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Five of the best salad bowls

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Bamboo

We love the elegant simplicity of Habitat’s Tova salad bowl. Its natural rolled bamboo interior is finished in a vivid emerald green lacquer – ideal for adding a pop of colour to a white tablecloth. It’s roomy enough to accommodate a generous green salad (or, who are we kidding, a party-sized bag of crisps). £20, Habitat

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Ceramic

Heal’s splashed its ‘1810 Ink’ pattern (named after the year the brand was established) over this wide, glazed bowl in a nod to Delft porcelain and mid-century Midwinter ceramics. The stripes make it relaxed enough for everyday dining, but the crisp pop of blue on white elevates it into something out of the ordinary. £20, Heal’s

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Earthenware

There’s something pleasingly offbeat about Ikea’s Tillfälle glazed blue and white earthenware bowl which perches jauntily on top of a heatproof cord stand, like a ’50s cartoon spaceship. It literally elevates the bowl into a centrepiece, displaying bread, fruit or salad beautifully. £19.50, Ikea

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Wood

John Lewis’ wooden salad bowl is reassuringly familiar, probably because it’s based on the ’70s original, which could be found in kitchens up and down the country. Crafted from a single piece of acacia wood, its plain curves and generous proportions prove that good design never dates. £40, John Lewis

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Melamine

Of course you could serve up leafy greens in M&S’s ‘Peru’ salad bowl, but surely that vivid fuchsia would look even better filled to the brim with popcorn? Durable, lightweight melamine makes it perfect for picnics, and the exuberant floral design will bring a festive air to the greyest English summer’s day. £8, M&S

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