The art of serving salad starts with stylish bowls and serving cutlery

Salad bowls and set for entertainingI want to take about serving ware today. They are an important part of entertaining. Since I think that any fine dinner should finish with a salad, here are some suggestions to equip you.

The salad: before or after the main course

In the United States and even in Canada, the salad course is often taken before the main course. But the rules of fine entertaining specify that the salad course comes after the main course just before the cheese plate and the desserts.

Being a French Canadian, I learned to be flexible about both rules. When you go to a nice restaurant or you entertain friends, I encourage you to follow the established rules of fine dining. Eating your salad after the main course is a healthier habit. The rumor says that the salad course improves the digestion of the main course.

Six choices of salad bowls and servers

My selections are for the discriminating customers. These salad bowls and salad servers will all make wonderful wedding gifts.

Wood is the ultimate material for serving salads. The look is great, natural and adds a traditional touch to your table. You can find models with a modern edge if it is what you want. A wood salad service set is something you need to get at some point. It is an investment but a well-made one will last you a life time.

Starting from the top left, you got the David Rocco Olive Wood collection. This exclusive line is imported from Italy. I read that the serving vessels and utensils exude a familiar, fragrant oily aroma. Every bowl has a slightly different rise and fall rim. The small olive bowl starts at $290 CAD.

The Scandinavian line of Sagaform is trendier. Beside the style, what amazes me about the Sagaform Tapas collection is how complete is the product line. The range stretches from service plates, trivets, trays to storage jars, bowls and even a neat picnic trunk with an eating table. The collection mix glass and white stoneware with acacia wood.

two-toned salad servers by Normann Copenhagen

Then, I propose you two definitely modern salad sets. I first found at uncommon goods this sleek Orange Ebe Salad Serving Set for $115 USD. Designed by Romain Vauchez, you will appreciate the convenience and stay-fresh capabilities of this salad set for indoor dinner parties and barbecues. If you are willing to wait one to three weeks for delivery, Unica Home lets you choose between a dark orange, green, light blue, off-white or black lid.

Made by Alessi, designed by Design Franco Sargiani and Eija Helander in 1975, I think this piece will please the modernist home owners. This salad set is modular and the pieces can be used separately in several ways. The fact that everything fitted in the tray made it handy to store. Be sure to give it to someone that appreciates the International style because it costs $334 USD at Hive, the Portland modern store.

I finished with two choices available at Crate & Barrel. They are my affordable options. You see them at the top right sides of my montage.

If you are just looking for salad servers, take a look at the Lettuce Play article published on the July issue of Living etc magazine. The two-toned salad set by Normann Copenhagen is my favorite for casual entertaining and daily use. I like the horn styled fork. It costs £24.50 at Panik Design.

Learn more: David Rocco’s Olive Wood Salad Tongs and Medium Bowl
Buy online: Ebe Salad Serving Set in orange at uncommongoods
Buy online: Magppie – ebe salad bowl by Romain Vauchez at Unica Home
Buy online: programma 8 – set for salad at hive
Buy online: Float Salad Servers at Crate & Barrel
Buy online: Acacia Salad Set at Crate & Barrel
Buy online: Sagaform collection at Macy’s
Buy online: Normann Copenhagen Salad Set at Panik Design

  • Jenn
    July 10, 2007 at 12:43

    I have to serve the salad before the main course or else no one ends up eatting the salad. Trying to get my husband and the men in my family to eat greens is like trying to get them to eat a bug! Not happening… therefore my salad before the main course rule automatically applies to dinner parties as well.

    so sad. I really love the wooden salad bowls. The raw one looks great!

  • At Home with kim vallee
    July 10, 2007 at 14:57

    I am lucky, my husband like eating salad too.

  • steamy kitchen
    July 17, 2007 at 22:03

    I wish I had those wooden bowls! I’m going through your site looking for inspiration for table setting ideas. Want to create a beautiful table for the photoshoot on Fri!