A dairy-free onion dip that uses sweet caramelized onions, nutritional yeast, raw cashews and more — and it’s about to be your new favorite dip.
I think we can all agree that French onion dip is a classic. It’s tangy, salty, creamy and cool — making it an easy gameday and party go-to. However, the traditional kind we all grew up eating definitely lacks the nutritional punch. That’s why I set out to create a dairy-free onion dip that checked all of the boxes — and tasted just as good — if not better.
This simple recipe delivers the perfect, irresistible tang that you’d expect in a great onion dip. Caramelized onions pair with protein-rich nutritional yeast and soaked raw cashews, a splash of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, a dash of black pepper and an onion salt mix. The result is flavor-packed and delicious — all while being dairy-free, too.
Like cashew cheese and hummus, this dairy-free onion dip is great to make on batch cooking day. Simply make a batch, taste test it — of course! —and store in an airtight container so you can enjoy all week long. Eat it with your favorite raw or roasted veggies, on a lunchtime wrap, as part of your Nourish Bowl — the possibilities are endless!
That nutritional yeast? It’s a great source of plant-based protein —and B vitamins and fiber — in a very small volume. Just 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast contain 8-10g protein (depending on brand), and it’s a “complete” protein. Thanks to its strong flavor, it’s a great cheesy substitute without using any dairy. Read more about nutritional yeast here.
We can thank the cashews and olive oil for a nice boost of healthy fats. Fats provide our body with a layer of protection, insulating our organs and keeping our core body temperature normal. They also help us digest fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K to keep our brains, cells, hormones, tissues, hair, skin, and nails healthy, and provide the structural component to many cell membranes which are essential for cellular development.
Onions, garlic, and olive oil are all known for their antioxidant properties. Garlic, particularly, provides a good source of the mineral selenium, which is an antioxidant great in fighting inflammation. Olive oil is known for its high levels of Vitamin E and antioxidants, while also having anti-inflammatory properties.
Opt for the highest quality extra virgin olive oil here if you can — it’s a difference you can taste in a recipe like this! Read more about the 5 quality ingredients you shouldn’t skimp on.