Slightly creamy and with a sweet tomato taste, this Catalina salad dressing is perfect for garden salads, cold pasta salads, or garnish on a freshly grilled burger. Can be made in advance for easy weeknight dinners or quick potluck side dishes.

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Catalina Dressing! Slightly creamy and with a sweet tomato taste, this Catalina salad dressing is perfect for garden salads, cold pasta salads, or garnish on a freshly grilled burger. Can be made in advance for easy weeknight dinners or quick potluck side dishes. | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Catalina Dressing

When the warmer months are approaching, I always try to keep a few fresh salad dressing options in the fridge, and this Catalina dressing is one of the newest additions to my rotation.

Because, you see, we start cooking more steak dinners in the summer, and what goes better with a steak than a flavorful salad? We also start getting invites to BBQs and having some dressing options handy to whip up a flavorful side dish to bring is always a perk.

It also helps that I’ve recently fallen in love with taco pasta salad (recipe coming soon!) and this dressing just happens to be a key ingredient.

How to make Catalina salad dressing.

What is Catalina dressing?

Catalina dressing has a sweet tomato flavor with a thin (yet slightly creamy) texture. It’s best served with classic garden salads, pasta salads, and burgers.

Catalina dressing vs French dressing

While these two dressings are similar in look and texture, there are a few key differences.

French dressing typically refers to a dressing with an oil-and-vinegar base with hints of mustard and seasonings. The store-bought versions are usually creamy and have a light orange in color.

On the other hand, Catalina dressing tends to be thinner and has a bold red hue. And though it also has an oil-and-vinegar base, the sweet flavor has hints of tomato and the spices aren’t as potent.

How do you make Catalina dressing?

Like most salad dressings, this sauce is easy to whip up in just a few minutes.

First off, pick how you want to blend the sauce. You can either use a hand mixer or a food processor. For easy cleanup, I tend to like the hand mixer.

Step 1 – Put all of the following ingredients in a bowl (if using a hand mixer) or in the bowl of your food processor: canola oil, ketchup, sugar, red wine vinegar, onion powder, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.

Catalina Dressing Step 1 - Add canola oil. Catalina Dressing Step 1 - Add ketchup. Catalina Dressing Step 1 - Add add sugar. Catalina Dressing Step 1 - Add red wine vinegar. Catalina Dressing Step 1 - Add onion powder. Catalina Dressing Step 1 - Add paprika. Catalina Dressing Step 1 - Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.

Step 2 – Mix ingredients thoroughly, until the oil is incorporated with the other ingredients. I typically keep mixing until the sauce appears thickened and bubbles begin to form while mixing.

Catalina Dressing Step 2 - Mix thoroughly with a hand mixer or blender.

Step 3 – Serve and enjoy!

Notes & tips for this Catalina salad dressing recipe

  • As mentioned above, you can use either a hand mixer or a food processor to mix this dressing together. I prefer to use a hand mixer for easier cleanup, but either method will work just as well.

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Recipe Details

Catalina Dressing! Slightly creamy and with a sweet tomato taste, this Catalina salad dressing is perfect for garden salads, cold pasta salads, or garnish on a freshly grilled burger. Can be made in advance for easy weeknight dinners or quick potluck side dishes. | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.6 from 27 votes

Catalina Dressing

10 mins prep
637 kcal
Yields: 2 cups
Slightly creamy and with a sweet tomato taste, this Catalina salad dressing is perfect for garden salads, cold pasta salads, or garnish on a freshly grilled burger. Can be made in advance for easy weeknight dinners or quick potluck side dishes.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add canola oil, ketchup, sugar, red wine vinegar, onion powder, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
  • Using a hand mixer, blend ingredients together until oil appears incorporated. Sauce is ready when it appears thicker and bubbles easily form while mixing.
  • Store Catalina dressing in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Before serving, shake dressing thoroughly.

Notes

Recipe lightly adapted from Epicurious.

Nutrition

Calories: 637kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 94mg | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Iron: 0.4mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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7 comments

    • Lorraine Smith
    • 4 stars

    Excellent salad dressing! Catelina is my hubby’s favorite and he loved it…will never buy store bought again! I used sunflower oil vs canola and it was great.

    • Jan
    • 5 stars

    Made this for my Doritos taco salad! Much better than store bought! And just the right amount I needed too!

    • Mary Cronin

    What’s with the canola oil? I supposed if they called it what it is – rapeseed oil – no one would use it. I can’t stand the flavor so I use olive oil or corn oil.

      • Collette Reardon

      Nobody cares, Karen.

    • Joy Broadwell
    • 4 stars

    Great fresh taste! Way better than the bottled dressing. These measurements yield just over a cup of dressing, not two cups as stated in the recipe.

    • shannon
    • 5 stars

    I made this for a garden salad for a party we were attending. GREAT recipe! it was a hit.
    I only have sugarless ketchup and I don’t add sugar to most things I eat, so I substituted a few squirts of agave instead. It was so good!
    Thanks for this salad dressing recipe. It’s going to be a regular in this house from now on!

    • Erika
    • 3 stars

    Hi, I don’t have red wine vinegar. Is it possible to substitute this with apple cider vinegar or something else?