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Classic Catalina Salad Dressing

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Rating: 4/5
14 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   3 cups

recipe id: 8404
Classic Catalina Salad Dressing Recipe
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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.

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60 calories, 5 grams fat, 5 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium.
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REVIEW: 2 star recipe rating
I don't like it. I'm not sure if we're going to use it or throw it out.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
This is close. A little too sweet. Cut the sugar down. I ended up adding more of the other ingredients to balance it out.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I decreased the sugar and thought this turned out just like Kraft's salad dressing. I use it on salads and in cooking.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This was excellent. Followed the directions from another reviewer and halved the salt, sugar and oil and added 1/2 c. water. Heated the water, vinegar & sugar until sugar dissolves. Also, added minced garlic and left out celery seed. This recipe will be a keeper!

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Dec 10, 2010

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Excellent, tastes just like Kraft (commercial) Catalina dressing, nice & thick. Tastes best on 2nd day. Keeps well.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
truely easy and Very Similiar to Krafts! Good Job!!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Following the advice of other reviewers, I halved the sugar and oil, added garlic and pepper, and also added a dash of Asian red pepper sauce. It tastes just like it!

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I make this with half the sugar,half the salt, half the oil (add water instead) and I boil the sugar, vinegar and water until the sugar dissolves, then add the oil, the grated onion and the dry ingredients. Finally, I add a little garlic, dried or minced, because it's on the ingredients on the Kraft Catalina bottle. If you taste test without the garlic against the real thing, you'll see what I mean.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
FANTASTIC! always was my Fav dressing from store. Now, never will buy again! EASY, FAST, GREAT- my 4 children devoured it! - tho i did cut the sugar in half- INSTEAD of Catsup, I put 1/3 cp tomato canned sauce-omit the catsup & u wont have to have the corn syrup thats always snuck into most foods & specifically that catsup.-mommy of 4 San Diego- & she will use again-never waste $ on it again!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
WOW! My first try at making salad dressing, can't believe how fast and easy it was. Using it for cooking a recipe and the beautiful,aromatic scent of Catalina dressing fills the air.
In an effort to eradicate store bought dressings and all there nasty chemicals(even propylene glycol!)I am now a convert and will always be!
Thank you,thank you,thank you ! ! !

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
Very good! I was pleasantly surprised by the taste and consistency of this dressing. It was very close to the original (sweet and tangy), but the celery seed made it taste a bit weird.

I might suggest adding some cayenne and/or black pepper if you like your Catalina a bit spicy.

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REVIEW: 3 star recipe rating
too sweet.........if I make it again I will decrease the sugar and only use a 1/2 cup.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This was SO fast and easy! My lil salad-devouring 9 year old says it is DELISH, and shes the pickiest dressing kid on the face of the earth so it must be true!

We don't currently own a blender, but I just dumped everything into a smallish bowl that has a lid and whisked the tar out of'll go right into the fridge and be tasty goodness!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
It was good and a lifesaver as I didn't realize I was out of dressing. Thanks

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