vegan French onion dip

A bowl is filled with vegan French onion dip with caramelized onions and chopped chives.

Vegan French onion dip is creamy and rich with sweet and tangy flavors and plenty of oil-free caramelized onions.


  • 1 cup of raw cashews
  • 3 medium onions, peeled and chopped (3 cups)
  • 1 - 15 oz. (400 gm.) can of white beans such as haricot, cannellini, or white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 tsp. lemon juice (more if needed)
  • 4 tsp. apple cider vinegar (more if needed)
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika (smoked or sweet)
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. chives, chopped


*If you are soaking the cashews, start there. Otherwise, get on with caramelizing the onions first.

  1. To caramelize the onions, preheat the skillet to medium-high heat. Add the onions and stir them for a few minutes. Lower the heat slightly and when they being to stick, add ¼ of a cup of water. Use a wooden spoon to pick up the onions stuck to the bottom of the pan. Repeat the process until the onions are dark and soft.
  2. Remove the onions from the heat and set them aside.
  3. If you have soaked the cashews, then drain them and add them to a food processor. If not, put the cashews in a spice grinder or high-powered processor. Grind them into a fine powder.
  4. Place the cashews and beans in the processor and blend until they are smooth.
  5. Add the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, paprika, and ground black pepper.
  6. Transfer the dip to a bowl. Mix in about half the onions. Reserve the other half to use as a garnish. Before garnishing, cover and chill the onion dip in the refrigerator for an hour.
  7. Once the dip has chilled. Give it a stir. Add more lemon juice if you want to thin it a bit. Garnish with the rest of the caramelized onions and chopped chives.
  8. Serve with veggies, crackers, toasted pita bread, or any of your favorite dippers.


  • If you soak the cashews, plan for an additional prep time of 3 ½ hours and start prepping and caramelizing the onions first. If you prefer and want to save time, grind the cashews. No soaking necessary.
  • Yellow or white onions work best for this recipe. It’s possible to use red onion, but the result will be sweeter.
  • Be sure you begin with a preheated pan before adding the onions to caramelize them. Keep them moving, add water (no more than ¼ of a cup at a time). Allow the water to fully dissipate before adding more water.
  • Don’t skip the chilling step of this recipe. That’s what gives this dip the maximum flavor.

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