About: A salad bowl or tossed salad is a metaphor for the way a multicultural society can integrate different cultures while maintaining their separate identities, contrasting with a melting pot, which emphasizes the combination of the parts into a single whole.
Detail: In the UK, where cultural diversity is considered a positive thing, immigrants have always been encouraged to maintain their traditions and their native language.
This model of racial integration can be described as a salad bowl, with people of different cultures living in harmony, like the lettuce, tomatoes and carrots in a salad.
Both salad bowl and melting models of multicultural societies have contradictory aspects:
In a melting pot there is no cultural diversity and sometimes differences are not respected; in a salad bowl cultures do not mix at all.