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Leaf salads, fresh vegetables, potatoes, cheese cubes or sprouts - with salads, everything goes into one bowl! You can serve them as a fresh side dish or as a real filling meal. To help you decide which salad bowl best suits your needs, we have compiled all the important information here in the big salad bowl guide.

Do you like salad bowls made of glass or wood? Would you like a shatterproof bowl made of melanin plastic and a salad bowl with a lid? We show you what you should look for in terms of material, size and cleaning and give answers to frequently asked questions. In this way, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best salad bowl for you.




The most important facts

  • If you want to serve salad to a large group, large salad bowls with a capacity of about five litres are suitable.
  • Salad bowls are available in a wide range of materials. Glass is tasteless and odourless, dishwasher-safe and contains no harmful substances. Stainless steel bowls are also a shatterproof alternative.
  • To take your salads with you, your bowl should have a lid. Models with handles are particularly practical for transport.

The Best Salad Bowl: Our Picks

Buying and rating criteria for salad bowls

To find the perfect salad bowl for you, we have worked out some buying criteria that you should consider when buying. These criteria include:

  • Material
  • Weight
  • Transport
  • Cleaning
  • Design

These criteria should help you compare the different models and find the perfect salad bowl. We have explained the individual criteria for you below.

Material

There are salad bowls made of many different materials. The most common are bowls made of stainless steel, plastic, glass and porcelain. In recent years, more sustainable materials such as wood and bamboo have been added. Models made of melamine are particularly popular. However, caution is advised with the latter!

Melanin-containing dishes should not be used to store acidic foods. Salads can therefore only be stored in it without dressing. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, of course. They require special care, are exceptionally festive or simply practical. Which salad bowl is right for you depends on how you want to use it.

Weight

The weight of your salad bowl depends on the material it is made of. Plastic bowls are usually a lot lighter than glass or wooden bowls. Salad bowls made of porcelain or earthenware also have a higher weight. The lightest bowls are made of melamine plastic and bamboo.

If you mainly want to use your salad bowl on the dining table at home, the bowl can weigh a little more without any problems. However, if you want to take it from barbecue to birthday buffet and school bazaar, a lighter material is suitable.

Transport

If you are looking for a salad bowl whose delicious contents are to be transported to different occasions, you should pay particular attention to these aspects. This will ensure that your salad reaches its destination safely.

  • Weight: In order to be able to transport the salad bowl easily, the tare weight of the bowl should be as low as possible.
  • Handles: A salad bowl with handles, or at least a handle bar, is easier to hold and carry.
  • Lid: A lid that closes drip-proof in the best case prevents dressing stains in the boot and on clothing.
  • Shock resistance: To ensure that the salad bowl can safely bring its contents to its destination, it must be shock and break resistant.

Not many salad bowls meet all these criteria. However, if you are looking for a salad bowl to transport frequently, it should meet at least three. If your salad bowl of choice does, the only thing standing in the way of your next picnic at the lake with a fresh salad is the weather.

Cleaning

How your salad bowl needs to be cleaned depends mainly on the material. Most salad bowls are dishwasher safe. However, festive salad bowls made of high-quality porcelain should be cleaned carefully by hand to prevent breakage.

Glass bowls can be polished with a soft cloth after washing to prevent water marks. Wooden salad bowls should not be put in the dishwasher and require special care. Depending on their condition, they may need to be oiled regularly and care must be taken when storing them to avoid possible mould growth. Wooden bowls must be stored in a dry place.

Design

Last but not least, it's all in the eye! Especially with a comparatively simple piece of tableware, such as a salad bowl, the design is often decisive. If your new salad bowl is to serve salad on your own table, it should match the rest of your tableware.

However, this does not mean that it necessarily has to be the same colour. If you are looking for a salad bowl for transport, functionality is usually more important than design. In accordance with the many materials and shapes, the design possibilities of a salad bowl are extremely comprehensive. Whether you prefer rustic, festive, simple, modern, brightly coloured or simply practical is entirely up to you.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about salad bowls answered in detail

In the following, we have answered the most frequently asked questions about salad bowls. In this way, we want to make your decision even easier and also answer your questions.

