Why buy a salad bowl?
Salad bowls are ideal vessels for serving salads at mealtimes, but you can also use them to serve fruit, pasta, or even popcorn on family movie night. If you love having family dinners or entertaining guests, adding a lovely salad bowl to your collection just makes sense.
What should you consider in a salad bowl?
- Material: Salad bowls come in a variety of materials. While classic wood is nice and easy to wipe clean, it isn’t ideal for hot items and can’t be tossed in the dishwasher. Metal is a convenient choice, but it may be too heavy for some. Glass and porcelain are sleek and pretty, but they are also breakable and heavy. Plastic is a good choice if you’re traveling in an RV, camping, have limited space, or if you’re prone to breaking things.
- Size: If you love to entertain large groups, go big or go home. Salad bowls can come in very large sizes to accommodate enough salad for a family gathering. But for smaller groups, a smaller bowl may be more your style. Plus, smaller options take up less space in your cupboard.
- Washability: Many options are hand-wash only, which may not be a good option for people with limited time. If you need to be able to wash your salad bowl in the dishwasher, you’ll want to choose one that’s dishwasher safe. If you are washing your salad bowl in the dishwasher, check first to see if it’s top-rack only to be sure it doesn’t get ruined in the cycle.
Which utensils are best to use with a salad bowl?
To avoid damaging or scratching your salad bowl, we recommend using wooden or plastic salad utensils. Wooden utensils will need to be treated like a wooden bowl. They are generally not dishwasher-safe, and they will often need a coat of mineral oil. Plastic serving utensils need to be hand washed or washed on the top rack of the dishwasher to keep them from warping. We recommend BPA-free, responsibly-made recycled plastic utensils.
Lipper International Acacia Wave Serving Bowl
This large modern wooden salad bowl is made to fit enough for the whole family.
Pros: This wooden salad bowl is well-made and has a classic, rustic look perfect for modern farmhouse, beach, cottage, or traditional decor styles. This bowl gives you a big bang for the buck compared to similar models. Because it’s such a versatile home product, this wooden bowl would make a fabulous housewarming or wedding gift. It comes in small and large sizes to fit your needs.
Cons: This bowl needs to be treated with a food-safe wood finish or mineral oil to avoid splintering.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a beautiful wooden salad bowl, look no further. The wood grain is gorgeous, and it works with many different home decor styles.
Kook Double-Wall Metal Serving Bowl
This dishwasher-safe insulated serving bowl brings beauty and functionality to your table.
Pros: One of the best things about this stainless steel bowl is its versatility. It can be used for more than just salad—it keeps hot soups warmer longer, it’s a great serving bowl for cold items like shrimp cocktail, and it can be used for just about everything in between. It holds up to a gallon of food or liquid. Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe, so it’s great for busy families.
Cons: It doesn’t come with a lid.
Bottom Line: If you want a salad bowl that does it all, this may be the bowl for you. It’s insulated to hold hot or cold items and maintain their temperature.
Bormioli Rocco Viva Salad Bowl
This beautiful glass salad bowl is a practical and beautiful addition to your kitchen.
Pros: This glass bowl is a classic. It comes in several sizes, too. The largest holds 174 ounces, perfect for large family gatherings or as a punch bowl. The bowl looks way more expensive than it is, so it’s an incredible value, and the tempered glass makes it more durable than it looks. It’s dishwasher-safe, which is a sweet plus.
Cons: It’s a little slippery, which can be dangerous because it’s also breakable. If you’re clumsy, you might want to go for a metal or wooden bowl instead.
Bottom Line: If your ideal salad bowl is simple yet classy, this is the one for you. This gorgeous glass bowl comes in a variety of sizes to fit your needs or to create a lovely matching set.
GEHE Bamboo Fiber Salad Bowl with Server's Set
This is a great all-in-one salad bowl---the lid becomes a cutting board and a holder for the included utensils.
Pros: Though this bowl looks and feels like lightweight plastic, it’s made from compressed bamboo, which is food-safe and chemical-free. It comes with a bamboo lid that can be flipped over and used as a cutting board when it’s not holding the included utensils. It’s a great option to take with you to work for a quick salad at lunch. It can be washed in the dishwasher on the top shelf as long as it’s not run in a heated dry cycle. Plus, this bowl is available in several cute colors.
Cons: The plastic utensils are a bit flimsy, and it’s not as big as many other options. It’s best for just one or two people.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a super convenient salad bowl, this may be a good one for you. It’s a great item for RVs or campers because it has so many extras and takes up very little space.
LAUCHUH 5-Quart Porcelain Serving Bowl for Salad
Durable, smooth, and sleek, this lovely serving bowl can be used for casual or formal occasions..
Pros: This beautiful porcelain salad bowl is safe for all your kitchen needs. It can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, used in the oven and the microwave, and cleaned in the dishwasher. Plus, it’s nice and big for serving with a flat-bottom design to keep it stable wherever you put it. It also comes with a simple set of wooden utensils.
Cons: This bowl is on the heavier side, which may make it more difficult to wash.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a large and pretty salad bowl, check out this porcelain option. It’s highly versatile. Plus, it comes with quality wooden serving utensils.
Keep your salads looking fresh and yummy in a nice-quality salad bowl. They come in many shapes, sizes, and materials to suit your needs and match the rest of your kitchen and dishware. Add a bit of pizzazz to your next party or family gathering with a salad bowl.