Skip the bottled dressing and make your own Homemade Catalina salad dressing at home! It's cheaper and easy to adjust to your own personal tastes and super simple to make as well!
Homemade Catalina Dressing
Catalina dressing is so surprisingly easy to make at home there is no real reason to buy it readymade from a store. Plus, homemade dressings will always taste better than a prepared one, and Catalina Dressing is no exception.
The nice thing about Catalina Dressing is that it uses common kitchen ingredients so that you can throw this tangy dressing together at a moment's notice.
The exact origin of Catalina Dressing is unclear, and there are several theories about where the dressing first came from.
One theory is that that dressing is thought to originate in the Catalonia region of Spain, hence its name. Others argue that the dressing could also have first been created in Russia as it shares many similarities with Russian dressing.
A lack of history has not stopped Catalina dressing from becoming a much-loved summer favorite. Catalina Dressing has a tangy, sweet, and savory flavor that works great on salads, fish, and almost any other food that can benefit from a brightening dressing.
Homemade Catalina Dressing Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• White sugar
• Red wine or apple cider vinegar
• Canola oil
• Worcestershire sauce
• Onion powder
• Celery salt
• Italian seasoning
How To Make Homemade Catalina Dressing
• Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth
• Keep refrigerated for up to a week
What Is The Best Way To Store Homemade Catalina Dressing?
Homemade Catalina Dressings can last for up to a week in the fridge when stored correctly. To ensure that your dressing does not lose its bright, tangy taste, make sure to store it in an airtight container.
Dressings that are stored either open or only with a loosely fitted cover can take on other flavors of other foods in your fridge. An airtight container will prevent this and stop your dressing from affecting the taste of other foods you have in the fridge.
If you do not have a suitable airtight container, you can pour your dressing into a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Without the airtight seal, your dressing will not retain its brightness for quite as long but should still be good in the fridge for a few days.
What Is The Difference Between Catalina Dressing And Russian Dressing?
People often get Catalina Dressing and Russian dressing confused, believing they are the same thing. While the two dressings share a lot of the same core ingredients, they are not identical.
Both Catalina Dressing and Russian dressing contain Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and paprika. This combination of ingredients gives both dressings their sweet and savory tangy flavor. The two dressings are often used as substitutes for each other because they both have the same bright tanginess and therefore pair well with similar foods.
Where the two dressings differ, though, is in their consistency and levels of creaminess. Russian dressing typically contains mayonnaise and horseradish. Together these two ingredients give Russian dressing a much more decadent creaminess that Catalina Dressing does not have.
In contrast, Catalina Dressing contains vegetable oil and vinegar, which thin the dressing out and make it less rich and more pourable. The vinegar in Catalina Dressing also adds a slightly brighter taste that is not found in Russian dressing.
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Homemade Catalina Dressing
- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Salad, Sauces
- Karlynn Johnston
- Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Keep refrigerated for up to a week.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.