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French Onion Pasta Salad

Oh my stars, this was out of this world good! Inspired by the flavors we all love in French Onion Dip, this takes it up a notch with caramelized onions, pasta and the most delicious dressing. I made this recently for Grady Woods’ birthday party as a side dish, and everyone there loved it! The onions do take awhile, but do not skimp on this labor of love. The end result is worth the time! This will keep in the fridge for a few days as well.


  • 2 yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 pound bow time pasta
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Garnish: reserved caramelized onions & more fresh parsley


Slice the onions very thing into strips. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and add the olive oil and butter. When the butter is melted add the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally for 45-50 minutes. (Yes, a long time but so worth it)! The onions will begin to really caramelize at 40 minutes or so. Do not rush this process. It will not be the same!

While the onions are caramelizing cook your pasta. Drain and set aside.

Also, mix the sour cream, mayo, white wine vinegar, parsley and soy sauce together for the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to use.

When you are ready to assemble, pour the pasta into a large serving bowl. Pour the dressing in as well as most of the caramelize onions, but do reserve some for topping.

Garnish with leftover onions and extra parsley.