This French onion dip is lightened up with Greek yogurt, but still packed full of flavour. It’s lovely with crisps, veggies or slices of pita bread.
I remember often having French onion dip when I was a child. It was on every buffet and we dunked crisps/potato chips into it. But that was in Canada and French onion dip certainly isn’t a ‘thing’ in the UK. Well, it should be! It’s creamy and packed with umami flavours. It has the caramelised flavour of French onion soup – in dip form!
As soon as I dunked a carrot into this recipe, the memories of childhood parties came flooding back. I love how food, like smells, can so quickly unlock a memory. I instantly remembered the table that my parents put out at parties and the glass punch bowl that always made an appearance…
This dip is so quick to make, but will really benefit from being made in advance. Keep it in the fridge overnight or for a few hours and you’ll reap the rewards as the onions permeate the yogurt.
It’s simply caramelised onions with some extra flavourings swirled into Greek yogurt. Easy and delicious with no strange ingredients.
I use yogurt as I find that it’s too heavy with mayo or sour cream. You can easily substitute dairy-free yogurt to make it vegan.
Know your onions
Take your time caramelising the onions. They want to be slowly browned to become lovely, fragrant and sweet. Keep stirring and if they start to burn on the bottom of the pan, just add a tablespoon of water. You may not need to though.
I saved time, and crying eyes, by slicing the onions in a food processor. Because life’s too short to sob over the cutting board…
Recipe for lighter French onion dip
- 5 yellow/white onions
- 3 tbsp cooking oil (rapeseed, canola etc...)
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp soy sauce or tamari
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (or vegetarian/vegan alternative)
- 375g (1 ½ cups) plain Greek yogurt (or vegan alternative)
- Salt and pepper
- Peel and finely slice the onions (I used a food processor).
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a low-medium heat and add the onions and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to brown - about 10 minutes. Add the sugar and continue cooking, and stirring, for a few more minutes until they caramelise. If the onions begin to burn, add a tablespoon of water and continue cooking.
- Add the garlic, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce and cook for a further minute.
- Remove the onions from the heat and allow to cool.
- In a large bowl, stir the yogurt with the cooled onions (reserve some onions for decoration) until well mixed. Season very well. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
I made this recipe for Redmond and used their handy Kitchen Scales SkyScales 741S-Е – scales that connect to an app that lets you count nutritional values as you make the recipe! You just weight each ingredient, input what it is and the app does all the maths. I love that the scale is very accurate and has a tare button so you can put it back to nil weight without moving the bowl.
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Looking for more dip recipes? Try my hot spinach and artichoke dip in a bread bowl!
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Disclosure: This recipe for French Onion Dip was commissioned by Redmond. Thanks for supporting the brands that make it possible for me to mess up my kitchen and write Veggie Desserts.