Dairy-Free Caramelized Onion Dip
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Caramelized onions are the secret to this rich, savory, and irresistible dip. No one would guess that it’s made with a cauliflower base rather than dairy, cashews, or tofu! Like any good party guest, it fits with any theme, and can quickly turn strangers into friends. We serve it with Enjoy Life Lentil Chips, since they suit almost every dietary need and have a light, crisp texture that’s still sturdy enough to support a generous dollop.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings (2 generous cups)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, minced
  • 1 pound cauliflower florets, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons plain unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh chives or scallions, thinly sliced
  • Enjoy Life Lentil Chips, any flavor
  1. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onions and sauté for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Turn down the heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring periodically, for 40 to 45 minutes. You’ll want to stir more frequently towards the end of the cooking time to prevent the onions from sticking and burning. Gradually, the color will darken to a rich amber brown. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, steam the cauliflower if working with fresh until fork-tender, or simply heat frozen cauliflower until thawed.
  3. Place the cauliflower in your food processor or high power blender with the nutritional yeast, vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne (if using,) and salt. Pulse to combine, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl with your spatula as needed.
  4. With the motor running, slowly stream in the milk beverage until it reaches your desired consistency. Continue blending until completely smooth, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. Use a spatula to fold in the caramelized onions and about half of the chives or scallions.
  6. Transfer the dip a bowl ant top with the remaining chives or scallions.
  7. Serve the dip with lentil chips. You can enjoy it right away, warm, or cover and refrigerate the dip for at least one hour, until chilled.
Note: Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this dip will last for 3 to 5 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: about ¼ cup Calories: 82 Fat: 5.6g Saturated fat: .8g Carbohydrates: 7.3g Sugar: 2.7g Sodium: 170mg Fiber: 2.8g Protein: 2.7g
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-caramelized-onion-dip