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Catalina Layered Taco Salad is a layered taco salad with Catalina dressing makes for a great Mexican meal. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.

CATALINA LAYERED TACO SALADI did it! I got my old leather couch and love seat down by the dumpster. The new set was on its way. Wait did I just say was? Yes, I did. In my “starting over new in my old apartment” I ran into a snag with the new furniture. The delivery men could not load the couch onto the elevator. It is very tall and bigger than my old couch. I was told I would need to pick a new set.

I broke down, to them and told them “this is my first weekend off in a month, I won’t get another Saturday off for another month to wait for a delivery. My old set was dragged over to the dumpster I can not retrieve it. I got nothing to sit on upstairs now.”

They felt so bad, they told to call the store right now talk to a woman named Christina and explain what was going on. So I went up to my apartment, called her. She said if I got down to the store now, I could get a set delivered today. I didn’t like anything else I told her, which I didn’t. I liked one thing but out my price range. She asked if the love seat fit, I told her they didn’t try, it was still on the truck. She said why didn’t I do 2 love seats because the love seat is a large one that would work. I thought about it and said yeah, that was a great idea.

So ran down to tell the guys, but they were gone! As I was coming back up to my apartment the store called they must have called the guys told them I was going to just take the love seat, but they admitted they left. So she had them turn around and deliver the love seat.

The new love seat. The pillows I am still working with I got covers coming from eBay from them, and I still need to call and get the other love seat delivered. I did it, I got rid the old furniture, my past life with my ex-husband is out the door. That was one the last few things from that marriage I still have, besides his last name.
It feels good to purge the past. It feels good to change and start over new in this old place. I am putting all the abuse I went through in that marriage behind. Dee has finally emerged and it feels good.
So, speaking of change I do have some exciting news for this recipe blog. How many of you like recipes? Do you visit food blogs regularly? I know sometimes it is hard to keep up with the various recipe/food blogs out there on a daily basis. A long time ago I said about starting a food magazine, well Olive and Grapevine is becoming a weekly newsletter that will be like food porn sites like TasteSpotting, Foodgwaker, and Tasteology. Each week email subscribers will have wonderful photos with the link to that food blog that has the recipe emailed to them. It will be like your ow little food porn right in your email. Right now I am in the process of building the template, but it will be launching very soon. I am taking subscribers. Does this sound  interesting to you? Then sign up here and when we launch you get your weekly seduction of recipes from around the blogosphere.
CATALINA LAYERED TACO SALAD | Seduction in the Kitchen
Anyway, Cinco de Mayo is coming up. Well, it is defiantly a party time, at least with me with all these changes I been doing. Plus it is a great time to enjoy some Mexican inspired foods.
When I was a kid, my mother had a friend make this taco salad, what made this taco salad so good was it had Catalina dressing on it. Fast forward to today, as I was going through some things when I thought I may be moving, I came across some old recipes that were given to me. One of them was the Catalina Layered Taco Salad. I decided I wanted to put this recipe up on the blog, one because it really is a great recipe and two, the woman who gave to me, sadly passed away a few years ago, so it would be a nice mini tribute to her.

Catalina Layered Taco Salad

  • Author: Deanna Samaan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Mexican


A layered taco salad with Catalina dressing makes for a great Mexican meal. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.


  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2 tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 bag plain Doritos
  • 1 4 oz can sliced black olives
  • 1 ounce bottle Catalina dressing (16)


  1. Brown your ground beef and add the taco seasoning to it. Make the taco meat according to the directions on the taco seasoning.
  2. Place a layer of the taco meat onto a plate.
  3. Crush the Doritos and then put a layer of the crushed Doritos on top the taco meat.
  4. Next layer on the lettuce.
  5. Add the tomatoes.
  6. The next layer is onions.
  7. Then the black olives.
  8. Finally the cheese on top.
  9. Squeeze the Catalina dressing on the very top. Usually 1/2 the bottle is good but you can use the whole bottle is desire.
  10. Then serve it up and ENJOY!


  • Calories: 525
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  • Anonymous
    May 5, 2014

    You should try it with Green Goddess dressing. Adds a nice herbaceousness to the mix.

    • Deanna Samaan
      January 13, 2017

      What A great idea! Thank you!

  • Deanna Samaan
    January 13, 2017

    Thank you!!