Fresh, homemade salad dressing is pretty simple, and it’s so much better than store-bought. When you make your own dressings, you can control the sugar and salt levels, and you’ll always know every ingredient in the dressing, which is important if anyone in the family has allergies. When it comes to making salad dressings, you could certainly whisk the ingredients in a bowl, but that’s not very convenient for serving or storing.
Fortunately, there are a wide variety of salad dressing containers that are designed to make mixing easy. Some are great for daily serving, while others are more attractive for parties and events. And a few containers are just for show, to serve your favorite dressings at the table. Not just for salad dressings, many of these containers are also useful for mixing or serving marinades and sauces as well.
To help you find the best salad dressing containers to accompany your crispy greens and more, we sent top-rated containers to our experienced product tester. Each one was used to make and store vinegarettes and creamy dressings, and then poured out onto salads. Then, the dressing containers were all rated on ease of use, design, size, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
Here, some of the best salad dressing containers.
Kolder Salad Dressing Mixing Bottle
Dressing recipes on the bottle
Narrow bottle opening
If you're looking for a salad dressing container that checks all the boxes, Kolder is a safe bet. With eight classic recipes printed on the side, you can say goodbye to tedious measuring forever. Recipes include caesar, French, Italian, Greek, vinaigrette, balsamic vinaigrette, honey mustard, and Asian—and there's even a "light" version of the bottle.
The 13-ounce bottle is a smart choice to make and store your homemade dressing with its tight-fitting lid that’s easy to screw on and off. Our tester did note it has no pour spout or flip top so the flow can be more difficult to control. One quick tip: When pouring dressing over salad greens, twist your wrist at the end to stop the flow from the bottle without spillage. The circular motion of the twist stops the flow of liquid and deposits it back in the bottle, much like the way it does for ending the pour on a wine bottle without dripping.
In her first test, our reviewer made the balsamic vinaigrette recipe on the bottle, and she found the measurement markings on the bottle alleviated dirtying an extra measuring cup. She noted the vinaigrette was a nice consistency and tasty prepared as directed. Her one negative was the narrow bottle opening required a funnel when adding thicker ingredients like the dijon in the balsamic vinaigrette, or chunky dressings.
Another plus is that the permanent markings on this USA-made bottle won't fade over time. In testing, our reviewer noted both the top and bottle cleaned up easily in the dishwasher and the recipe etchings on the bottle were still pristine.
Price at time of publish: $11 for 13-ounce in light
Material: Glass | Capacity: 13 ounces | Weight: 8 ounces | Dimensions: 3.75 x 3.75 x 7 inches | Color: Off-white | Dishwasher safe: Yes
"The lack of pour spout did make a very fast flow when dispensing the dressing, but there was no spillage." – Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best Small Shaker
OXO Good Grips Little Salad Dressing Shaker
Perfect for small amounts
Leakproof seal for shaking
Wide opening for adding ingredients
Not large enough for big dinners
The OXO Good Grips Little Salad Dressing Shaker is a great choice when you want to make just a small amount of dressing. The 1-cup capacity lets you make single servings or just enough salad dressing for the family when you want to avoid leftovers.
This product has a leak-proof seal to shake and pour with confidence, and the wide opening lets you add ingredients with ease. Our tester loved the clearly marked measurements for both cups and milliliters—she lauded the convenience of not dirtying extra cups for measuring and the ample bottle opening for adding ingredients like the lemon zest she grated right over the container. She also noted there was no leakage while she vigorously shook her lemon vinaigrette.
For serving, the lever opens easily with one hand and flips back to seal so you can store the dressing in the same container. Our reviewer noted that though it easily performed these tasks for thinner dressings, when she loaded a chunky blue cheese into the container, the chunks of cheese could not pass the pour spout.
Made from Tritan plastic, it is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning, and our tester recorded that all parts, including the angled spout and gasket threads, were completely clean after a run through the dishwasher. One of the standout features of this model our reviewer noted is the green, non-slip grip which fit comfortably in her hands and stayed secure throughout shaking three different salad dressings.
