Catalina Salad Dressing

I’d say that about half the time, we make our own salad dressing and half of the time we buy them. There’s nothing wrong with bottled dressings, but sometimes we prefer something fresh and something we can ‘tweak’ a bit if we want. This Catalina salad dressing is one of our all-time favorites. It’s quite easy to make and always delicious.

Catalina Salad Dressing

The grated white onion is one of the key flavors in this Catalina salad dressing. Don’t skip it and don’t skimp on it. I used about a tablespoon, but you might want more. Or less.

This dressing gets even better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours. Just make sure to give it a good shake before serving.

I always double this recipe when making it.

Also try my Honky Tonk Sweet and Spicy salad dressing.

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?
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 1434kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher 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. I'd start with about 1/2 a tablespoon and add more if desired.

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 1434kcal | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 110g | Saturated Fat: 89g | Sodium: 3062mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 117g | Vitamin A: 578IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

There are certainly a lot of homemade Thousand Island dressing recipes out on the internet. But I found this one to be slightly different. The flavor is richer. It’s deeper. And it has just a little kick to it. It’s just better than the rest. And it uses ingredients that I have on-hand. That’s a plus. Perfect on a salad, and even better on a Reuben sandwich.

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

I wasn’t shy with the hot sauce when I made this homemade Thousand Island dressing. Now, I wasn’t making spicy wing sauce, no, but I wanted to get that spiciness. So many dressings are just creamy. Or just vinegary. A little heat changes things up.

So why is it called Thousand Island dressing? Because it came from the Thousand Island region between the US and Canada. I didn’t know that either.

Also try my 18000 Island dressing.

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

There are certainly a lot of homemade Thousand Island dressing recipes out on the internet. But I found this one to be slightly different. The flavor is richer. It’s deeper. And it has just a little kick to it.
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 3 cups
Calories 703kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup diced pimientos drained
  • 1 large egg hard-boiled, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons dill pickles finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • hot sauce to taste

Instructions

  • Combine everything in a bowl.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour then check for seasoning.

Nutrition

Calories: 703kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 72g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1415mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 823IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Wood Shop BBQ Sauce

This sauce originates from a BBQ joint in Seattle, Washington, called Wood Shop BBQ. It’s pretty much a traditional (great) BBQ sauce but with a pretty healthy dose of Worcestershire sauce to boot. I used it on my awesome pulled pork BBQ, but I think this sauce would be even better on smoked brisket or beef ribs.

Wood Shop BBQ Sauce

It has been a while since Anita and I sort of disagreed on a recipe. While this Wood Shop BBQ sauce is pretty Worcestershire-sauce-y, I thought it was pretty darned good. But Anita couldn’t get passed the amount of Worcestershire sauce. I also thought that the sauce got way better after sitting in the fridge for a few days. I recommend you start with half of what the recipe states and go from there. I am a huge Worcestershire sauce fan, so I used almost the full amount.

Also try my copycat of Dreamland’s BBQ sauce.

Wood Shop BBQ Sauce

I would recommend that you use half of the Worcestershire sauce stated, taste, and add more if desired.
Course BBQ Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 quart
Calories 3518kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce start with about 1/2 cup first
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Combine the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, molasses, brown sugar, hot sauce and lemon juice together in a large pot and whisk until blended. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, then add the chili powder, granulated garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper and cayenne. Continue to simmer 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep from burning.

Nutrition

Calories: 3518kcal | Carbohydrates: 825g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 32496mg | Potassium: 13724mg | Fiber: 54g | Sugar: 648g | Vitamin A: 44869IU | Vitamin C: 134mg | Calcium: 1681mg | Iron: 57mg

Nutritional values are approximate.