Summer might be winding down but somehow the weather has other plans. When it still feels like 90 degrees with crushing humidity to match at 8pm, the only logical choice for a stove-free dinner is a big salad. Made with whatever’s in season at the farmer’s market and dressed with good olive oil, it’s the type of thing you can throw together whether you’re feeding yourself (I’ve definitely housed down a giant bowl while watching reruns on the couch) or a few friends.
Of course, you’ll want a proper bowl that’ll fit all massaged greens and delicious proteins. Like any sort of tableware or serving platter you should consider both looks and practicality. A good bowl is durable enough to stand up to mixing utensils and acidic dressings, but still looks nice enough that you don’t feel like you’re eating out of a giant mixing bowl (although to be fair there is one on this list that’s having a moment.)
Read on for our 15 favorites, ranging from standard wooden salad bowls that are the perfect backdrop for traditional greens or warm salads to unexpected acrylic or shell materials for the design-inclined.
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A Sturdy Outdoor Salad Bowl
A sleek salad bowl is great for entertaining and hosting al-fresco dinner parties, but the last thing you want is a bunch of shattered ceramic or glass. Luckily this
one is made from durable polycarbonate, so it can take a few hits without being destroyed. Snag the smoky onyx color to create an air of mystery around your salads, or go for white or transparent for a more traditional table spread.
An Unexpected Set of Serving Bowls
Most people envision gentle sloping curves when they think of a salad bowl’s silhouette, but these Italian-made bowls have a flat base and a wide, raised lip that catches errant cherry tomatoes or drips of dressing. Whip these out when serving a summery stone fruit caprese, or as an unexpected vessel for oiled and massaged hearty greens.
The Crowd Favorite Ceramic Bowl
Look, our team really, really, really loves ceramics, so trust us when we say that East Fork’s bowls are thee It-Bowl that will impress all your friends and guests. East Fork’s pottery vessels are handcrafted in Asheville, North Carolina and are dishwasher and microwave safe, so not only are they’re beautiful to look at but they’re easy to clean up too.
An Ornate Conversation Piece
This salad bowl made with Capiz shell and ceramic is nothing short of stunning, and it’s sure to capture the attention of your guests. The huge volume of the bowl is great for entertaining crowds, but be sure to pay extra care to the internal gold plating when dishing out greens. It’s safe to eat out of but get some soft wooded servers, so you don’t scratch it up.
An Everlasting Piece of Summer
If you’re already dreading the upcoming colder temps and other markings of Autumn, this salad bowl will be your reminder of brighter days, and ultra-juicy in-season fruit.
A Salad-y Salad Bowl
Of course, should you be looking to pay homage to your favorite greens in a more literal way, a cabbage earthenware bowl ought to do the trick.
A Sleek Bowl With Integrated Servers
Salad servers always tend to fall out of their respective bowl, leaving trails of shredded kale and dressing in their wake. This elegant bowl has an integrated slot for wooden servers, so everything will stay in place for mess-free plating.
A Perfectly Transparent Salad Bowl
This lead-free crystal salad bowl with pewter accents is excellent for showing off your meal. Yes, it’s a bit on the expensive side, but it’s a hefty investment piece for people who are really committed to buying grown up dinnerware.
A Sustainably Made Mango Wood Bowl
These bowls might also be on the more pricey side but for good reason: they’re sustainably made from a single pieces of mango wood grown in protected groves. The producer believes in only making small amounts of these so if you’re looking for an eco-conscious bowl, this is the one to get.
A Slightly Goth Set
Punk and emo aesthetics are having a moment again (see: Olivia Rodriguo and Willow’s latest albums), so it’s only a matter of time before it bleeds into your tableware and dining room decor. Get a head start on the trend with this black-stained mango wood bowl that comes with matching servers.
A Gem-Inspired Bowl For Gem Lettuce Salads
This jewel-shaped salad bowl lets everyone know you appreciate the finer things in life. The acrylic bowl comes in two translucent shades — red and amber — and would be the ideal centerpiece of a more glamorous dinner party spread.
A Classic Bowl That Isn’t Too Boring
This Kate Spade salad bowl is simple enough to go with everything else you own, but has just enough color to not be completely boring. There’s a fun graphic design inside the bowl to easily identify your dish in a potluck lineup, and the melamine material is both durable enough to use for summer picnics while being easy to clean.
The Influencer Bowl
I swear this acacia wood bowl seems to be following me on social media. I’ve seen table-side caesar salad, countless curated rainbows of vegetables, and more being made in bowls that look exactly like this. The rustic look of the natural wood grain will pretty much never go out of style, so this salad bowl is one with staying power.
The Ultilitarian Trendsetter
Look, there are many fancier salad bowls that are sure to impress guests whenever you break it out to toss some greens, but you also can’t go wrong with your standard metal mixing bowl. Their ultra-practical look is also having a bit of a moment thanks to food writer Bettina Makalintal. The best part? You’ll also be able to use all the bowls in this set for all your other cooking needs, like whisking together your own dressing or frying up some proteins for some hearty crunch in your salads.
A Bowl That Honors Tomato Season
Is there anything in life better than perfectly ripe, in-season tomatoes? Not really, so you might as well display your love of tomato szn with this incredible hand-painted salad bowl. The earthenware bowl is microwave and dishwasher safe, and is sure to be a conversation starter at your next potluck or dinner party.