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catalina dressing

a recipe by
Jane Hughes

I like the flavor of Catalina salad dressing, but I don't like all of the chemical additives. I smushed together a bunch of recipes I found, kept trying and came up with a version I like.

serves 72,000 or two, if you're hungry
prep time 15 Min
method Food Processor

Ingredients For catalina dressing

  • 1/2 c
    tomato paste
  • 1
    large onion, very finely minced or puréed
  • 1 c
  • 2/3 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 c
    light olive or coconut oil

How To Make catalina dressing

  • 1
    I used a food processor, so that's the method I've described here. There's no reason you couldn't do this recipe by hand or even using a mixer or a blender. Be sure to finely mince the onion because you probably won't want chunks of onion in your dressing.
  • 2
    Purée onion in food processor. Add tomato paste, honey, vinegar and seasonings and pulse until blended. Add oil and pulse until mixed. Refrigerate.
  • 3
    This is a very basic recipe. Feel free to taste and add more of anything you feel it needs. I used expeller pressed coconut oil because it has no coconut flavor, but I think any neutral oil would work. I used a very light-flavored honey but a 2:1 simple syrup (2 parts white sugar to 1 part water, heated until the sugar dissolves) would work if you don't like honey, or even light corn syrup.