17 Stunning Salad Servers for Those Times When Kitchen Tongs Won’t Cut It

Lauren Joseph
·4 min read

I’m here to talk about salad servers because I’m dreaming of a better salad life. As I write this, I am yet again eating my lunch straight out of the serving bowl—and the only utensil in sight is a fork. These days, I mostly consume salads desk-side, and they mainly consist of last night’s leftovers plopped on top of lettuce. Each time I eat another sad salad, I dream of a beautifully made salad: massaged kale tossed with torn mozzarella, sturdy greens served atop a swoosh of hummus, crisp cucumber half-moons dressed in lime juice. All those proper salads deserve proper tongs. And, as much as I love my Oxo kitchen tongs, I don’t mean those.

Here, I’m talking about beautiful tongs. The ones that, in addition to working to efficiently coat each leaf in vinaigrette, will look stunning on a dinner table. In my search for the ideal pair, I learned there there are a zillion styles of salad serving utensils out there: the classic paddle-like wood ones, sleek stainless-steel claws, marbled resin numbers, and beyond. Here are the best-looking sets in a variety of styles, for your very best-looking (and tasting) salads, whether you’re digging in at your desk or—someday—enjoying with company at the table.

Tongs

If you’re partial to Oxo kitchen tongs for tossing your salads, opt for a gussied up version for serving.

The handles on these Nambé servers make them technically scissors, not tongs—but they’re stunning. Of course, they’re great for serving salad, but they also make an excellent serving utensil for doling out chicken thighs, firm fish fillets, and vegetables.

Nambé Salad Scissors

$35.00, Amazon

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These simple, curved stainless-steel salad tongs don’t look like they belong in a cafeteria.

Cuisipro Salad Tongs

$18.00, Amazon

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Casa Bugatti tongs also come in orange, blue, and fuchsia, or with mixed-metal hardware and a sleek monochrome handle.

Casa Bugatti Kiss Salad Tongs

$45.00, Amazon

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Claws or hands

The best salad hands are big enough that you can carefully lift a big spoonful of greens and crunchy mix-ins without smushing anything.

These teak servers are so big, you could almost use for them racket sports—and I happen to love that about them.

Teak Wood Salad Servers

$40.00, Sur La Table

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Modernist hands like these would look right at home in a sleek white-tiled kitchen.

Stainless-Steel Salad Hands

$12.00, Amazon

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These elegant, rich cherrywood hands are ideal for gently clasping delicate greens.

Cherry Wood Salad Hands

$19.00, Amazon

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The classic scoop-and-spear servers

Oversized fork-and-spoon combinations often come in clunky wood, but I prefer the metal versions, which add a little shine to the table and tend to be more versatile for serving dishes beyond salad.

This kingly set of copper servers is sure to dress up the table.

Handmade Copper Salad Servers

$32.00, Etsy

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Playful Italian-made aqua servers from Guzzini are virtually indestructible—and they’re dishwasher-safe.

Guzzini Salad Servers

$17.00, Amazon

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These elegant Georg Jensen salad servers are nimble enough to serve a variety of side dishes.

Georg Jensen Salad Servers

$87.00, Farfetch

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Hand-forged brass and intricate detailing set these salad servers apart from the lot. They’d look especially excellent with a smooth wood salad bowl, like this handmade one from Etsy.

Hand-Forged Brass Salad Servers

$32.00, Etsy

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This no-nonsense spoon and fork set is ideal for the streamlined kitchen—and only costs $10.

Foxas Salad Servers

$10.00, Amazon

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This French Art Deco set was designed for salad—but I’d also use the fork alongside a carving knife and the spoon with just about any saucy dish.

Vintage French Art Decor Salad Servers

$60.00, Etsy

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These prettily curved Laguiole servers are tough enough for indoor-outdoor dining and have a family-heirloom look about them.

French Home Laguiole Connoisseur Salad Servers

$49.00, Sur La Table

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Yes, leather wrapping means no dishwasher for these beauties—but salad servers this lovely might be a worthy exception to the no hand-wash rule.

CB2 Osorio Leather Wrapped Salad Servers

$29.00, CB2

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Dramatically proportioned, saucer-like salad servers will zhuzh up your table.

CB2 Porter Gold Salad Servers

$30.00, CB2

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The two-spoons approach

These spoon sets are expensive, yes—but they’d both make for unique and lasting gifts. (Particularly if you paired them with your favorite new cookbook—here are some ideas.)

Dinosaur Designs, an Australian designer specializing in sculptural resin jewelry, also dabbles in homewares. These gorgeous marbled servers are stunning enough to be left out on your open shelf.

Dinosaur Designs Stone Marbled-Resin Salad Servers

$129.00, Matches Fashion

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These ultramodern, very gift-ready (and splurgy) disk servers are like high-design pizza cutters, in a good way.

Antrei Hartikainen Taite Oak and Steel Salad Servers

$123.00, Finnish Design Shop

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Originally Appeared on Epicurious