Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

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 days, holiday entertaining, or just a romantic night in.

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

This sweet Vidalia onion dip is an absolutely fabulous crowd pleasing appetizer

I’m telling you right off the bat, run to the store and pick up your ingredients (there’s a list below) 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…

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

We’re a serious dip-for-dinner kind of family so you can take if from me, this is a winner. 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.

What you’ll need for the best baked onion dip

  • a sweet onion like Vidalia or other variety. It will be with the other onions in your produce aisle
  • sour cream
  • mayonnaise
  • an aged Italian cheese like Grana Padano, or Parmesan, Romano, Asiago etc.
  • mozzarella 
  • white cheddar cheese
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • hot sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce


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

Some 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.

Customize this onion dip recipe to what you’ve got in the fridge

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.

I make this cheesy dip with the chop and drop method

Everything gets thrown into a bowl and mixed together. You can do it way ahead of time, just cover it and pop it in the fridge. 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 ingredients for sweet vidalia onion dip mixed together in a glass bowl.

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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 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!

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

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip with grilled bread
3.81 from 420 votes

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.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Calories 289kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 Vidalia onion, anywhere from 10-12 ounces (any sweet onion 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


  • Set the oven to 375F
  • 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.
  • Spoon the mixture into an ovenproof casserole and bake for 25 minutes until browned and bubbly.
  • 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.



Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 348IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    July 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I love viadlia onions, this dip looks incredible!

  • Reply
    July 14, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Hi Sue, love this version, looks amazing. have pinned!

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    Patricia Scarpin
    July 14, 2014 at 5:33 am

    That is perfect to snack on while watching a movie – delicious!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Printing and drooling! One day, if we ever get to meet, this is what I want to have at our table! Yum – my husband would love this and so would I. Thank you!

  • Reply
    July 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    This sounds so good! I may have to reserve it for a night of total indulgence, and eat the entire pan by myself…or, realistically, halve it and eat that, as I’m the only one who voluntarily eats sour cream in our house. More for me!

  • Reply
    Cate @ Chez CateyLou
    July 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Oooh I do want to run out to get the ingredients for this right now – this dip looks so good! This would be the hit of any party!!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea
    July 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I am not surprised to hear it’s a crowd please. Onion dip is anyway, but this one is over the top
    special. Photos makes me want to run and get some crackers and ‘dip into’ my computer screen.

  • Reply
    July 13, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I do the caramelized version 🙂 I will have to try your method because we love sweet onions like Vidalias!

    • Reply
      July 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

      I’m sure I’d love the caramelized version, too, but the little bit of bite that this method gives is really nice!

  • Reply
    July 13, 2014 at 8:39 am

    It’s a little different than mine..must try soon!

    • Reply
      July 13, 2014 at 10:48 am

      I’d love to see your recipe, Monique, I’m completely smitten with onion dip all of a sudden!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    July 13, 2014 at 8:39 am

    This is more like a cheese dip than onion 🙂 So creamy and awesome!

    • Reply
      July 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

      The cheese is a big bonus!

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