Gluten Free Balsamic Onion Dip Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on February 4, 2011

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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 dip way back in the dark recesses of my fridge.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegan Balsamic Onion Dip

Gluten Free Balsamic Onion Dip Recipe


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.


A gluten free recipe that makes 9 servings.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

KK @ How To Bake A Crocodile February 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm

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


Carol, Simply Gluten Free February 5, 2011 at 8:37 am

That should liven up the meeting :)



Jeanine February 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm

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


Carol, Simply Gluten Free February 5, 2011 at 8:36 am

Thanks Jeanine!



Donna February 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

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!


InTolerantChef February 6, 2011 at 4:53 am

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


Gluten Free Diva February 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm

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!


Carol, Simply Gluten Free February 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

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


Breanna Peterson February 7, 2011 at 2:17 am

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.


Carol, Simply Gluten Free February 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

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!


Aubree Cherie February 8, 2011 at 8:55 am

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


Carol, Simply Gluten Free February 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

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


Jess February 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Love the combination of ingredients. And awesome presentation!


Carol, Simply Gluten Free February 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Thank you! :)


rachat de credit February 18, 2011 at 10:12 am

tres interessant, merci


Alta February 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm

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


Kris October 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

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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