Gluten Free Dairy Free Veagn Balsamic Onion Dip

Gluten Free Balsamic Onion Dip Recipe

This is not your mama’s onion dip – you know the one I am talking about, where you mix a packet of onion soup mix with some sour cream. First of all this dip is gluten-free, dairy free and yes, even vegan. Secondly there is depth of flavor that you just can’t get from opening a packet of soup mix; sweet, savory, tart, complex. Nope, this is certainly not your mama’s onion dip. But it goes really, really well with potato chips (or fresh veggies for those so inclined), especially salt and vinegar potato chips.

I hear tell there is a big football game going on this weekend. For me this means I make up a bunch of snacks and get the heck out of the house before the madness begins. It’s not that I don’t like football it’s just that…ok, I don’t like football. Sorry! I do however like the snacks that go along with Superbowl watching and the people my hubby invites over have come to rely on those snacks. I always like to include something that everyone can eat regardless of food intolerances, allergies or choices. And I really, really like this dip! It is based on a recipe sent to me by my friend Jan. I tweaked it here and there to make it allergy free and vegan with the addition of the mayonnaise substitute Vegenaise and some Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese alternative.

If you are a football fan, I hope your team wins this weekend. As for me, I am heading off for some shopping and will maybe catch a movie but not until I have stashed my own personal supply of this Gluten Free Balsamic Onion Dip way back in the dark recesses of my fridge.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan Balsamic Onion Dip

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Veagn Balsamic Onion Dip
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Gluten Free Balsamic Onion Dip Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Chill time1 hr
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 large Vidalia (or other sweet) onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large tart apple (such as Granny Smith), peeled, cored and grated on the large holes of a box grater
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme - chopped
  • 1 cup Vegenaise
  • ½ cup Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese Alternative
  • Several dashes of hot sauce (like Tabasco)


  • Peel and slice the onions thinly. In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the sliced onions, salt and pepper. Stir and cook until the onions start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the grated apple tossing to coat and add ¼ cup of water. Reduce the heat to medium, cook until the onions are very soft and deeply caramelized, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally (you may have to adjust the heat to keep from burning). Add the vinegar and increase the heat, stirring until the liquid has all been evaporated. Stir in the thyme. Remove from the heat and let cool. Remove about 1 tablespoon of the caramelized onions for garnish if desired and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the Vegenaise and Vegan Gourmet until smooth. Stir in the caramelized onions and some hot sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to a day or two ahead. Top with the reserved onions and serve with chips or cut up vegetables for a perfect gluten free dip.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Balsamic Onion Dip Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 197mg8%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 5.7mg7%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Wow- this sounds fabulous! I think I’ll make it for a meeting next week actually.

    1. February 5, 2011

      That should liven up the meeting :)


  2. February 4, 2011

    That is the most beautiful onion dip I’ve ever seen! Wow!

    1. February 5, 2011

      Thanks Jeanine!


  3. Donna
    February 5, 2011

    So glad I found this in time for the big game. My brother and sil are coming and they are vegan. Off right now to get more Vegenaise. Thanks!

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  5. February 6, 2011

    I’m not a fan of spots either, but I am a fan of your presention! So cute!

  6. February 6, 2011

    This is so gorgeous, it almost makes me want to cry. Wow!!!!! My hubs will be thrilled when I whip this one up with some of my homemade potato chips! Thank you Carol!

    1. February 7, 2011

      Oh, I want some of your homemade potato chips too!

  7. February 7, 2011

    this sounds fantastic! I think I will try it out with a homemade mayo recipe I have from adventures of a gluten-free mom (we can’t do soy right now); my 4-year old loves onions and dips, so I’m excited to see how it turns out.

    1. February 7, 2011

      I also have it on good authority that Follow Your Heart is now working on soy free products so that their products are free of the most common allergens!

  8. February 8, 2011

    I can’t wait to try this Carol! I love onion dip and this takes it up so many notches :) I also love the presentation! I’ve linked this recipe in my Fav Top Ten Recipes of last week post. Thanks!

    ~Aubree Cherie

    1. February 8, 2011

      Thanks again Aubree, I love your top ten lists and always feel so special when you include me!

  9. February 9, 2011

    Love the combination of ingredients. And awesome presentation!

    1. February 9, 2011

      Thank you! :)

  10. February 18, 2011

    tres interessant, merci

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  13. February 25, 2011

    Ooh, this sounds good! I love your presentation in the cabbage.

  14. October 28, 2014

    Has anyone experimented with using a different herb other than thyme in this recipe? Maybe basil? I am not able to view any of the comments, so if this has been addressed, I apologize.

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