Catalina (Red Russian) Dressing



Red Russian Dressing
No mayo!

  • 1/4 cup sugar or honey
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (Most recipes call for red wine vinegar but the balsamic brings out the beautiful dark red color.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds (I used a tablespoon and the flavor skyrocketed.)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated onion (or 1/2 tbsp onion powder)

What to do with them...

  • Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and using an immersion blender, mix until smooth.


  • In a saucepan cook the sugar and water until a thick syrup is formed, then let it cool. (Skip this step if you're using honey)
  • Combine all the remaining ingredients and the syrup and whisk to blend well. Let the dressing sit for as long as possible before using to allow the flavors to infuse the liquid. At least an hour or better yet a day or two or even longer.