Homemade Catalina Dressing

Skip the bottled dressing and make your own Catalina salad dressing at home! It's cheaper and easy to adjust to your own personal tastes!

Homemade Catalina dressing
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Skip the bottled dressing and make your own Homemade Catalina salad dressing at home! It’s cheaper, easy to adjust to your personal tastes, and super simple to make!

Why not make your own Worcestershire Sauce for this recipe? Or make your own Italian Seasoning as well?

Homemade Catalina dressing

Homemade Catalina Dressing

Catalina dressing is so surprisingly easy to make at home that there is no real reason to buy it readymade from a store. Plus, homemade dressings will always taste better than prepared ones, 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.

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

• Ketchup

• Paprika

• Worcestershire sauce

• Onion powder

• Celery salt

• Italian seasoning

Homemade Catalina dressing in blender

How To Make Homemade Catalina Dressing

• Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth

• Keep refrigerated for up to a week

Homemade Catalina dressing in jar with spoon

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 stored either open or only with a loosely fitted cover can absorb the flavors of other foods in your fridge. An airtight container will prevent this and prevent your dressing from affecting the taste of different foods in your 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.

Homemade Catalina dressing in bowl

What Is The Difference Between Catalina Dressing And Russian Dressing?

People often confuse Catalina Dressing and Russian Dressing, believing they are the same thing. While the two dressings share many 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.

The two dressings differ, though, in their consistency and creaminess levels. Russian dressing typically contains mayonnaise and horseradish. Together, these two ingredients give Russian dressing a much more decadent creaminess than Catalina Dressing.

In contrast, Catalina Dressing contains vegetable oil and vinegar, which thin the dressing and make it less rich and more pourable. The vinegar also adds a slightly brighter taste that is not found in Russian dressing.

Looking for more delicious Dressing recipes? Try these out:

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ginger Sesame Citrus Salad Dressing

Homemade Honey, Lime & Garlic Avocado Dressing

Happy Cooking



Homemade Catalina Dressing

Skip the bottled dressing and make your own Catalina salad dressing at home! It's cheaper and easy to adjust to your own personal tastes!
5 from 1 votes
Homemade Catalina dressing
Prep Time
5 minutes
Salad, Sauces
Karlynn Johnston


  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar OR apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Keep refrigerated for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

Always taste test and adjust the seasonings to your own personal liking!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 186kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 222mg, Potassium: 45mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 164IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg

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.

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Skip the bottled dressing and make your own Catalina salad dressing at home! It's cheaper and easy to adjust to your own personal tastes!

Karlynn Johnston

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    can you tell me how to make honey mustard salad dressing.? thanks ahead of time.

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