Price at time of publish: $17 for little salad dressing shaker
Material: Plastic | Capacity: 8 ounces | Weight: 4.6 ounces | Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 6.6 inches | Color: Green, clear | Dishwasher safe: Yes
"The mouth of the container is plenty wide for any ingredient, including garlic cloves and thick dijon." - Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best with Internal Mixer
Whiskware Salad Dressing Shaker with BlenderBall
Ball whisk promotes thorough blending
Ball is removable for serving and storage
Spout closes automatically
Lid should be hand-washed
You can certainly make salad dressing by shaking it in any convenient sealed container, but the Whiskware Salad Dressing Shaker makes the process faster and easier. It includes a round stainless steel wire ball that acts like a whisk right inside the container. Since it’s blended more efficiently, dressings stay emulsified longer. Our reviewer put this claim to the test by making the same Simple Italian Salad Dressing in the Whiskware and a standard dressing shaker. She found the dressing in the regular container lost emulsification after 17 minutes and began separating while the dressing in the Whiskware remained fully emulsified for an additional 51 minutes.
You can remove the ball for serving and storage or leave it in place to quickly shake the dressing again as needed. During testing our reviewer noted the wide mouth of the container made for easy loading of ingredients, and she appreciated the clearly marked measurements on the Tritan plastic carafe, alleviating dirtying extra dishes. She also recorded that the seal on the container remained tight with no leakage throughout shaking over three tests.
The spout opens easily with one hand and closes automatically when released, eliminating accidental spills. Our reviewer loved the controlled flow of the dressing the pour spout afforded. The lid is best washed by hand so you can get into all the nooks and crannies, but our tester put both top and bottom through a dishwasher cycle and was impressed that all parts of the container were thoroughly cleaned.
Price at time of publish: $15 in tritan plastic
Material: Plastic | Capacity: 2.5 cups | Weight: 5.9 ounces | Dimensions: 2.99 x 2.97 x 8.69 inches | Color: White, clear | Dishwasher safe: Yes
"The emulsification was speedy and lasted a very long time. At this price point, it is a steal for making your own dressing." - Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Evriholder Dressing 2 Go Containers
Ideal for storage
It’s simple to take a salad to work, but dressing it in advance can make the lettuce soggy and unappealing. And bringing a large bottle of dressing can be inconvenient. These 2-ounce containers from Evriholder solve the problem.
These containers are made from flexible, dishwasher-safe, BPA-free silicone that’s easy to squeeze to dispense the dressing. The cap is leakproof, with a flip-top for convenient serving and a snug seal. In one test, our reviewer filled a container with lemon vinaigrette and turned it upside down for 30 minutes—there was no leakage, and the cap was still tightly affixed. In a second test, our reviewer filled a container with chunky blue cheese, sealed it, and put it in a lunch box with carrot sticks to take to the beach. An hour later no spillage or leaks were observed, even after jostling around in a cooler transported by bicycle with lots of bumps and stops. She did note the container was not easily filled without a funnel due to the narrow mouth.
The cap also twists off for easy cleaning when you bring the empty container back home. You can also prepare in advance for several days or send dressing along with different family members.
Not just for salad dressings, these are also great for condiments for your sandwiches or a little salsa and dip snack, too. Our tester packed one container with thick hot honey, and another with spicy mustard for a picnic, and reported not only were there no leaks, but the design of the container made dispensing these condiments a cinch. She appreciated the different colored tops to help identify what each contained without pulling them from the crowded insulated tote. They washed easily in the dishwasher when finished.
Price at time of publish: $20 for dressing 2 go 3pk
Material: Silicone | Capacity: 2 ounces | Weight: 1.6 ounces | Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.25 x 5.25 inches | Color: Clear, green, blue, pink | Dishwasher safe: Yes
"I loved these little containers! They are just the right size for lunch to-go, perfect for a couple on a picnic, and extremely easy to use." — Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best Oil and Vinegar Set
Zeppoli Oil and Vinegar Bottle Set with Stainless Steel Rack and Removable Cork
Attractive for serving
Secure rubber stoppers
Rack holds both bottles neatly
Not for all types of salads
Oil and vinegar is a classic combo for salad dressing. Our tester loved the included collapsible funnel for easy, mess-free filling. They’re also handy in the kitchen when you need to dispense oil or vinegar for recipes. The stainless steel rack looks attractive on the table or in the kitchen and makes the bottles easy to carry or pass around at the table.
For testing, our reviewer filled the bottles with avocado oil and red wine vinegar. She reported the dual-spout design allowed her to dispense at customized flow levels over four bowls of salad greens without dribbles. She also loved the included rubber stoppers for preserving leftover oil and vinegar, and noted even after holding the bottle upside down for 15 minutes, there was no leakage. The rubber stoppers seal tightly, so you’ll never have drips or spills.
The one negative our tester found was the tall, slender shape of the bottle made it difficult to clean, even with a normal bottle brush. A tall, thin test tube brush solved the issue and passed through the spouts and gaskets easily, according to our reviewer.
