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Authentic Catalina Dressing

This dressing is tomato-based and the original recipe contains either ketchup or tomato paste, along with vinegar, onion, sugar, spices and olive oil. This dressing is orange-red in color and has a distinctive tangy flavor, a bit like French dressing. You can use this dressing as a marinade for meat if you like.

The name comes from ‘Catalonia’ which is a place in Spain. The following recipe is the 1960s classic Catalina dressing and it is far superior to the bottled Catalina dressing made by Kraft®. In fact you will never want to buy that one again after trying this delicious Catalina dressing recipe.

Featuring tangy ingredients such as paprika, ketchup, and grated onion, this dressing is lovely with meat salads. If you are adding chicken, pork or turkey to your salad, then consider making this Catalina dressing for it because it is lovely with any of those. Another idea is to drizzle this over mixed salad leaves and add some cubes of cheddar and thin slices of green apple too. Crumble some bacon over the top to make it even more indulgent and delicious.

Tangy Catalina Dressing
Summary: Catalina dressing is famous, and rightly so because it tastes incredible, blending oil and vinegar with onion, ketchup, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce, for a unique, tangy result
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 15
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup salad oil
  • ½ cup grated onion
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and black pepper
  1. Put the ketchup, vinegar, sugar, onion, paprika and Worcestershire sauce in a food processor bowl.
  2. Pulse until blended.
  3. With the processor still running, drizzle in the oil.
  4. Check the seasonings, then cover and chill until required.

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Similar to French dressing in some ways but tangier, Catalina dressing is really flavorful. You can buy it commercially made but those types pale in comparison to this homemade version which is far superior. Use a blender or food processor and you can make homemade Catalina salad dressing in just a few minutes. This recipe makes quite a bit but it will keep in the refrigerator for a while so go ahead and make a batch of this tasty dressing which boasts paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, tomato, oil, and vinegar, for a well-balanced flavor. This is wonderful over a colorful garden salad.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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