A brace of tries from Ken Sio was not enough to see Salford claim the points on their visit to Southern France.
Niall Evalds claimed the Red Devils’ other try at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, as Elliot Kear made his debut in place of the injured Dan Sarginson.
The hosts enjoyed the majority of the possession in the first half and as a result had more opportunities.
Micky McIlorum opened the scoring in the eighth minute and James Maloney extended the lead with a penalty.
Matt Whitley added a further two tries to the Dragons’ tally, giving them a substantial lead at the interval.
Halftime: Catalans Dragons 18-0 Salford Red Devils
The Red Devils started the second-half strongly, with Niall Evalds putting them on the scoreboard in the 43rd minute and Tui Lolohea adding the conversion.
Salford also gained a numerical advantage, when Sam Tomkins was show a yellow card for a trip in the build-up.
Ken Sio then came to the fore, with an impressive finish in the right corner. He was then opportunistic for his second, which took his side to within a single score.
The Dragons then hit-back with tries from Fouad Yaha and Lewis Tierney to secure the result in their favour.
Salford return to the AJ Bell Stadium for their next match when they host Wigan Warriors on Friday. Tickets can be purchased from the AJ Bell Stadium ticket office, by calling 0161 786 1570, or online HERE.
Full-time: Catalans Dragons 30-14 Salford Red Devils
Catalans tries: McIlorum (8), Whitley (25, 29), Yaha (74), Tierney (77)
Catalans goals: Maloney (5/7)
Salford tries: Evalds (43), Sio (52,66)
Salford goals: Lolohea (1/3)
Dragons: Tomkins, Tierney, Langi, Folau, Yaha, Maloney, Drinkwater, Casty, McIlorum, Bousquet, Whitley, Jullien, Garcia Subs: Seguier, Maria, Baitieri, Kasiano.
Red Devils: Evalds, Sio, Welham, Kear, Williams, Sarginson, Lolohea, Brown, Mossop, Lussick, Dudson, Roberts, Lannon, Flanagan Subs: Pauli, McCarthy, Ikahihifo, Yates.
Referee: C. Kendall
Image Credit Steve McCormick