Salad dressings are very convenient in a bottle, I’ll be the first to admit. But when I read the ingredient list on that bottle, it really makes me pause.
So often I see high fructose corn syrup and a bunch of unpronounce-able preservatives. No thanks!
When I can, I try to make my own. And not only is it easy, but the dressing is also typically better than the bottled version.
This homemade Catalina dressing is a perfect example. This salad dressing is both sweet and tangy, perfect on any salad where you want a little sweetness added to the mix.
Why I love this Sweet Catalina Dressing
Like I said, this Catalina dressing is sweet and tangy, delicious and easy, and takes minutes to make. It’s like French dressing, but it has slightly different proportions. More ketchup is a key difference, the ketchup gives Catalina dressing its distinctive color.
I originally developed this to use on a large Dorito taco salad. But I’ve found it works on other green salads as well. Pretty much any salad that could use a touch of sweet will taste fantastic with this Catalina dressing!
How to make Homemade Catalina Dressing
This dressing is so easy, you’ll wonder why you’ve never made it before!
Just measure the ingredients into a blender. Cover and blend until well mixed. I try for a good 30 to 60 seconds just to be certain everything is combined.
When you remove the blender cover, you’ll see a slightly thick dressing, the perfect consistency for spooning or pouring onto a salad.
For best flavor, transfer to a jar, cover and refrigerate at least an hour. This allows the flavors to develop fully.
This recipe makes a batch of about 20 ounces of salad dressing. My Dorito Taco Salad uses 2 cups (16 ounces) so you will happily find yourself with a little extra. You’ll love trying it on all sorts of green salads!
The one cup of sugar might seem like a lot. I have tried making the dressing with ¾ cup and it is still pretty good, so if you need a reduced sugar option that might work for you. I left the recipe with a full cup because I ultimately decided I still like it better that way. 😃
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Homemade Sweet Catalina Salad Dressing
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika smoked
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon ground celery seed
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ⅔ cup ketchup
- ¾ cup canola oil
- Place all ingredients into a blender.1 cup sugar, 1 ½ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon ground celery seed, ½ teaspoon dry mustard, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ½ cup white vinegar, ⅔ cup ketchup, ¾ cup canola oil
- Blend 30 to 60 seconds, until fully combined.
- Store in the refrigerator at least one hour to allow the flavors to develop.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.