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This Creamy Caramelized Onion Dip is the perfect sweet and savory vegan dip to serve for any special occasion. It’s also naturally gluten-free and can be made oil-free to suit any dietary needs. Serve chilled with your favorite crackers, chips, or vegetables.
We’ve got two other vegan onion dips you’ve got to try: the absolute classic French Onion Dip and a hot and creamy Baked Onion Dip. So we’ve got you covered for football season, the holiday season, and any other scenario where a delicious vegan dip would come in handy.
Vegan Caramelized Onion Dip Ingredients
- Vegan Butter – Vegan butter is used to deeply caramelize the onions. We like to use Country Crock Plant Butter, but other brands like Flora, Miyoko’s Creamery, and Earth Balance work well too.
- Sweet Onions – To make the best caramelized onions, we recommend using sweet onions over yellow ones. Don’t skimp here!
- Aromatics – Fresh garlic, fresh rosemary, black pepper, and salt help round out the flavors in this dish.
- Cannellini Beans – Using beans to make creamy sauces and dips is one of our favorite tricks. Cannellini beans will not only make this onion dip thick and creamy, but they’re rich in protein and fiber too. Rinse the beans well under cool water before using them to aid in digestion.
- Vegan Cream Cheese – We use and recommend Kite Hill Plain Vegan Cream Cheese. It’s made from nuts and makes this vegan onion dip extra rich and creamy, yet completely free from dairy.
- Lemon – Freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest will give the richness of this dip a pop of brightness. We highly recommend fresh lemon juice over bottled.
- Nutritional Yeast – A classic vegan ingredient to help add a cheesiness to the dip without dairy cheese. As a bonus, it’s packed with B vitamins, especially B12. We like to use Bragg Nutritional Yeast. When purchasing in stores, buy nutritional yeast, not brewer’s yeast. The two are often confused but very different!
- Oil – We like to use olive oil, avocado oil, or vegetable oil. Melted coconut oil can also be used, but it will give the dip a slight coconut undertone.
- Ice Water – Just like when making our creamy pesto hummus, ice water will help make the base of this vegan caramelized onion dip extra light and smooth tasting.
How to Make Vegan Onion Dip
- Caramelize the onions. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the sliced onions, rosemary, garlic, and salt. Stir to combine. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook, occasionally stirring, until the onions are deep in color and significantly reduced in size, about 30-35 minutes.
- Blend the remaining ingredients. Add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, scraping down the sides as needed, until the onion dip base is smooth.
- Add the caramelized onions. Pulse a few times to distribute the onions in the dip. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
- Chill. Set the vegan onion dip in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Oil-Free Caramelized Onions Option
If you’re looking for an oil-free vegan caramelized onion dip, omit the additional 1 tablespoon of olive oil and follow the instructions for how to caramelize onions without oil in this separate blog post.
You can use either the sweet onions called for in this recipe or white onions.
Can I Make This Dip in Advance?
Absolutely! If you plan on bringing this caramelized onion dip to a potluck, holiday gathering, or are making it for hosting, prep it 1-2 days in advance. Then, store it in the fridge, tightly covered, and remove it before serving.
This dip will store well in the fridge for up to 4 days. For best, prolonged freshness, store in a tightly covered container or airtight glass jar.
We do not recommend freezing the dip.
The best part of homemade dips is there are many ways to serve them! Here are a couple of our favorite dippers to serve with:
- Potato chips
- Tortilla Chips
- Carrot sticks
- Celery sticks
- Broccoli florets
- Cauliflower florets
Additional Party-Friendly Appetizers to Serve
If you’re hosting or simply preparing a spread to enjoy on game days, check out these easy vegan snacks and finger foods your crowd may love:
Or check out this ultimate list of 30 Vegan Game Day Recipes!
If you liked this caramelized onion dip, you might also enjoy:
- Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 7-Layer Dip
- Vegan French Onion Dip
- Creamy Baked Onion Dip
- Vegan Street Corn Dip
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