Homemade Catalina Dressing [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 7 reviews

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This easy Homemade Catalina Dressing is perfect for salads, and taste so much better than the store-bought version. It is flavorful and ready in under 5 minutes!

We love to use this dressing over various recipes. Some of our favorite way to use it is over a Taco Salad, Italian Chicken and Potatoes, and Fried Chicken.

Easy Catalina Salad Dressing Recipe

The best dressing is the one that is quick, easy to make with budget-friendly ingredients, and pairs with many dishes. This Homemade Catalina Dressing is just that! It is made with affordable ingredients, a breeze to make, and ready in about 5 minutes. 

There is no point to buy it anymore from the store when you can easily and conveniently make it at home. The dressing itself is tomato-based, so it has a slightly sweet and tangy flavor. You can play with the ingredient a bit, and adjust the spiciness or sweetness level as you please. 

We usually make a larger batch at once and store it in the fridge for weeks to come. This way, it is available whenever we please. Apart from salads, you can use it as a garnish on burgers, cold pasta salads, meatloaf, steaks, or even ribs. The dressing can really be used on anything and anytime.

What is the difference between Catalina and Russian dressing?

While they are both pretty similar they have some minor differences. Russian usually has chili sauce and mayonnaise in it, while Catalina is more tomato-based and uses olive oil and vinegar. They are both great to use in various dishes, such as seafood, meats, or salads. 

What is Catalina Dressing made of?

The ingredients for this homemade dish are easily available everywhere. You will need:

  • Olive Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Honey
  • Paprika or cayenne pepper
  • Onion powder or garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper

How to make Homemade Catalina Dressing?

Once you have the ingredients ready and available, the rest is pretty simple. Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk really well till the mixture consistency is close to desired. 

Alternatively, you could use a jar with a lid or a glass bottle with a cap and combine all the ingredients in it. Then, shake well until well combined. 

In addition, you could use a food blender to combine all the ingredients together.  Just make sure not to over-blend the mixture. You want to have a nice and smooth texture, but not overly beaten. 

As you can see, this is really a super easy and quick recipe to make. Not only will you end up with a healthier alternative to the store-bought version, but it will taste so much better without all the preservatives. Because homemade always tastes better!

How many calories are in a Catalina salad dressing?

This really varies by ingredients, but for our recipe, there are about 70 calories per serving. 

What goes with Catalina Dressing?

As stated above, it can be used on just any dishes you can imagine. Apart from salads, some of our favorite ways to use it is with:

Recipe Tips and Notes

  • It is best to always keep it refrigerated once prepared or used. Keep it refrigerated in a closed jar or container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Red wine vinegar can be replaced with white wine vinegar. 
  • Also, you can use any oil type you like or have available, such as canola or vegetable oil works just as fine. 
  • For a spicier flavor, add some red pepper flakes to the mixture. 
  • In addition, you can add some dried celery flakes.

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5 from 7 reviews

Homemade Catalina Dressing Recipe

Homemade Catalina Dressing is perfect for salads, and taste so much better than the store-bought version. It is flavorful and ready in under 5 minutes!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes Total time: 5 mins



Nutrition information

Calories: 360 Carbohydrates: 30 Protein: 1 Fat: 27 Saturated Fat: 3 Sodium: 284 Potassium: 113 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 28 Vitamin A: 349 Vitamin C: 1 Calcium: 3 Iron: 1
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I love making my own sauces! The flavor is so much better with homemade. Can't wait to try it. 



This dressing looks absolutely fantastic! I’ve gotta try this


Sara Welch

I love it when I can easily make my own dressings or sauces! Better than going to the store, and healthier too!



Such a flavorful and delicious dressing. Yum!



Homemade dressings are so great. Love this at home version.


Melanie Bauer

Looks incredibly delicious! Love how super easy to make this and I'll definitely put it on our menu!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This needs to happen at my house very soon!!



trying to reduce fat intake Could oil be omitted or greatly reduced?


yes, sure, just taste and adjust.



How is yours orange? Mine is black


Did you use too much soy sauce?



Needed some Catalina dressing for a stir fry recipe and did not have any on hand. Made this recipe up and now have an excellent dressing for our next salad plus my stir fry. Yum. Lots of flavour.


so happy that you loved it



You say sugar (optional) in the article but honey in the recipe. Is the honey optional?


Yes, the sweetener is optional, but a little is definitely recommended.


Kathleen E Leibacher

olive oil maybe?


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