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Five of the best salad bowls



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



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



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



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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