Homemade Catalina Salad Dressing

We loved this simple and delicious homemade Catalina salad dressing. Why would you buy dressing at the store when you can make an even better version at home? Just toss some simple ingredients that you probably already have on-hand into a blender. Pulse a few times, then transfer to a Mason jar. Not only do you have a fantastic tasting dressing, you have a healthier dressing for a fraction of the cost of store-bought.

For a little different flavor, substitute honey for the white sugar.

Homemade Catalina Salad DressingOn the right is my homemade Italian dressing, which is not only great tasting, it is also just as easy to make as this Catalina dressing.

This dressing is great on my Mason jar salad.

Homemade Catalina Salad Dressing

Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • White onion grated, to taste

Instructions

  • Place all but the onion in a blender. Pulse a few times. Add white onion to taste and blend until smooth. Store in the fridge.

Mason Jar Salad

We often have a salad with our dinner. Sometimes, you want to mix it up a little. Make it  look a little different. These mason jar salads did just that. Great greens, juicy explode-in-your-mouth tomatoes, and a few croutons, all topped with homemade dressings. It might be just a salad, but put it in a Mason jar and everyone ‘oooohs’ and ‘aaaaahs’, just like they do for my classic wedge salads.Mason Jar SaladYou can put anything you want into these salads. As long as it’ll fit through the jar opening. I used jelly jars since they are big around the base, and have a large mouth, making it easier to get to the salad.

For dressings, I like to make jars of my homemade Catalina dressing or homemade Italian dressing.

Mason Jar Salad

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 small head romaine lettuce
  • Jars
  • Toppings cherry tomatoes, croutons, cubed or shredded cheese, diced onion or cucumber, etc

Instructions

  • Cut the bottom off the lettuce. Then, cut it into 2" (depending on how deep your jars are) pieces. Insert the pieces into the jars then top with your desired toppings and serve.

Homemade Italian Vinaigrette

This homemade Italian vinaigrette (on the right in the photo) is my favorite salad dressing. It looks great and tastes great and it is so easy to make. I sometimes find that store-bought dressings can be a bit too vinegary. The beauty of making my own versions at home is that I can easily adjust the amount of vinegar. This has the right balance of vinegar and spices. I love it.

Homemade Catalina and Italian Salad DressingsThis homemade Italian vinaigrette gets better with time as the flavors ‘get happy’. I like to give the dried spices time to flavor the dressing. Shown on the left is my homemade Catalina dressing.

Homemade Italian Vinaigrette

Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper diced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a pint Mason jar and shake well.