How to Understand Your Dream With Or About Onions

“Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers,” Shrek says.

“You both have layers. You know, not everybody like onions. Cake! Everybody loves cake! Cakes have layers!” the donkey replies.

“I don’t care what everyone likes! Ogres are not like cakes.”

Shrek (2001)

Just as the quote above from the movie Shrek, your dream about onions can have layers to it too: layers of meaning.

What was going on with the onions in your dream? Were they being picked? Planted? Chopped? Fried? Being bought in a store?

Shrek believes he has layers, like an onion.

Onions are the cornerstone of many dishes like soups, stews, and are often included on and in hamburgers. Was the emphasis in the dream on the onions or not?

Some people have strong feelings about onions. They may like them cooked—or not. People don’t always make a lot of sense when it comes to onions. Are you one of those people?

Nobody can tell you what your dream about onions means better than you. We’ll do our best to help you figure it out.

What was with the onions in the dream?

This is the first question you have to ask yourself. What were the onions doing? How did they interact with the other components of the dream?

How do you feel about onions? If you feel strongly about them one way or another, they’re more likely to be a main point of the dream. If you’re more neutral concerning onions, chances are onions aren’t the main point of the dream.

Characteristics of onions

white dog, boulder, red onions
These red onions have a pungent scent that Louie the schnauzer insists on investigating.

There are a lot of potential meanings for onions appearing in dreams depending on if the emphasis is on them as a food, a seasoning (for example, onion powder), a commercial product, a plant, or even as a healthy source of Vitamin C. In what way did your subconscious portray the onion(s)?

There are more potential characteristics your subconscious could be highlighting with a dream about onions. Cutting them makes you cry, but the tears aren’t from sadness. They’re automatic, based on a physical reaction to a gas. Many onion varieties have a sharp flavor, but you wouldn’t call them “spicy.” They’re pungent.

Often underappreciated, onions are usually the co-star when it comes to commerce. Though, in the past, they’ve been mainstays of the economy of certain towns, like Wethersfield, Connecticut, and Cotulla, Texas.

To find out the truth about the onions in your dream, run the whole dream through our 3-Step Dream Interpretation Process.


James Cobb, RN, MSN is the founder of the Dream Recovery System, one of the top sleep blogs on the Internet according to Feedspot.

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