Price at time of publish: $29 for 2 pack 17oz
Material: Glass | Capacity: 17 ounces | Weight: 2.5 pounds | Dimensions: 14.1 x 6.1 x 3.3 inches | Color: Clear, black | Dishwasher safe: No
"I loved the attractive design of this product; it looked great on my counter and on my table for serving." - Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best Serving Cruet
Anchor Hocking Presence Cruet With Stopper
Great for more than dressings
Might need funnel to fill
A cruet, such as this one from Anchor Hocking, is great for any salad dressing. It will also come in handy for serving syrups or sauces at the table. Our tester used it to serve warm maple syrup for a pancake breakfast and found it poured well with very little dripping across six plates of flapjack stacks.
The sturdy handle and pour spout make it easy to dispense the right amount of dressing. Our tester reported the heft of the tempered glass felt durable, and the etching on the stopper made this an attractive choice for a serving vessel on a table. She did report a funnel was necessary for both a thinner vinaigrette and creamy ranch dressing because of the narrow size of the cruet mouth.
Oil and vinegar, she reported, went in easily and poured at a nice flow over salad greens. The stopper provided a secure seal for storing extra dressing in the refrigerator overnight. Cleaning the bottle was slightly onerous—our reviewer had to use a small, angled bottle brush to reach the widest parts of the cruet’s body. Despite the extra cleaning tool required, our tester thought this was a smart choice if you are looking for a salad dressing container that can double as a pretty serving vessel.
Price at time of publish: $41
Material: Glass | Capacity: 10 ounces | Weight: 4 pounds | Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 8 inches | Color: Clear | Dishwasher safe: Yes
"When dispensing a lemon vinaigrette on salad greens, I was able to control the flow well because of the wide body, convenient handle, and pour spout." - Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best for Meal Prep
Sistema To-Go Collection Dressing Food Storage Containers
Great for travel
Colored lids help identify different dressings
Can use for condiment and dips
Size might be small for some salads
It’s easy to make a salad dressing by the pint—or even by the quart—so it’s a great item to prep ahead to save time later. But when you’re packing a salad to go for lunch, no one wants to bring a large quantity. These 1.18-ounce containers are constructed with firm, durable plastic with color-coded tops that screw on and off easily, according to our tester. They can be tucked right in the salad container to keep the dressing handy while keeping it separate from the greens so they won’t get soggy.
Filling them with lemon vinaigrette, as well as chunky blue cheese was a cinch for our reviewer because of the wide mouth openings—no funnel was required across the four tests she performed. She did note they poured rather quickly when she dispensed the vinaigrette.
These come as an eight-piece set, so there are plenty of containers for the entire week. They also have lids in assorted colors, making it easy to tell which holds the ranch dressing and garlic sauce when it’s time to grab and go. Our tester filled one with dried cranberries, another with sunflower seeds, another with mayonnaise, and another with poppyseed dressing, and then loaded them into a lunchbox upside down to test how securely they sealed. She threw the lunchbox up and down a few times after retrieving it from the refrigerator in the morning, and found everything dry and intact when she checked the contents. She was impressed with the reliable seal, and appreciated the color-coded tops to differentiate what was inside without unpacking the lunchbox.
Not just for dressings or lunches, these are also handy for portioning reward treats for the kiddos or for storing small amounts of everything from homemade spice mixes to paper clips and thumbtacks. Our tester reported the containers were a snap to clean with hot, soapy water and a sponge.
Price at time of publish: $17
Material: Plastic | Capacity: 1.18 ounces | Weight: 3.59 ounces | Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.86 x 3.15 inches | Color: Clear, purple, pink, green, blue | Dishwasher safe: Yes
"These containers are a bit small unless you are using them exclusively for 1-2 people, but they are convenient for lunches on the go with their super-reliable seals and color-coded tops." - Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
Best Nostalgic Favorite
Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix, 2 Packages with Cruet
Includes dressing packets
Wide mouth on bottle for filling
Plastic top leaks when shaken
Before salad dressing mixes were ubiquitous, Good Seasons sold its dressings with an iconic bottle that was appealing enough for serving. Today, the brand offers the same deal, although the cruet is a little different. There are measurement marks on the side of the bottle, but our tester reported they are not obvious quantities. The “O,” “W,” and “V” correspond to how much oil, vinegar, and water are required to prepare the included Good Seasons dressing packet. She made the Italian dressing twice according to box directions and cruet measurements with consistent, tasty results. When shaking the dressing some leakage seeped out between the plastic top and cruet, but not much.
