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Catalina Dressing with Raw Honey

catalina dressing with raw honey
Written by Cricket

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Catalina is one of those dressings that I never even think of eating, but when I do, I wonder why not. It is so delicious with its sweet and tangy tomato overtones. I think I have always been put off because it just seemed a little too fake. It was just one of those dressings that came in a Kraft or Wishbone bottle that was at every potluck I went to as a kid.

This Catalina is NOT your grandmother’s Catalina. It is as nutritious and REAL as it is delicious. Just like my other raw honey recipes, I want every ingredient to be healthy. So instead of ketchup, I’m using organic tomato paste from Italy, and of course, instead of sugar, I’m using raw honey. For the umami aspect, miso is used rather than worcestershire sauce, so it’s vegatarian with the bonus of fermented probiotics. The rest of the spices and seasonings speak for themselves and have their own qualities if you look into them.

I know you will love eating this on a yummy salad with garden-fresh tomatoes. Try it on a plate of cottage cheese with sunflower seeds sprinkled on top for a fantastic high-protein lunch or snack. My mouth just started to water as I thought of it, LOL!

Simple, healthy ingredients make the difference.
salad with catalina dressing

Catalina Dressing with Raw Honey

This is going to be one of your favorite healthy dressings for all kinds of salads and veg. Replacing ketchup with tomato paste, sugar with raw honey, and worcestershire with miso makes this ultra healthy too. Makes about 2 cups.
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American


  • blender


  • 1/2 c Sunflower Oil can use any oil
  • 1/2 c Raw Honey local is best
  • 1/2 c Apple Cider Vinegar use any vinegar
  • 1/3 c Tomato Paste
  • 1 tbsp Miso
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground dry mustard
  • 1 tsp ground chiles de arbol if you want spicier dressing, use spicy peppers. Chiles de arbol are not spicy.


  • Put all the ingredients, except the oil, in a blender and blend briefly
  • With the blender on, slowly add oil to emulsify. Turn off the blender as soon as the oil is gone.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Keyword apple cider vinegar, dressing, healthy, honey, vegetarian

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Welcome to my blog! I’m Cricket (yes, my parents named me that!) and I’m a natural homesteader. Growing up in rural Idaho with a garden, a horse, and lots of canned food, I like to bring those sensibilities to my suburban home in Phoenix, Arizona. Add a little dose of cottage garden flavor and permaculture tendencies, and you’ll see why GardenVariety.Life is a reflection of everything I do.

I truly enjoy sharing the skills that promote a meaningful and practical connection to our gardens and environment. Because so many residents of the metro phoenix area are transplants, I find that the area’s unique desert climate is often misunderstood and underestimated in terms of what is possible. That’s where the fun begins. Arizona is a burgeoning permaculture haven with homesteading written all over it, and there is nothing I enjoy more than encouraging others to jump in and give it a try.