I am thrilled to share this brand-new recipe for Dairy-Free Creamy Onion Dip with you all. This recipe is one that’s incredibly nostalgic for me. I grew up eating this classic dip at practically every gathering – Thanksgiving, Super Bowl, you name it. The usual ingredients for the Onion Dip I grew up on called for sour cream and a packet of seasoning, so when I first eliminated dairy, I thought I’d never be able to have something like this again. The seasoning packet we used also had a few forms of corn, wheat, and soy in it, so I haven’t enjoyed this favorite in over a decade.
“As a few of the ladies finished their remaining prep in the kitchen and set out some appetizers, the rest of the crew headed to the backyard for the annual game of touch football. As I sat watching the game, one of my friends set a basket of potato chips, a giant bowl of creamy onion dip, and a tray of cut vegetables surrounding a vat of ranch dressing on the bar next to me. Potatoes are on my list of carbohydrates to cut out, I reminded myself, so none for me. The starches fed the bad bacteria in my gut, which I was trying to eliminate and replace with good, healthy bacteria that fight inflammation. What is in that onion dip that I love so much? I thought as I eyed the carrots that I knew I could eat. I dreamt about smothering them in the creamy dip or drenching them in the ranch. They probably have milk or sour cream in them—or both, my brain reprimanded my growling stomach. Dry carrots and celery it is. I started munching on them like a bunny, eyeing with disdain the velvety dips that sat taunting me.”
An excerpt from page xvi of my memoir Food Saved Me
This paleo-friendly version of one of my all-time favorites is made with lactose-free cream cheese and sour cream, or the 100% dairy-free alternatives of plain yogurt and Miyokos cream cheese. Mixed with caramelized onions and a variety of spices, this is one remake that you might want to make a double batch of! I serve this alongside Siete avocado oil potato chips and Simple Mills Crackers, but feel free to use your favorite chip. Plantain or taro chips would be great as well.
This dairy-free creamy onion dip recipe is easy to make and can be made in advance if you are going to a party or gathering. It will stay good for about 7-10 days in the refrigerator, so you can definitely make it a day or two in advance, just be sure to not sneakily eat it all before!
Other way to serve:
While I love enjoying the go-to snack of my teenage years with chips, you can also serve whatever veggies you’d like with this dip. My kids love carrots and celery, but any veggie would be good to serve it with. It’s also delicious spread on a warm grain-free pizza crust and topped with sauteed vegetables for a nightshade-free pizza night, or warmed in a grain-free tortilla like a quesadilla!
I hope you love this recipe! If you are looking for more dips and appetizer foods you can find some on my blog here.
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Dairy-Free Creamy Onion Dip
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Cuisine: American
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onions
- 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 1 1/2 cups lactose free sour cream (I love Green Valley Organics. Or use dairy free plain yogurt such as Culina)
- 1/4 cup paleo-friendly mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup lactose-free cream cheese (or Miyokos dairy-free cream cheese)
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- Heat the avocado oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and salt. Reduce to low and caramelize the onions for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool.
- Mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, cream cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, and white pepper in a bowl. Stir in the caramelized onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill for an hour before serving. The flavors get better and better each day for the first couple of days! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Keywords: paleo, gluten free, grain free, Danielle Walker, snack, dip, game night