Ok, I had to look up the word Crudités the first time I saw it – I always called it “a veggie tray”. You know …. with that plastic container of Ranch in the middle? Well now you can toss that tub of nastiness out – and use THIS Vegan French Onion Dip instead – omg…… nom nom nom
Seriously, this tastes just like those envelopes of French Onion Dip mix – only without all the salt, msg, or whatever else they add to their mix.
And instead of using Sour Cream we’re going to use Tofu instead, making this recipe not only lower in fat AND 100% Vegan… but also perfect for those Holiday gatherings.
The hardest part of this recipe is caramelizing the onion, which I show you how to do in the video below. It’s really very simple but just takes a little bit of time.
The rest of the ingredients go right into the blender. No fuss, no muss.
I will admit – I’ve tried making this before and it was a complete fail. But THIS time I think the planets were aligned just right
It’s THAT good.
So without further ado – I give you my super easy, and super TASTY….Vegan French Onion Dip.
And might I suggest a few plates of my homemade Fat-Free Potato Chips…..you’re welcome.
Vegan French Onion Dip
We’re going to start with the widest frying pan you have (
Spread the onions out evenly, and then sprinkle 3/4 tsp salt over the tops of the onions and walk away for 30 minutes.
Don’t stir them, don’t touch them, don’t add any oil, just let them do their thing. The salt will help draw out the moisture.
Meanwhile, you can drain a 16oz package of Extra-Firm Tofu and toss that into your blender along with 5 teaspoons Lemon Juice, 3 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tsp Vegan Worcestershire, and 1 teaspoon of Maple Syrup. This will be our Sour Cream base.
Give that a few pulses to get everything mixed together, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary.
Next, add 1/3 cup of dried Chopped Onions (mine were the Kirkland Brand from Costco), 2 teaspoons Onion Powder, 1/4 tsp Celery Seed, 1/4 tsp Paprika, 1/4 tsp Salt, and a pinch of Black Pepper.
Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides again as needed, and taste for salt. Adjust to your liking.
After our 30 minutes are up with our onions on the stove, give them a stir. They should be beginning to turn nice and brown. And if there’s any burned on brown stuff in the pan – (the fond) – we’ll add a few splashes of Balsamic Vinegar and scrape that right up mixing it into the onions.
Continue this process of allowing the onions to cook undisturbed for 5-10 minutes at a time, then giving them a stir and scraping up the bottom with water or veg broth until the onions are nice and soft and brown.
Finally – we’ll add these caramelized onions directly into our blender and pulse a few times, not only to break up the onions but also to mix it all together.
Don’t over blend – or you’ll end up with a creamy dip (unless that’s what you like) but just enough to bring it all together.
I left mine a little on the chunky side which to me, was absolutely perfect.
Let me know if you make this by leaving a comment below or tagging me on Instagram. Hope you all like it as much as I do!