Catalina Salad Dressing Recipes

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April 1, 2010
Making Catalina Salad Dressing


  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup salad oil
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar


Combine the above ingredients. Add a pinch of garlic, if you like.

By Robin from Washington, IA


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June 14, 2012

I love the Catalina dressing, but when it went from a 24 oz bottle to a 16 oz bottle, with a price increase, I stopped buying it. I found a recipes on the web for a copy cat and tweaked it a little to suit my needs.



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October 16, 2008

Could someone please advise me what Catalina salad dressing is? Is there something equivalent in Australia?

Vivienne from Australia


October 16, 20080 found this helpful

Catalina dressing is similar to French dressing but tangier. This website has a recipe for Catalina dressing:

By chris t. (Guest Post)
October 20, 20080 found this helpful

It's a kind of tomatoey french, without the cream or whatever that makes regular french dressing creamy. I would look at the ingredients, then look at french dressing recipes.


Then try out what would sound good, experiment. I often adjust recipes to get the taste I want.

October 20, 20080 found this helpful

The website with the "clone" recipe for Catalina Dressing is:

Just type in Catalina Dressing at the search site, and you will be able to make your own down under. All ingredients are simple and you probably have them in stock already. Good luck

October 20, 20080 found this helpful

Catalina Dressing is a type of French dressing. A similar tasting dressing is made by Dorothy Lynch. (It is a little sweeter, but I like it better.) They have a web site ( that you can order the dressing.

October 20, 20080 found this helpful

Do you not have Kraft Brand Salad dressings in Australia. Similar to French but much better.

October 21, 20080 found this helpful

Catalina Dressing

* 1 cup sugar
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1 dash paprika
* 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
* 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
* 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard


* grated onion, to taste
* 1/2 cup vinegar
* 2/3 cup ketchup
* 1 cup vegetable oil


Place all ingredients into blender and mix. Store in jar in refrigerator.
Shake before using. Makes @2 cups.

By senor m. (Guest Post)
February 20, 20090 found this helpful

Catalan is a region of SPAIN (Barcelona is part of this)
the secret AUTHENTIC ingredients are:
SMOKED paprika (!)
Aged wine vinegar (or good balsamic works too)
then oil salt and pepper
That's it.
mix together these simple ingredients and you will truly understand Kraft's attempt to capture these simple pure flavors
I really hope people read this message, try it and learn that there IS NO CATSUP in true Catalan flavours

October 6, 20090 found this helpful

It's named after Peter Buadonna's girlfriend.

October 13, 20170 found this helpful

In the US "catalina" dressing is clearly thought of as California style food. It is not from nor associated with Catalan nor any other part of Europe.


Catalan should be very glad of this. It is a sweet/sour sauce that adds empty calories to a salad, I'm not a fan.


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October 16, 20170 found this helpful

I'm not sure who that is. Google didn't give me any hits on that name and I didn't find any connection to Catalina dressing being named after a specific person. Give us some more information, if you can. :)


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October 16, 20170 found this helpful

I think Catalina Dressing is named after Catalina Island, CA, USA, not Catalan, Spain.

It looks like the dressing was first marketed by Kraft. I couldn't find any information if the dressing existed before that but it is possible that it did.


There are many sundried tomato dressings that are basically a version of Catalina as well.

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