Our reviewer appreciated the sturdy glass cruet with its wide mouth and sloped body, but reported the plastic top seemed flimsy and was difficult to snap on and off. Beyond the included Italian dressings, she filled the bottle with a vinaigrette, as well as a chunky blue cheese dressing. Across four tests she found the mouth of the bottle amply-sized to add all ingredients without spillage or need for a funnel. The flow of the vinaigrette was nice and controlled coming out the flip-top spout, but the chunky blue cheese could not pass through the hole. This was easily remedied by taking the plastic top off and pouring directly from the container.
According to our tester, a typical bottle brush was too big to fit into the cruet for washing, but a small brush easily passed the mouth and reached the entire glass surface. Our reviewer noted that without the plastic top on, this cruet was attractive enough to serve maple syrup, sauces, or dressings right at the table.
Price at time of publish: $9
Material: Plastic | Capacity: Not listed | Weight: 2.8 ounces | Dimensions: 11.18 x 9.76 x 4.61 inches | Color: Clear, black | Dishwasher safe: Not listed
"The package explained the conversion to cups which makes it universally useful for other dressings. The packets made the old-time Good Seasons Italian dressing I remembered perfectly." - Carrie Honaker, Product Tester
How We Tested
Our selected salad dressing containers were tested for hours by our product tester for the most authentic results. We paid close attention to each container's design and ease of use, assessing how well they emulsified and poured out the dressings. The containers were used with both vinegarettes and creamy dressings. We also made careful note of how reliable the seal was–if there was any leakage or spilling during travel. Each salad dressing container was given a rating for ease of use, design, size, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
What to Look for in Salad Dressing Containers
Ease of Use
Look for a well-designed salad dressing container with convenience features like a wide spout and a dishwasher-safe construction. You may also want to consider other elements, like whether or not the vessel has measurement markings on the side, since this can also greatly add to the ease of use.
Material plays a big role in the design of a salad dressing container. Though glass is often preferable, since it doesn’t absorb smells, flavors, or colors, plastic tends to be more durable. But you also want to consider the size of the spout as a design feature. If you tend to make thinner dressings, like vinaigrette, a smaller spout can help you keep control when pouring. On the other hand, if you tend to make thicker dressings, like ranch, you’ll want a wider spout, otherwise the dressing won’t flow properly.
Do you need a container to take with you to work for lunch? If so, you’ll want a smaller salad dressing container—approximately 2 ounces will suffice for a single-serve meal. But if you need a container to make a large batch of dressing to serve with your family’s dinner—or something even larger to keep a big batch of dressing in the fridge for multiple uses—you’ll want a bigger vessel upwards of 8 ounces.
Ease of Cleaning
Typically, dishwasher-safe vessels are most convenient. And, luckily, many salad dressing containers are dishwasher safe. Just keep in mind: Though some containers may be dishwasher safe, many of the lids that come with them may require handwashing.
What is the ideal container for salad dressing?
The ideal container for salad dressing is glass, since glass vessels don’t absorb colors, odors, or flavors the same way plastic can. They’re also generally dishwasher safe and easy to wash. Plastic salad dressing containers do have their benefits, though. Plastic containers are more durable and often come with tight-fitting lids, so you can transport dressing without fear it will spill.
How do you transport salad dressing?
Typically, it’s preferable to transport salad dressing in a separate container, so that your food doesn’t get soggy before you have a chance to eat it. But, because salad dressing is a liquid, it’s important to use a container with a tight-fitting lid. Generally, these containers are plastic, since it’s a more durable material. These types of containers are often on the smaller side—approximately 2 ounces—for more convenient transport.
How many ounces are there in a typical salad dressing container?
Much like bowls or other storage containers, this varies greatly from vessel to vessel. In general, salad dressing containers meant for transport are much smaller—approximately 2 ounces. Salad dressing containers for home use—ones that sit in your fridge for a week or more at a time—are typically much larger. Often, these can range anywhere from 8 to 16 (or more) ounces.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
From her basic cooking beginnings making simple salad dressings in a bowl to more complicated dressings using fancy jars or electric blenders, Donna Currie has handled her fair share of vinegar, oil, mayo, and spices and has prepped enough iceberg to sink a ship. She knows her way around a salad bowl as well as salad dressing containers.
Carrie Honaker is a food writer who has made a lot of salad dressings over the years. As a restaurateur and avid home cook, she knows the importance of a tightly-sealed container when shaking a new dressing. She tested all nine of the options on this list, and fell in love with the Whiskware for its fantastic performance emulsifying vinaigrette. Her work has appeared in many publications including Bon Appetit, Allrecipes, and Wine Enthusiast.
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