Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

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Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip is an easy hot appetizer that will have everybody begging for the recipe!  It’s perfect for game nights, holiday entertaining, or just a romantic night in.

Photo of a person dipping a piece of toasted bread into sweet vidalia onion dip.

This is an absolutely fabulous crowd pleasing appetizer, I’m telling you right off the bat, run to the store and pick up a Vidalia onion and a baguette, then run back and read the post.  Hurry.  It’s too good to miss.  I swear I won’t sink that slice of grilled bread into the creamy cheesy, oniony dip until you get back, but get a move on, I’m only human…

Photo of sweet vidalia onion dip with a basket of toasted bread in the background.

This Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip is a winner.  And we are a serious dip-for-dinner kind of family so you can take that to the bank.  It’s challenging my all time favorite, spinach artichoke.  This one is even easier to make, and it’s bursting with fresh onion flavor without any questionable ingredients (I’m looking at you, dry onion soup mix.)  Not sure if it’s the sweet onion, the mix of cheeses, or a combination, but it just works.

Photo of a piece of toasted bread being dipped into sweet vidalia onion dip.

Some people like to caramelize their onions for a dip like this, but I prefer to keep them raw. Vidalias are famous for their sweet mild flavor, people even eat them like apples.  I slice them into very thin strips and they cook up perfectly in the oven, retaining just a hint of crunch and a fresh sweet onion flavor.  The dip has a very appealing creamy white color, too, under the lightly browned crust.

Photo of someone lifting a piece of toasted bread out of sweet vidalia onion dip.

Nothing is set in stone here, the ingredient amounts are flexible, as are the types of cheeses.  Just be aware that the stronger the cheese, the more flavor you’ll get.  If you use Monterey Jack and mozzarella, your dip will be on the bland side.  A good rule of thumb is to add some kind of aged Italian cheese, in the Parmesan family, to the mix because they are very assertive.  I found Grana Padano, which is similar to Parmesan, so I used that.

Photo of a vidalia onion, with cheese and other ingredients for sweet vidalia onion dip in the background.

This is an appetizer that you can easily customize to what you like, or what you have in the fridge.  If you like a smokey flavor, try my SMOKEY ONION DIP.

Photo of ingredients for sweet vidalia onion dip mixed together in a glass bowl.

It’s a chop and drop method, everything gets thrown into a bowl and mixed together.  You can do it way ahead of time.  It’s got all the earmarks of the ideal party appetizer, but I think it’s just as good a choice for a romantic evening for two.  I’ll definitely be making this during the holiday season, it’s so warm and comfy.  Love.

Photo of sweet vidalia onion dip with a basket of toasted bread in the background.

Craving more Vidalia onion recipes?  I love sweet onions and I use them whenever I can find them.  My VIDALIA ONION STRINGS WITH HORSERADISH AIOLI is another killer appetizer that disappears in record time.  And because these onions are so sweet, they are perfectly delicious raw ~ my SWEET VIDALIA ONION SLAW is proof!

Or, want to spice things up?  Try my HATCH GREEN CHILE DIP.

Reader Rave ~

My husband was given a 10lb bag of Vidalia onions as a gift. I’ve been making many of the recipes that you featured here and this one is his favorite! I followed your recipe to the letter and he said that it was the best dip he’s ever had. Thank you! (And as I write this, your quiche is baking in the oven. Looking forward to that, too!) Will definitely make again.”  ~Sarah

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Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip


  • 1 Vidalia onion, anywhere from 10-12 ounces (any sweet variety will do)
  • 1 scant cup mayonnaise
  • 1 scant cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Grana Padano cheese (substitute good Parmesan or Romano)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • lots of fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 4 dashes hot sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce


  1. Set the oven to 375F
  2. Peel and slice the onion in half. Then slice it in half again, and cut 3 of the sections into very fine slices. Take the last piece and mince it. Put the onion in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix well until everything is thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
  3. Spoon the mixture into an ovenproof casserole and bake for 25 minutes until browned and bubbly.
  4. While the dip is baking, slice a baguette and place the slices on a hot grill pan to toast them on both sides. Serve with the hot dip.


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    Jenni House
    January 12, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Delicious!! And I’m an appetizer snob! Made no less than 5 times since it was a hit at Thanksgiving. Searched again for the recipe to make for my sis in law’s fam while visiting them in Dallas this weekend. Had to finally comment about how good and universally loved this yummy hot dip is! My kiddos eat it up too!! Great with fresh veggies as well as the recommended toasts.

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      January 12, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      Yay ~ I’m so glad you came back to let me know, I love the idea of serving it with veggies, I don’t think I’ve ever done it that way :)

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    Christy Koenig
    January 9, 2019 at 8:41 am

    I made this for a get together and everyone loved it. It was so simple to make and with ingredients typically on hand.

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      January 9, 2019 at 8:56 am

      I’m glad it was a hit Christy, it’s always so nice to have a recipe like this available for last minute entertaining.

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    Joyce Wilson
    January 7, 2019 at 5:03 am

    This was awesome – I make a similar one with cream cheese, Swiss cheese, onions, nutmeg – yes nutmeg, it makes all the difference and topped with toasted onions – I always get asked for the recipe

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