Why chop ingredients for a salad on a cutting board only to transfer it to a serving bowl, especially when you could do it all in the same place? That’s the question Tyler Florence wants to address with his new collection of Salad Boards. The tools-turned-servingware double as a cutting board on one side and a shallow serving dish on the other. We asked him to talk about the story behind his design, and why salad is so much better when it’s served on a platter.
WS: Okay, so, tell us: What’s so great about salad on a platter?
Tyler Florence: Typically when you make a salad, you put all the ingredients in a bowl, add the dressing, mix it up, and what happens? All of the good stuff ends up on the bottom of the bowl! All you see is the very top layer of the salad that you worked so hard to prepare. By layering on the Salad Board you can see all the beautiful ingredients, and you don’t have gravity weighing down the delicate produce.
WS: Where did your idea for the concept of a salad board come from?
TF: The idea of the Salad Board came when we were writing our last cookbook, Inside the Test Kitchen. We were testing out the Chicken Waldorf Salad and had just chopped all the ingredients together on a large cutting board. The salad looked so beautiful spread out that we just decided to dress and shoot it right on the board! I liked the presentation so much that I’ve been serving my salads at home that way ever since.
WS: The two-sided feature makes it that much more special. Why did you decide to make a two-sided board?
TF: I want everything in the kitchen to serve more than one purpose. Space is at such a premium in kitchens that having multiuse items to free up space is essential.
The Salad Board is such a beautiful serving piece as well. It’s carved from 100 percent sustainably harvested North American walnut, and is made here in the United States. Use the flat side for preparing all your ingredients, and the curved side for serving everything from a salad to a roast. And because of the curved design you never have to worry about your dressing or sauces running onto the table!