I got the original recipe from a friend while I was stationed in the Republic of Panama in the mid 80's. I have made some changes here and there. This is perfect for picnics and church functions-- it makes a huge bowl!!! So make sure you have a large bowl to mix in... I use my plastic cake carrier and flip it upside down. Then I leave it in the container to travel. I have used different dressings in the past, but none of them adds the flavor like the catalina dressing.