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Salad - in a bowl or on a plate?

fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 01:52 PM

Just out of curiosity - do you prefer your salad in a bowl or on a plate? I am a recent convert from bowl to plate. Especially for meal-sized salads I find it's easier to get to the ingredients because the heavier ones don't fall to the bottom.

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    jeanmarieok May 18, 2013 01:58 PM

    Bowl for me. Sometimes with a plate, I push food off the edge. Our bowls are more like soup plates, so wide and flat, but with an edge for leverage.

    1. LindaWhit May 18, 2013 01:59 PM

      Depends - if I'm making an "arranged" salad - greens, slices of chicken, mango, red bell peppers, etc., I want it plated. If it's a regular "tossed salad", a bowl is fine.

      1. ipsedixit May 18, 2013 02:10 PM


        If it's a Caesar, Chef's, Niçoise or a Lyonnaise then it's got to be a plate.

        For something like larb, Panzanella, egg salad, chicken salad, coleslaw, potato salad, bean salad, or Tabbouleh then a bowl is fine.

        1. tcamp May 18, 2013 02:22 PM

          Depends. If served with dinner as a side, then generally right on the dinner plate. If salad is the meal, I use wide, shallow bowls.

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            lagatta May 18, 2013 03:53 PM

            An "assiette creuse" (soup dish), the kind of very shallow bowl or deep plate one serves pasta in, would do for quite a variety of salads.

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              splatgirl May 18, 2013 10:30 PM

              Yes! Quite possibly the most used type of dish in my stash. They work better than a plate OR a bowl for so many things.

          2. letsindulge May 18, 2013 03:03 PM

            Plate for a composed salad, otherwise wide bowl for tossed variety.

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              brucesw May 19, 2013 07:21 AM

              + 1

              Well, maybe not a wide bowl but a bowl.

            2. Chemicalkinetics May 18, 2013 03:33 PM

              Depends of the volume. If it is just a light appetizer, then I prefer on a plate. If it is a large size meal, then I prefer in a bowl.

              1. Veggo May 18, 2013 04:07 PM

                Up to 4 ingredients, salad plate. More than 4, bowl.

                1. gingershelley May 18, 2013 04:13 PM

                  I was gifted these really big 'Ceasar" salad bowls that match my everyday china; about 81/2" across, shallowish - about 3 1/2" deep, that are awesome for a big side salad or main dish salad. I have 4 of these.

                  My rabbit food doesn't push away from my fork, and even the heavy stuff is close enough to find. Perfect:)

                  1. helen_m May 18, 2013 04:21 PM

                    I think I prefer bowls. We usually make a salad to share then serve ourselves at the table. So I guess we actually eat it from a plate!

                    1. grampart May 18, 2013 07:45 PM

                      Either one works for me, but the salad kebab is the way to go.

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                        fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 07:52 PM

                        Creativity, I like.

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                        HillJ May 19, 2013 07:49 AM

                        Plate if the salad is the main course; bowl if it's a side. Tall glass if it's a salad shooter with cocktails and right out of the frig bin if I'm truly starving.

                        1. GraydonCarter May 19, 2013 11:03 PM

                          Some chef on TV said you should always serve a salad on a plate, and I've enjoyed a beautiful side salad with mixed greens, walnuts, and dried cranberries - lightly tossed and served on a plate. However, for a "big salad" - something I'd make at home, I don't see how you can tolerate chasing the leaves around on a plate.

                          1. Pandageddon May 20, 2013 12:20 AM

                            A plate is lovely for visual presentation, but my go-to method is in a bowl, eaten with a fork - you can hunt n' stab all those bottom bits.

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