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Low Sodium French Onion Dip

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By: Bill

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Use this Low Sodium French Onion Dip that is a welcome addition where a dipping condiment is needed. I grew up with this dip when my mom made this with the Lipton onion soup packets to go with a snack of chips or cut vegetables. I think I have achieved nearly the same taste or at the very least better than any pre-made store brand.


Sodium Total  240 mg –  Sodium / Serving 16 mg   –   Calories / Serving  69

With the average pre-made store brand reaching nearly 200 mg and the homemade with Lipton soup packets version at 300 mg per 2 tablespoon serving, changes had to be made. If you’re brand new to the low sodium life you will notice a difference but after my fourth try I think I’ve found a good ratio to make a flavorful copycat rendition. I hardly notice the difference anymore of a lower sodium items but my taste test neighbor said it was nearly spot on.

Low sodium french onion dip with bag of chips
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Low sodium french onion dip with bag of chips


A major taste component of the mix is the Herb Ox sodium free beef bouillon. It is definitely the ingredient that makes it get even close to the dip made with Lipton onion soup packets. My local stores do not carry it and it is one of the few ingredients that I order online to have on hand. Herb Ox also makes a chicken bouillon version and between the two they have so many delicious uses. Check out Herb Ox sodium free beef bouillon here on Amazon.

French onion dip ingredients
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French onion dip ingredients

Made with dehydrated chopped onions and dried parsley this recipe can be simply whipped up literally in a few minutes! Though it can be used immediately the taste will definitely be enhanced letting it set in the fridge for an hour or two or even better overnight.

So give it a try and a taste you can always adjust the seasonings a bit if necessary to your taste.

Use it with low-no salt chips, fresh cut vegetables, baked potatoes, roasted vegetables. Add a little Wasabi powder for a little extra nose tingling kick!

Low sodium french onion dip
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Low sodium french onion dip

Low Sodium French Onion Dip

Written by: Bill
August 6, 2019
Low sodium French Onion Dip is a top dip pick for chips or cut vegetables for snacks or party when watching your sodium levels.
4.71 from 27 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 15 2 Tablespoons
Calories 69 kcal


  • 1 16 oz. sour cream reduced fat
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Chopped Onion
  • 3 tsp Herb Ox beef bouillon no sodium granules
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  • Place sour cream in a small mixing bowl. Add dried chopped onion, Herb Ox Bouillon, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and parsley. Mix together very well until completely uniform and smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed, but best flavor blends overnight.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to come together for best taste. And also to allow the dried onion to soften and partially re-hydrate. Store in the refrigerator for 5–7 days.

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Calories: 69kcal (3%)

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Please understand that not everyone’s sodium and dietary requirements are the same, therefore some recipes may be higher than you’re allowed.

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Low sodium french onion dip on a chip
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Low sodium french onion dip on a chip

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25 thoughts on “Low Sodium French Onion Dip”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for creating this recipe! Herb-Ox no sodium chicken and beef bouillon have became my ‘go to’ option instead of buying canned or boxed broths, but I hadn’t thought of using the beef to create an onion soup ‘mix’. (Actually, one of the grocery stores in my city used to make their own ‘french onion dip mix’ that had less than 5% sodium, but they recently stopped making it. I was searching for ‘low sodium french onion soup mix’ and got your recipe as a recommendation. We aren’t much on dips, but one of my favorite recipes is ‘no-peek’ chicken or pork chops. I was using the store-created mix to use instead of Lipton soup mix for the topping for that baked dish. (Also happy that Campbell’s finally made some sodium free cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soups to use in that). But now I have this recipe and will be making my own ‘French Onion Mix’ in good sized quantities to have on hand. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband is addicted to this dip. He has congestive heart failure so he’s very limited as to what he can eat so thank you for this recipe.

  3. Could I use the “dry” ingredients as a substitute for Lipton Dry onion soup mix? I have another recipe that uses the dry mix and would love to reduce the sodium content. I absolutely love your soup recipes,

    • Yes, you can. This recipe is basically the home made dip mix that uses the Lipton soup blend.

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you, I absolutely loved it! Have been using fat free Greek yogurt as sour cream for years and it still tasted fantastic! I’ll be trying your pork chorizo recipe soon. Funny thing is I had bookmarked it last week and searched up a low sodium French onion dip recipe today. I did not realize they were both your recipes until just now. Got one for Ranch dip or dressing?

    • Hi David, I utilize my homemade mayo in other recipes, but you could always sub it in.
      Thanks for your comment and review.! Bill

  5. I am so glad I found you. I am to be on a low sodium diet per my Dr. and had no idea where to start.
    Just to let you know I have made quite a few of your recipes and am still making them. Soups are next.

  6. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I like it bolder so I modified it a bit:
    1 16 oz. Sour Cream (I prefer Breakstone’s regular or low fat)
    3 Tbsp Dried Chopped Onion
    3 packets Herb Ox beef bouillon no sodium granules
    3 tsp Onion Powder
    2 tsp Garlic Powder
    3 tsp Dried Parsley
    2 tsp ground black pepper

    • Thanks Ken! I like it bolder myself, but made recipe for the bell curve. Bill

  7. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe 2 weeks ago and it was fantastic! I attempted it a second time the other day adding some chopped green onions and it was horrible. I made THIS recipe a third time yesterday and again it was fantastic. Taught me never change a tried and true. This recipe is addictive! Absolutely simple to make. I’m blown away just how close it tastes to the Lipton’s recipe on their box, but without the sodium! I’m ecstatic I found this recipe and will make it many more times! If anyone wonders if the lack of sodium changes the taste…. NOT AT ALL. Bill’s recipe is definitely worth saving!!

    • Hey El, Wow! Thanks for the comment. I grew up with the Lipton’s so that is certainly what I was going for. I always have a container of this made in my fridge. This just pairs so well with many different items. If you really want the green onions, I wonder if sprinkling them on right before using would work? Thanks, Bill

  8. 5 stars
    Very good! I used light sour cream, added a few chopped chives, and a little heat with some crushed red pepper.

  9. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! People don’t believe how low sodium it is, (rather, most people don’t realize how high sodium everything else is!)
    Rated a 5 out of 5. I made it last Thanksgiving and Christmas for the snack table. It’s so good and I plan to make it every year. Thank you for all the trial runs on this recipe to get it just right!

  10. 5 stars
    I loved it ,tasted so good. I’ve been craving some chips and dip and I seen this and gave it a go . Only thing I did different was grind up my dried onions as I don’t like chunky bits in my dip but I got to say it was tastier than I thought it would be . Five stars

  11. 5 stars
    Another fantastic recipe! I grew up eating the Lipton version and I cannot tell a difference. It’s helped make my conversion to a low sodium diet possible. Thank you Bill!

    • Thanks Christopher, I grew up with it too with sliced celery, green pepper and Frito corn chips platter!

    • Hi Sam,
      That should work well if you like it a little more saucy. I would just add a tablespoon at a time to your desired consistency.
      Thanks for your comment and rating.


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