Catalina Dressing Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

This Catalina dressing recipe is sweet, spicy, and perfect for putting on everything! From shrimp to salad, wings to a sub - this is...

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Let me tell you about my history with salad dressing before I tell you how to make this delicious sweet and spicy dressing - which has to be one of my favorites.

As a child in an ethic family, there were no store bought salad dressings in my house. We had salad dressed with oil and vinegar. Sometimes as a special treat, my Italian grandmother would use a packet of seasoning to add to the dressing.

By the time I went off to college, I felt deprived of the creamy orange or white stuff in a bottle that many of my friend’s moms served at the dinner table. Then I met my college roommate who also was from an Italian family that used oil and vinegar on their salads.

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Well, let me tell you about these two salad dressing deprived roommates. We would rush to the school cafeteria and make a beeline for the salad bar at every meal. The bottled dressing was put on our salads like it was liquid gold. Dressing never tasted so good!

Fast forward to me being an adult foodie.  Oil and vinegar is again garnishing my salads. But I also like to make homemade dressings. Sure, I buy some ranch dressing for my children that think a bottle of creamy dressing is the greatest. I get it. I’ve been there. But homemade salad dressing is so easy to make, so why not do it yourself once in a while?

So let’s go back to my college days again when I worked in a Mexican restaurant. I am not sure why but a Mexican rice salad tastes so good with Catalina dressing. There is something amazing about the mixture of rice, avocados, tomatoes, olives, and cheese with this reddish orange dressing poured over it.  

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Since then, I have occasionally bought a bottle of Catalina dressing but decided to start making it myself. I like some zip to my dressing, so I made it a little spicy by adding some Sriracha sauce. To adjust the spiciness, you can add as much or as little as you like. You can even leave it out if you like too.  

This dressing can be made in a food processor or blender but it is easy enough to whisk together in a bowl.  Either way, this zesty salad dressing is a winner!

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Catalina Dressing Recipe

  8 Servings


  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha Chili Sauce, more or less to your taste
  • pinch of Dried Thyme


  1. In a blender, food processor or bowl, mix together ketchup, vinegar, honey, olive oil, onion powder, salt and Sriracha sauce.  Add thyme and blend well.
  2. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.


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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 1 cup of dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/8 cup
Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 71
Calories 121

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 75mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 11g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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