Why You Should Start Making Vinaigrette In A Squeeze Bottle

Squeeze bottles just might be one of the most underrated kitchen tools to have on hand. They're great for a number of condiments, ranging from maple syrup and thin jelly to aioli and even salad dressings. While having a large stash of squeeze bottles ready to be filled with any kind of toppings you use most often on dishes ranging from sandwiches to salads can make your life more simple, you might not be aware of just how much easier they can make meal prep.

Vinaigrette, a mixture of oil, vinegar, and seasonings, is a staple in any home cook's kitchen. And if you enjoy making salads at home often, you might appreciate the ability to make and customize your own simple vinaigrette salad dressings. It's the perfect condiment for adding flavor and brightness to a variety of dishes including salads, vegetables, and meats. But not all vinaigrettes are created equal. 

While many people might be content to mix their vinaigrette in a bowl, there is a better way to make this delicious condiment.

This is how J. Kenji López-Alt makes salad dressing

Similar to the end of the jar mustard vinaigrette trick, which Martha Stewart discussed during an episode of "Today," noting you can easily create dressing by adding olive oil, lemon juice, and seasonings to the remaining bit of mustard in your jar, Serious Eats' J. Kenji López-Alt recommends using a squeeze bottle for vinaigrettes.

Just as Stewart simply pours her chosen ingredients into a mustard jar, you can combine your vinaigrette ingredients into a squeeze bottle. And not just that: You can also draw lines for each ingredient and refill as needed, as López-Alt advises, eliminating the need for measuring utensils and other kitchen tools.

Using a squeeze bottle also allows you to precisely control the amount of vinaigrette you add, ensuring that each bite has the right amount of flavor. And, rather than having to stir your ingredients in a bowl, risking potential spills, you can instead shake up the ingredients in the sealed bottle.

In addition, you can make larger batches to keep on hand and simply re-shake them when you're in need.