My diet may veer more towards “raccoon” than “rabbit,” but I am actually an enthusiastic salad consumer. It’s not because I’m a large fan of eating things that are good for me, nay; it’s because a good salad is a perfect combination of tastes and textures. And to best take advantage of the fresh flavour parade, salads should be consumed from very large mixing bowls.
“But Claire,” you type, “I have definitely seen you put salad on a plate.” That is because food is easier to photograph when it is on a plate, but big bowls are where it’s at, eating-wise. Once the glamour shots were snapped, I scraped this salad right back into a mixing bowl before eating it, and it was the right choice.
Eating salad from a large mixing bowl is the best for a few reasons. Firstly, if you’re eating salad as a meal, you’re going to want a lot of it. Salads are best eaten in large volumes, and a small bowl just won’t hold the amount you crave. Unlike dumb, flat plates, mixing bowls have high, sloped walls, which keep the slippery, vinaigrette-coated bits in the bowl. A plate doesn’t have any walls, meaning vegetables and such can just go flying about, unchecked. Obviously I am capable of eating things from a plate without spilling everything on the floor, but a large mixing bowl just makes this easier and less awkward, and I’m always trying to reduce the awkwardness in my life.
Using a large mixing bowl also cuts down on dishes you have to wash; just toss and chomp, friends! Toss and chomp. Honestly, unless you are sharing, why would you make a thing in one bowl and then transfer it to another bowl? The bowl maths just doesn’t add up, and I heard you were good at maths. Finally, eating from a large mixing bowl lets you see what’s going on in there, letting you shuffle, redistribute, and remix the ingredients as needed, crafting perfect bites to the very end. And what, I ask you, is the point of a salad, if not to enjoy perfect bites?