Traditional hardwoods are the best choice for chopped salad bowls. You won't see stained wooden bowls ever on our web site, in our store or on our retailers' shelves. We prefer an all natural, food-safe finish, especially when you will be chopping greens and ingredients in your bowl that you will be eating.
The best wood for wooden bowls used for chopped salad is Cherry, Black Walnut or Maple. From time to time, inexperienced wooden bowl turners will use beech (plain Jane semi hardwood) tarted up with light or dark stain. Looks fine out of the box but after several chopped salads or Caesar salads you will be asking yourself "what did I do wrong?" You messed up in the beginning, starting with the wrong wood bowl.
Staining wooden bowls makes them look a bit more interesting. If you're looking for a working kitchen wooden bow,l never choose stained. Stained wooden bowls, NOT RECOMMENDED as MOST stains are not food safe. The act of chopping will send the stain into your food and the chopping mars the stain. Complaints are frequent.
Please do not substitute a bamboo bowl for hardwood if you're looking for the best wooden chopped salad bowl. Glue is used in all bamboo cutting boards and wooden bowls. The glue is not food safe. In fact, bamboo is in the grass family not a tree species. It grows fast, is easily replaced and is green. The truth is that the grass is harvested, pounded into a pulp and glue is added as part of the final step of pressing the pulp into "wood."