We can go through a lot of snacks at our house! Instead of opting for prepackaged (and not so healthy) versions, I try to provide healthy snacks for my family that are also tasty and kid-approved. This healthy homemade French onion dip is another one to add to the snack list. It’s great for kids, game day, and company (or even a midday snack).
For the Love of French Onion
In high school, I fell in love with the flavor of French onion soup. I hadn’t had it before since onions were banned in our house (my dad hated even the smell). Since then we’ve switched to real food and I now make my own French onion soup mix. French onion dip is another way to get the onion flavor I crave.
This creamy dip really hits the spot when you just need something rich and full of flavor. I use full-fat sour cream for the base, but you could also use Greek yogurt or sub 1 cup mayonnaise for half of the sour cream. Sour cream mixed with a block of cream cheese would also be delicious. It’s pretty versatile so you can use what you have on hand.
I also use shallots instead of caramelized onions here. They add another depth of flavor but still have that lovely oniony taste. You could use yellow onions, white onions, or Vidalia sweet onions if you can’t find shallots though.
Instead of garlic powder, we’re using real minced garlic for a more flavorful dip. Some caramelized onion dip recipes call for soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce, but I’ve found I like it without.
Skip the Chip: Healthy Dipping Ideas
We don’t eat a lot of potato chips around here since most of them are made with unhealthy vegetable oils like canola and soy. However, there are some brands (like this one) that use avocado oil or coconut oil for a healthier version of the plain potato chip.
Here are some other pretzel and potato chip alternatives to enjoy with this French onion dip. Hint: They don’t all have to be chips!
- Cucumber slices
- Carrot or celery sticks
- Broccoli or cauliflower florets
- Plantain chips
- Sweet potato or vegetable chips
- Healthy chicken fingers
Creative Uses for French Onion Dip
French onion dip doesn’t just have to be a dip either. The creamy, salty flavor also makes a good topping for tacos or stirred into mashed potatoes. (We like these creamy garlic mashed cauliflower “potatoes.”) When prepared right it tastes like the real thing, but without so much starch and even more nutrition.
Homemade French Onion Dip Recipe
Looking for More Easy Dip Recipes?
It seems like vegetables and other dishes disappear more easily around here when there’s a fun and flavorful sauce to dip them in. And for the days when company is coming over, it helps to have several appetizers to munch on.
- Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe – This dip combines protein, veggies, and healthy fat into one delicious dish. It’s an easy recipe for the kids to help out with too.
- Healthy Real-Food Ranch Dressing – Almost everything tastes better with a little ranch dressing. This version skips unhealthy ingredients like MSG and soybean oil for a tasty real-food version. It’s great as a veggie dip, over salad, or even with potato or meat dishes.
- Easy Guacamole Recipe – Avocados are packed with healthy fats and they add a creamy base to foods. This guacamole recipe really couldn’t be any easier and features tasty salsa. Use it for tacos, salads, and more!
Do you like French onion dip? What do you like to dip in it?