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'Salad Bowl' / 'Herb Bowl' Planter

Some years ago my daughters gave me a salad bowl like this for mother's day. Cool idea. They even found this large wooden spoon and fork at our local thrift store, you know the kind that used to hang on our kitchen walls in the 70's era. Ever since then I have kept up the tradition and filled the bowl up with salad fixings every spring. These bowls are a pretty and useful addition to our deck, as well as a conversation piece.

This year I decided to add a herb bowl. Very handy to have these planters on the deck close to the kitchen door. A quick snip here and there and you have a salad and a vinaigrette made from your herbs, vinegar, and oils.

Find your favorite herbs at the greenhouse to place in your 'bowl'. You can also start from seeds, I prefer buying the plants so I can start using the herbs right away.

This salad came from the first pickings of the 'salad bowl' and I used some of the herbs for the zingy vinaigrette.
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red grapefruit infused olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcesteshire sauce.
  1. Whisk ingredients together and drizzle over salad.
  2. Yield: enough vinaigrette for 2 plates of salad.

These are some of my favorite vinegar and oils I like using purchased at our local Prairie Oils & Vinegar store.


  1. A really good place to buy herbs to plant out here in the UK is at the supermarket. Living pots of herbs that can then be popped into a planter. I love growing salad leaves, my lil man really enjoys watering and looking after them. How lovely that your girls started a tradition you've kept up. Sammie x

  2. I love finding 'containers' at the flea market for my gardening.
    A salad bowl! What a great idea! I am going to be on the look out-

    Enjoyed visiting,

  3. This is such a great idea! This year I transplanted my mints into patio containers, only because they are so invasive in my herb bed, but I really like how they look. Salads in containers would be awesome too! Don't you just love those infused oils for salad dressings!? I never buy ready made salad dressing anymore.

  4. what a great idea, and those oils and vinegars sound delicious,

  5. I recently enjoyed a grapefruit vingerette at a restrauant and am trying to recreate this delicious salad topping! I had not hear of grapefruit infused olive oil! I am off to search! Thank you!

  6. What a great gift idea and thank you for the vinaigrette recipe.

  7. I have never seen such a collection of oils. What a great find. I have never heard of the store either out west

  8. I enjoyed your salad and herbs for supper tonight. Delightful, Betty.


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