This sweet and tangy Homemade Catalina Dressing takes 5 minutes (tops!), uses ingredients you probably already have on hand, and it tastes so much better than store-bought! It’s sure to become a favorite!
Making homemade salad dressing is so quick and easy, there’s really no need to buy bottled dressing. This Homemade Catalina Dressing is sooo delicious on any green salad, on taco salad (!), as a veggie dipper, as a chicken finger dipper, in sandwiches and wraps, as a marinade, and you can use it in recipes that call for Catalina dressing.
As soon as the weather gets warmer, I start making a lot more salads – not just to help take off those extra pounds that appeared over the winter, but also because we start grilling a lot, and I love a fresh, crisp salad with anything grilled. Homemade Catalina is my go-to dressing for all those salads. I’ve been making it for a really long time, and it’s still our all-time favorite!
In fact, around my house, it’s simply referred to as “The Dressing,” as in, “We’re having salad? I hope you made The Dressing!” If I don’t make it, I gets looks of disappointment. If I put out a variety of other dressings, this is the one that everybody always wants!
In case you’ve never heard of Catalina dressing, it’s basically French dressing’s not-creamy and a little more bold-tasting cousin. It’s tomato-based, has a vibrant red-orange color, and has got the perfect blend of sweet and tangy. It’s sooo good!
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:
- Red wine vinegar
- Olive oil (not extra virgin)
- Garlic powder
- Onion Powder
- Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper
HERE’S A QUICK LOOK AT HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CATALINA DRESSING:
THAT IS IT!!! Honestly, it doesn’t even take five minutes! You don’t even have to let it sit. It’s absolutely delicious as soon as you make it!
For this recipe, I recommend not using extra-virgin olive oil because I think the flavor is too strong, and it changes the flavor of the dressing. I just use regular olive oil. You could also use vegetable oil or any other neutral-flavored oil.
I use a blender or food processor because it makes super quick and easy work of really blending everything together and getting all the ingredients emulsified. If you don’t have a blender or food processor, though, you can just whisk everything together by hand until very well combined. You could even just put everything in a mason jar and give it a really good shake!
So take a break from that bottled salad dressing and make your own fresh homemade dressing. You’ll love how quick and easy it is and how much better it is!
I hope you give this recipe for Homemade Catalina Dressing a try and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!
Homemade Catalina Dressing
- ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup olive oil (not extra virgin)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until well combined.
- If you don’t have a blender or food processor, you can also mix this by hand using a whisk and whisking until very well combined, or you could put all the ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously until very well combined.
- You could use vegetable oil or another neutral-tasting oil instead of olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is not recommended due to its stronger flavor.
- Keep stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray.