a bowl of onion dip with chives and dried onions sprinkled on top with a chip dipped in the bowl.

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Why I love this french onion dip

French onion dip is a party favorite around here. You know the one. The stuff that’s made with only a container of sour cream and a packet of onion soup mix. I love it during football season, and I felt so terrible that Marc couldn’t have any when someone would make it.

Sure there are a few vegan options on the market, and some aren’t half bad, but I wanted to be able to make it with normal ingredients, and in a larger batch that those tiny containers because it’s nice to only make one that we can share.

After finally nailing vegan spinach dip, I figured I could revisit onion dip after many failed attempts, and the same combo that gave the spinach dip the perfect flavor, ended up being the perfect choice for onion dip.

close up of a chip being dipped into onion dip

Here’s what you’ll need to make french onion dip

Close up of a bowl of onion dip, chives and dried onions sprinkled on top

How to make french onion dip

Mix the dip. Combine the dip ingredients – hummus, mayonnaise (you can always use vegan mayo to make this dip vegan), unsweetened coconut yogurt and the soup mix – into a mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, hand mixer or whisk to stir until they’re evenly combined.

Let it rest. Cover the bowl and put the dip into the fridge and let it sit for a few hours. The longer you let it sit, the more flavorful it will become, and it will thicken as the dried ingredients absorb the liquid from the dip.

Garnish and serve. Give the dip a good stir and top with chopped chives before serving. This is totally optional, but if you have them – or green onions – definitely do it. It adds more visual appeal and an added boost of flavor.

Close up of a chip dipped in onion dip, with a bowl of onion dip in the background

FAQs and tips for making french onion dip

What is a dairy free substitute for sour cream?

Dairy free yogurt makes a great replacement for sour cream. Just make sure it’s an unsweetened version. Many plain vegan yogurts still contain sugar. Another option would be vegan sour cream, but you’ll want to add a little bit of lemon juice or vinegar to get that classic tangy taste.

Is onion dip vegan?

Traditional onion dip from the grocery store (or from a restaurant) isn’t going to be vegan. It’s typically made with sour cream, mayonnaise or cream cheese. This recipe can be made vegan, but you want to make sure you use vegan mayonnaise. Regular mayonnaise contains eggs, so it’s technically dairy free, but not vegan.

Can vegans have hummus?

Hummus normally contains no animal products, so yes it is considered vegan. It’s typically made with chickpeas, tahini and olive oil/ But I still recommend double checking labels to be sure there’s no milk listed in the ingredients.

A bowl of onion dip sprinkled with chives and dried onion pieces, with a spoon

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More delicious dairy free dips

Close up of a chip dipped in onion dip with the bowl of onion dip in the background

French Onion Dip

This dairy free French onion dip is so easy to throw together, and it tastes just like the French onion dip you grew up on, without the sour cream. The recipe uses a combination of hummus, mayo and coconut yogurt to create that signature flavor and texture. It’s also easily made vegan, by swapping in vegan mayo. I’m sure it will be on rotation in your house in no time.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1/2 cup store-bought plain hummus
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (or vegan mayo)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened plain coconut yogurt
  • 1 packet french onion soup mix*
  • 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • Chopped fresh chives, optional for garnish


  1. Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until smooth.
  2. Cover and refrigerate dip for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow the onion soup mix to rehydrate and thicken the dip.
  3. Garnish with chives before serving.


*Always double check the ingredients and look for milk ingredients to make sure this dip is dairy free.

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Last Updated on November 15, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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