Party Panache, Fried Onion Dip with Kale & Swiss Chard

Everybody likes chips and dip, right?

fried onion and kale dip

Sneak in a little kale and Swiss chard for some nutrition, and top it off with some fried onions for texture and flavor~

kale dip with chard and fried onions

I was using up some of my garden bounty


Kale and Swiss chard are just like fresh spinach, you think you have way too much, but a mountain of greens quickly disappears as it cooks down


Give the greens a healthy dose of chopped garlic as they’re cooking


Season liberally with salt and pepper

swiss chard

Once the greens are cooked, caramelize an onion low and slow


You can make this ahead of time

kale, chard and onions


Mix in cream cheese and sour cream



fresh kale and onion dip

and top with some crispy french fried onions

kale, onion and swiis hard dip

I kept things super casual by putting the chips on a metal tray with the bowl of dip

fried onion and kale dip

Dig in

kale dip with chard and fried onions

Fried Onion Dip with Kale & Swiss Chard

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 4 cups kale washed and dried
  • 2 cups swiss chard washed and dried
  • 1 large vidalia onion
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • french fried onions


  • Trim greens of stems and cut into ribbons.
  • Saute greens in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • As greens cook down add the garlic and saute along with greens 1-2 minutes until done.
  • Remove greens to bowl.
  • Add onion to skillet and reduce heat. Cook low and slow, about 20 minutes until onion is cooked and caramelized. Add onions to greens and mix together.
  • Mix greens and onions with sour cream and cream cheese. Put in a small baking dish and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until hot. Transfer to a pretty serving bowl and top with onions. Serve with sturdy chips


quantities are approximate, adjust to your tastes
Keyword hot dip, kale dip, onion dip, vegetable dip

I used Cape Cod Waffle Cut Chips, they hold up well in a humid climate and are sturdy enough to support a heavy dip.  I also recommend Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions, they taste great right out of the bag, you can bake them or not.

fried onion and kale dip
kale dip with fried onions


Here are some other onion dip variations

Daisy Dip is so pretty to serve and easy to make with ready made onion dip and a few garnishes

daisy dip 7

Amped Up Onion Dip is great as an appetizer

onion dip with carrots

Or or a sauce with simple roasted potatoes

roasted potatoes with onion dip

or Baked Waffle Fries




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16 Responses to “Party Panache, Fried Onion Dip with Kale & Swiss Chard”
  1. This looks soooo good especially with the extra onions on top. Like all the healthy greens added. Gorgeous presentation too Jenna!

  2. Rattlebridge Farm says:

    I wouldn’t have thought to add kale and/or Swiss chard to a dip, but your photos are so mouthwatering, I’m a convert! The flavors and textures are superb. Your daisy dip is adorable!!

  3. Emily says:

    Jenna, this recipe looks so delicious I will have to try it. Trying new ideas to get a lot of greens in our diet. Love your presentation, the blue bowl is lovely and the gulf background is not bad!!! Makes me a little nuts for the beach:)

  4. Liz Mackie says:

    Looks like a beautiful day with lots of yummies to eat. Thank you and have a great weekend!

  5. Judy Pimperl says:

    Jenna, it’s almost like I can taste it with your fabulous descriptions and photographs! Looks delish.

  6. Lynn says:

    See now, this might make me a kale convert:@) No doubt it’s a great dip!

  7. Velva says:

    Oh wow! It is a great ide ato use swiss chard or kale-fabulous. the fried onions for teh crunch and pop of flavor make me swoon. Love it!


  8. Mary says:

    That’s a great way to sneak in some veggies Jenna! I’d happily nosh on shoe leather with your beautiful gulf view 🙂

  9. Kim says:

    Everything is delicious with fried onions! I love how you added your garden greens, and yes, it is amazing how small the pile becomes after cooking. Also, your dip with the daisy presentation is so fun! You have the best ideas. Keep ’em coming! 🙂

  10. Oh my goodness this dip sounds so delicious!!

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