Food & Drink

25 Beautiful Summer Salad Bowls

Serve up large or light summery salads al fresco in these easy-on-the-eye bowls.

Whether it’s a deliciously simple salad of lemon-drenched rocket with a few shavings of parmesan; a transporting Greek salad; a gossamer-light sweet medley with fruit to balance the flavour; or a heartier affair featuring pasta, cold potatoes or crunchy croutons: when it comes to salad, the serving bowl can be utterly transformative to the repast (plastic containers be gone).

At no time more than the present have we ever been keener to be whisked away in our imaginations and via our tables to sun-dappled tavernas, trattorias and light lunches washed down with a carafe of cold white wine. When serving up a salad outside – or, even better, a selection of salads – we find we are diverse in our tastes of bowl or platter. We love a rusticity that speak of long Italian lunches in olive groves, but we’re also just as partial to the kind of spare white ceramic simplicity that transports us to the chic tables of France. And then there are the clean lines of Scandinavian renditions, plus the fuss-free enamel affairs that recall camping trips (albeit those at the more aesthetic end of the spectrum).

And if you’re looking for recipe inspiration, why not try one of these crunchy, fruity numbers, or these beautiful summery ideas? Happy al fresco lunching, from us to you.

By Nancy Alsop
July 2020


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David Mellor

Liam O’Neill Round Bowl 22.5cm, £68


Pillivuyt Footed Salad Bowl No. 7 - 19.5c, £30

Central Living

Nomade Salad Bowl, Small, £49.95

Freight HHG

Bone China Balancing Bowl, £54


Sawyer Orange Reactive Glazed Stoneware Salad Bowl D30cm, NOW £24

The Conran Shop

Dip Deep Salad Bowl, Cobalt and Cream 24cm, £75

Sophie Conran

Colour Pop Sunshine Statement Bowl, NOW £50.40

Summerill & Bishop

Emilie Salad Bowl By Astier De Villatte, £235


Band Green Salad Bowl, £29

Labour & Wait

Marbled Enamel Salad Bowl in Burgundy, NOW £18

By The Line Pottery

Porcelain Shallow Serving Dish, £30


Indus Wooden Bowl, NOW £23.96


Medium Salad Bowl in Pink Wash, £69

Rockett St George

Authentic Tamegroute Salad Bowl - 28cm, £65


Blockprint Melamine Serving Bowl, £24

Harvey Nichols

Jonathan Adler1948° Salad Bowl, £148


Hans Wegner PP586 Fruit Bowl, 1956, £2,045


Forte Bowl by XL Boom, £19

No 1 Lewes

19th-century Meat Pot, POA

AG Hendy & Co

Salad Bowl, £6.50

John Lewis

John Lewis & Partners Harbour Striped Salad Bowl, White/Blue, Dia.25cm, £25


Mediterreaneo Salad Bowl, from £113

The White Company

Large Glass Satsuma Bowl, £50

Pentreath and Hall

Splatterware Large Serving Bowl, £72


Tom Crew Pedestal Bowls, from £75

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