We all feel good about serving a delicious salad. But nothing amps up the tasty factor like a homemade dressing. This Homemade Smoky Catalina Dressing is so easy to make and adds layers of flavors that the store bought stuff just can’t touch.

Jar full of homemade Catalina dressing

What You Need To Make Homemade Catalina Dressing

  • ketchup
  • red wine vinegar
  • olive oil
  • sugar
  • minced onion
  • paprika
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • garlic
  • salt, pepper, cumin
Catalina Dressing ingredients in a mixer.

I used to be in the “why bother making your own dressing” camp. I thought it would be way more trouble than just picking up a bottle at the store. And while I do still pick up the occasional bottle, I’ve learned that homemade dressing not only tastes better, but it’s super easy.

A few ingredients and a few pulses in the food processor is all it takes to have a fresh ‘house made’ salad dressing every time!

Overhead view of mason jar full of freshly made Catalina Dressing.

And if you love that classic Catalina Taco Salad, well, you’re in for a special treat! This homemade dressing will make your family crazy for it!

Jar full of homemade Catalina dressing

Homemade Smoky Catalina Dressing

Make your own classic sweet and tangy Catalina Dressing with just a touch of smoky savoriness!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 3/4 C olive oil
  • 1/2 C ketchup
  • 1/2 C red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt & black pepper, each
  • pinch cumin


  • Add all ingredients except olive oil to food processor.  Pulse until all ingredients are well blended.
  • Gradually add olive oil and pulse until dressing is emulsified.  Serve.

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