What are Wooden Salad Bowls Made of?

Wooden salad bowls are a common sight in most kitchens, and they are a popular option because of their durability and rustic appearance. In this article, we'll be discussing what wooden salad bowls are made of, and the reasons behind the popularity of wooden salad bowls.

Types of Wood Used for Salad Bowls

Wooden salad bowls are made from various types of wood - this depends on the manufacturer and the type of wood available at the time.

There are wide ranges of wood that are used to make wooden salad bowls like hardwoods, such as maple, cherry, and walnut, while others are made from softwoods like pine or cedar.

Each has its distinct grain patterns and coloration which can suit various aesthetic preferences.

Durability and Hardwood Usage

Hardwoods are often preferred over softwoods because they are denser and more durable which makes them long-lasting. Hardwoods like maple and cherry have tight grains that make them resistant to moisture, scratches, and dents, which is an important quality when it comes to kitchenware. However, they may be more expensive than their softwood counterparts.

handmade wooden salad bowl

Benefits of Wooden Salad Bowls

Wood is naturally antibacterial, which helps to prevent bacterial growth when the bowls are used for serving food. Wood has microscopic air pockets that self-clean and push moisture away, giving wood its unique antibacterial properties, which makes it a preferred material for the kitchen. Wooden bowls also won’t easily shatter or break like other materials.

Eco-Friendliness of Wooden Bowls

Wooden bowls are an environmentally friendly option as long as the wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests. They require less energy to produce, and wooden bowls also can be repurposed, reused, or recycled, which contributes to a circular economy of consumption.

Aesthetics and Versatility

Many people also prefer the warm appearance and unique touch of wood and enjoy that each piece is unique, unlike other mass-produced materials. Wooden salad bowls are also versatile and can be used for a variety of dishes, from salads to pasta to fruit bowls. They can also be used as decorative centerpieces to add warmth and interest to any dining/kitchen setting.

Care and Maintenance

Wooden bowls require some level of maintenance. You should avoid putting them in the dishwasher as the heat and moisture can cause them to split or warp over time. They should be hand washed with mild soap and warm water, and regularly oiled or waxed to maintain their finish.


In conclusion, wooden salad bowls are made from various types of wood like hardwoods and softwoods.

People often choose wooden salad bowls because of their durability, natural antibacterial properties, and eco-friendly nature. Also, wood is an aesthetically pleasing material that can add a touch of warmth to any kitchen.


Can I use any type of oil on my wooden bowl?

It's recommended to use food-grade mineral oil or a mix of mineral oil and beeswax for food purposes, vegetable oils or others that can go rancid must be avoided.

How long can I expect my wooden salad bowl to last?

two wooden bowls

With proper care and usage, a well-maintained wooden salad bowl can last for many years or even generations.

Can I microwave it to warm food or sterilize it?

No, putting the wooden bowl in the microwave can be very damaging to the bowl.

It can cause the bowl to split and crack or even catch fire.

Wooden items are not microwave friendly.

Can you use a wooden salad bowl for hot dishes?

It's not recommended to use wooden salad bowls for hot or acidic foods, as the heat and acidity can discolor the wood and cause it to wear down prematurely

Is it better to have a wooden or plastic salad bowl?

It depends on your preferences and needs. Wooden bowls are environmentally friendly, durable, and have a warm appearance, while plastic bowls are less expensive, lightweight, and require less maintenance.

Author - Olivia Poglianich
Olivia Poglianich          

Content Strategist

Olivia Poglianich is a nomadic brand strategist and copywriter in the wooden crafts and 3D product design space who has worked with brands such as Visa, Disney and Grey Goose. Her writing has taken her all over the world, from a Serbian music festival to a Malaysian art and culture event. Olivia is a graduate of Cornell University and is often writing or reading about travel, hospitality, the start-up ecosystem or career coaching. Her latest interests are at the intersection of web3 and communal living, both on and offline.


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