What’s a party, Super Bowl or otherwise, without chips and dip? Especially that quintessential chip dip, French onion dip? If you agree, but have been at a loss as to how to make that classic French onion dip vegan and gluten-free, you’re going to love our gluten-free vegan French onion dip! Now we’re going to tell you right up front that the French onion part of our vegan French onion dip does come from a mix, but the trick is using the right mix.
You may be wondering what’s not gluten-free or vegan about the Lipton’s onion soup mix that is the traditional ingredient in classic French onion dip. While the onion soup mix may or may not be vegan (hard to tell with all of those ingredients), it is definitely not gluten-free. Here are the ingredients for Lipton’s onion soup mix: Onions (Dehydrated), Salt, Corn Starch, Onion Powder, Sugar, Soy Sauce (Fermented Soybeans, Wheat and Salt), Caramel Color (Sulfites), Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup (Dehydrated), Yeast Extract, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate. Plus there are a bunch of ingredients in there that you just may not want.
Speaking of ingredients you may not want, while you may be tempted to use commercial vegan sour cream for your dip, even they have more ingredients than we like. For example the ingredients in Tofutti’s vegan sour cream include an expeller processed “natural oil blend” of soybean, palm fruit and olive oils, maltodextrin, and a gum blend of locust bean, guar, cellulose, xanthan, and carrageenan. Even Kite Hill’s vegan sour cream has maltodextrin, and rice starch.
By contrast, the vegan sour cream base for our dip is made with cashews, vinegar, and salt. Period. And really, with apologies to Meghan Trainor, it’s all about the base. And having the right onion soup mix, one that is gluten-free, vegan, and, in this case, even organic. We’re talking about our favorite, Simply Organic French Onion Soup Mix.
The ingredients for Simply Organic’s French onion soup mix are gluten-free and vegan, and much cleaner than any other that we’ve found: “Organic Onion, Organic Maltodextrin, Sea Salt, Organic Garlic, Organic Black Pepper”. Period. (Yes, it does have maltodextrin, but at least it’s organic and, more importantly, not derived from wheat, as some are; we know this because the Simply Organic mix is certified gluten-free.) You can get Simply Organic French Onion Soup Mix here on Amazon, but really you should be able to find it at just about any grocery store; they even carry it at Kroger’s and Safeway!
As for chips, we generally like to get organic potato chips whenever possible, but for this we really like the Kettle brand “krinkle” cut Himalayan pink salt potato chips, which are at least non-GMO, and are available for just about $5 for a huge party bag (32 ounces) at Costco.
Gluten-Free Vegan Game Day Party Dip and Chips featuring Our Gluten-Free Vegan French Onion Dip!
This can be made the same day as you are going to serve it, but it’s even better if it’s allowed to sit overnight in the fridge so that the flavors blend together and mellow.
2 cups unroasted (“raw”) cashews, soaked in water (the longer the better within reason, but at least an hour)
2 Tablespoons white vinegar (can also use lemon juice if you don’t have white vinegar)
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
salt to taste
1 envelope Simply Organic French Onion Soup Mix
1 bag potato chips of choice
Drain the cashews and put the cashews, vinegars, and salt in a high-speed blender. Start the blender at low speed and turn up the speed until it’s going at full speed. Blend until smooth (you may need to stop a couple of times to scrape the sides down).
Taste your sour cream, and add more salt or a little more white vinegar if you think it needs it.
Remove from blender and mix in the onion soup mix. Store in the fridge, and serve with chips when ready.
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