- Mustard Dipping Sauce
- Pumpkin Crack Dip
- Beet Dip
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Layered Greek Dip
- 7 Layer Taco Dip
- Chili Cheese Dip
- Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip Fat-Free and Fabulous
- Basil White Bean and Chickpea Dip and Sandwich Spread
- Nacho Cheese Sauce
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