First of all, I love that the salad set is made of recycled materials, is BPA free, and is made in the U.S. The salad bowl, plate, serving spoon and fork, and faux veggies are heavy duty plastic and are machine washable - a big plus.
What I don't understand is why the salt, pepper, oil and vinegar "containers" are made of cardboard. This toy set shows that children as young as 24 months can play with it. Children that young immediately put everything in their mouth and if something is made of cardboard, guess what happens? Disintegrated toy. Plus these little cardboard doohickies are not the easiest things to put together (you have to fold, insert tabs, and tape). I never was able to figure out the top of the oil and vinegar "containers" and I feel like I am at least a little mechanically inclined. And of course, no instructions. It would have cost pennies, I would imagine, to make these containers from plastic and had the whole set be extra durable.
Also, I would have made this with two plates rather than one. If you are making a salad, you usually want to sit down and eat with someone else.
So - the heavy duty salad prep items and vegs get 4 stars (would have been 5 stars with another plate). The cardboard items get a big thumbs down and 1 star. I gave the overall set 3 stars because most of it is durable, machine washable and a great learning toy.