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Sweet and Spicy French Dressing

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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5 m servings 82
Original recipe yields 32 servings (2 cups)


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


  • 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

Per Serving: 82 calories; 6.8 5.5 0.1 0 101 Full nutrition

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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...

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...

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 add...

Awesome-sauce!!! I mean salad dressing. Used 1/2 the oil and only 1/2 cup sugar. Love it.

My family loves this dressing! I add garlic powder and cayenne pepper for a bit of a kick.

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 a...

This turned out perfectly. Super easy to make.

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 a...

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!