Our Guide to the Best Salad Bowls

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We'll walk you through everything there is to know about this kitchen staple.

Few foods scream “summer” quite like a freshly tossed salad. And whether you’re cooking for one or your entire family, you’re going to need the right vessel to serve your masterpiece. That’s why we’re breaking down everything you need to know about salad bowls. We’ll introduce you to different materials, sizes, sets and more.

Need inspiration? Get started with our roundup of summer salads.

Types of Salad Bowls

One of the most important factors to consider when buying a salad bowl is its material. Wooden salad bowls are popular, as are glass, ceramic, porcelain and melamine.

Before choosing a material, consider the different ways you might use your salad bowl. Enjoy eating outside? Opt for a melamine or wooden salad bowl that’s light and easy to carry. Planning on hosting fancy parties? Porcelain or ceramic can give you that sophisticated look. And if you’re looking for a simple, multi-purpose bowl that can be used for more than just salads, glass is the way to go.

If you’re looking for soup bowls, some of the same qualities apply.

Our Favorite Types of Salad Bowls

Salad Bowl Sizes

Once you’ve decided on a material, the next step is determining your salad bowl’s size. There are two common varieties: small and large salad bowls. Small bowls are for eating the salad, while large bowls are perfect for tossing and serving the salad.

Before you buy, pay attention to each bowl’s capacity. Small bowls should be able to hold, at minimum, 1 cup of salad. Large bowls have a little more wiggle room, greatly dependent on how many people you’ll be serving. We recommend a bowl that can hold between 2 and 5 quarts of salad.

Oh, and if you’re looking to save space? Collapsible bowls are a great option. After you’re done serving, these sneaky bowls shrink down to a narrow disc!

Psst! These side salads go with any meal. 

Our Favorite Salad Bowl Sizes

Salad Bowl Sets

If you’re looking to save money, a salad bowl set may be your best option. These products typically come with bonus features like stackable storage or serving utensils. Just make sure the added features are perks you’ll actually use. There’s no point in shelling out an extra $10 for a set with serving tongs if you already own a pair.

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Our Favorite Salad Bowl Sets

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.