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Vidalia Onion Dip

Vidalia Onion Dip is a simple, creamy, sweet onion dip that mixes up in minutes, bakes for half an hour, and is devoured in seconds!

A bowl of onion dip with a hand holding a chip.

We first tried this sweet onion dip years ago at a work reception that was held at the home of a lovely older couple, Mr. and Mrs. Chancy, in Florida.

If you can imagine a group of fifty or so people hovering over one small dish—well, that's how we looked while devouring this Vidalia Onion Dip!

Of course I asked for the recipe and soon after, Mrs. Chancy sent me a nice little note with this recipe.

The handwritten recipe for Vidalia Onion Dip.

I've tweaked the recipe just slightly by adding a couple of dashes of Worcestershire and hot sauce, and now anytime we are having a party this dip is on the menu, along with my famous Pimento Cheese.

Tools for Onion Dip

I'd be willing to bet that Mrs. Chancy hand-chopped the onions for her Vidalia Onion Dip and grated the cheese on a box grater.

While I have done both of these things, I much prefer to use my kitchen tools whenever I can!

  • Food processor - make quick work of chopping onions and grating cheese with this awesome workhorse. I've had mine for several years now and I still absolutely love it!
  • Shallow baking dish - I like to bake this dip in a shallow dish so it's easy to scoop up.

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Ingredients for the Onion Dip Recipe

  • Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • Cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Hot sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce

How to Make Vidalia Onion Dip

This dip is so easy! You just grate the cheese and chop the onion, then put everything in a large bowl and stir.

Step 1. Finely chop Vidalia or other sweet onion and then place in a wire mesh strainer over a bowl to drain for several minutes.

A mesh strained filled with chopped onions draining into a bowl.

Step 2. Combine chopped onion, cheese, mayonnaise, a dash of hot sauce, and a couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce in a bowl and stir until well mixed.

Step 3. Place the onion dip in a small, flat, lightly greased baking dish.

A dish of Vidalia onion dip ready to bake.

Step 4. Bake dip for 30-40 minutes, or until browning around the edges and slightly bubbly.

Step 5. Then let the onion dip rest for several minutes to absorb the oil from the cheese.

Pro tip: You can blot the excess grease lightly with paper towels.

Vidalia Onion Dip is smooth and creamy and the onion flavor is mild, while the Swiss cheese gives it a slight tang.

Tips for Vidalia Onion Dip

  • Serve with buttery crackers or chips and your guests will quickly devour this fabulous, easy dip.
  • This onion dip also transports well so it's great to take to potluck parties and it's always welcome at tailgating or family gatherings!
A side view of a dish of baked Vidalia onion dip.

Can You Freeze Onion Dip?

I have never frozen this Vidalia Onion Dip, largely because there's never any dip left over!

If you want to freeze the dip, then just place in a freezer safe container, like one of these deli-style freezer containers, and keep for up to 3 months.

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A large white bowl with green border filled with vidalia onion dip sprinkled with parsley.

Vidalia Onion Dip

Vidalia Onion Dip is a simple, creamy, sweet onion dip that mixes up in minutes, bakes for half an hour, and is devoured in seconds!
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Keyword: southern vidalia onion dip, vidalia onion dip
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Lucy Brewer


  • 2 cups finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • 2 cups grated Swiss or Gruyere cheese
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Mix together onion, cheese, mayonnaise, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour into a small baking dish or pie plate. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly browned around the edges. 
  • Serve with your favorite crackers.


Contributed by Mrs. Chancy, Amelia Island, Florida.


Serving: 15servings | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 109mg

Update Notes: This post was originally published March 31, 2014, and on January 21, 2019, was updated with one or more of the following: step-by-step photos, video, updated recipe, new tips.

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Creamy Green Herb Dip - excellent dip for crudites!

Pickled Shrimp - marinated shrimp is a great make-ahead party dish!

Honey Garlic Sriracha Wings - these wings are my family's favorite and a must for any party or gathering.

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