A Catalina-style dressing recipe that's been in our family for years. I can't count the times I've been asked for this recipe; it's way better than store-bought dressing. Works well for taco salad or any lettuce salad.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Blend vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, ketchup, salt, celery seed, paprika, and dried minced onion in a blender until smooth.

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Cook's Note:

If you like it a little spicier, replace the paprika with chili powder.

If olive oil is used, refrigerated dressing may need to be microwaved a few seconds to thin it to its original consistency.

Nutrition Facts

82 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 5.5g; fat 6.8g; sodium 100.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2015
I made a half batch of this dressing to use on 'Taco Pasta Salad' from AR in the morning so the flavors had all day to blend. I used avocado oil rather than vegetable as that is what I had on hand. I also used Stevia in place of the sugar. Reading the footnotes and liking spicy I used half paprika and half chili powder to add a little zip. It complimented the taco salad nicely with its sweet/spiciness. We really enjoyed this dressing and I will be making it again. Thank you Grandma39 for sharing your recipe. Read More
(11)
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2015
I made a half batch of this dressing to use on 'Taco Pasta Salad' from AR in the morning so the flavors had all day to blend. I used avocado oil rather than vegetable as that is what I had on hand. I also used Stevia in place of the sugar. Reading the footnotes and liking spicy I used half paprika and half chili powder to add a little zip. It complimented the taco salad nicely with its sweet/spiciness. We really enjoyed this dressing and I will be making it again. Thank you Grandma39 for sharing your recipe. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2015
We love french/catalina-style salad dressings, and this is a good one. Our tastes lean toward "less sweet" these days, so I did cut back on the sugar to suit our personal taste preference. The nutritional breakdown is already pretty good on this dressing, but I used Truvia® instead of sugar, so the calories were even fewer. Thanks for sharing your recipe Grandma39! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2015
Very nice recipe (used avocado oil). After tasting it, I also added some garlic powder and about 1/4 tsp. of habanera sauce (didn't measure, just shook bottle a couple of times) for a little added kick. Was feeling too lazy to clean another device, so opted not to blend. Poured it into an old store bought salad dressing bottle, refrigerated a few hours and the salad turned out with fantastic flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2015
My family loves this dressing! I add garlic powder and cayenne pepper for a bit of a kick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2017
Awesome-sauce!!! I mean salad dressing. Used 1/2 the oil and only 1/2 cup sugar. Love it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2016
25 July 2016--made for use in a Taco Salad very good. Added a little chunk of red onion instead of dried minced used apple cider and Currant vinegars. Blended with immersion blender thick and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/09/2018
This recipe is so much better than bottled dressing. I made it exactly as written but next time I will use 1/2 cup oil since I thought 1 cup was a bit too much. I will definitely make this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2017
This turned out perfectly. Super easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2020
I will for sure make it again. I was very pleased with the flavor and I didn't change a thing. I had everything in my pantry and quickly mixed it up. Very good! Read More