How big should my salad bowl be?

Bowl sizes are given in diameter or capacity. The size of your salad bowl depends on how much salad you want to serve in it. Questions to help with this decision include: Is the salad the main course or a side dish? How many people are you cooking for? In the case of a long table with many guests or a buffet, larger bowls are generally suitable. Of course, it is also possible to serve several salads in different bowls. For large portions, however, the bowl should have a capacity of at least five litres.

Many different bowls are suitable for a salad buffet. This way, a wide variety of salads can be offered. (Image source: Tim Meyer / unsplash)

If you are setting a modern festive table and prefer individual salad bowls instead of classic salad plates, these should hold at least 0.3 litres (small tip: salad bowls belong to the left of the place setting). For a cosy dinner for two, with a salad as a side dish, the salad bowl should hold about 1.5 litres. To be prepared for every occasion, you should have different sizes in stock. If you don't have a salad bowl yet, you can buy a set with different sizes.

What types of salad bowls are there?

Apart from design and size, salad bowls differ mainly in their material. To make it easier for you to choose, we have compiled the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials here:

Material Advantages Disadvantages
Wood sustainable because it is a renewable resource, rustic-modern flair, large selection of different types of wood with different properties not dishwasher-safe, often only available without a lid, proper care necessary, mould possible if stored incorrectly
Stainless steel rust-free, robust and durable, hygienic, tasteless, dishwasher-safe small selection of designs and colours, beware if you are allergic to nickel! Surface should not show any tarnished or matt spots
Glass no interaction with other substances, harmful substances cannot pass into food, hygienic, sustainable as well recyclable, odourless and tasteless, dishwasher safe comparatively heavy, risk of breakage, susceptible to glass cracks and scratches
Porcelain, ceramic wide range of designs and colours, scratch-resistant, hygienic, porcelain in particular looks very classy comparatively heavy, risk of breakage
Melamine plastic (and bamboo) wide range of designs and colours, mostly dishwasher-safe, usually available with lid, break- and shock-resistant not suitable for microwave ovens, as hazardous melamine and formaldehyde can be released above 70 degrees, no prolonged storage of acidic foods (beware, salad dressing often contains vinegar!)

Salad bowls made of bamboo very often also contain melamine resins, which means that increased caution is also required with these at high temperatures. Which material is best for your salad bowl ultimately depends on your preferences and future salads. In addition, salad bowls differ in their additives. Many models have lids, some also have handles for practical transport. There are even models with integrated salad servers and bowl sets that include several bowls in different sizes, lids or strainers.

What does a salad bowl cost?

Due to the enormous variety of salad bowls, the price range is quite large. At discounters or some home furnishing shops, there are already models starting at 3 €. For bowls from traditional porcelain manufactories or special designer pieces, sometimes over 400 euros are demanded.

Art Price
Wooden salad bowl 9 to 50 €
Stainless steel salad bowl 5 to 50 €
Glass salad bowl 10 to 200 €
Porcelain salad bowl 20 to 1000 €
Ceramic salad bowl 10 to 100 €
Plastic salad bowl 5 to 50 €

When deciding which salad bowl to buy, you should consider how much robustness, design and practicality are worth to you. It is worth having one bowl for home use and one for transporting salads.

Conclusion

Salad bowls are irreplaceable in every kitchen. They differ in size, the material they are made of, their weight and design. To find the perfect salad bowl for you from the variety of different models, you need to know what you want to use it for.

Light salad bowls with lids are particularly suitable for transport, while elegant porcelain models are ideal for festive tables. Wooden bowls require special care and those containing melanin resins should not be heated in the microwave or used to store acidic foods.

(Image source: Pille Riin Priske / unsplash)

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