“ Manufacturer: Hellmann's / Type: Condiments „
I often use Hellmann's Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing and so it's generally something that I have in my fridge ready to go onto my salad. I generally like to mix up my own salad dressing by combining different flavours together, and I will often use Hellmann's Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing as the base for my dressing and then add other ingredients to this. A bottle of Hellmann's Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing contains 235 ml of the dressing and it costs £1.10 from Tesco, or alternatively you can buy two bottles for £2.00. I think this is a good price as one bottle will last me about 3 weeks if I am having salad every day - which usually I will have, especially through the warmer months.
The dressing comes in a plastic squeezy bottle which has a hole in the top which the dressing can be squeezed out of. The dressing is the colour of balsamic vinegar and so it is a rich coal tar like brown. Its consistency is quite thick and gloopy and so this is a good reason why it is nice to mix it with other dressings / ingredients because this waters it down a little and makes it a little less thick. I often mix it with a little lemon juice, sweet chilli sauce and some raspberry vinegar and then this mixed all together actually is a great consistency to coat the salad.
The taste is quite rich and is definitely of balsamic vinegar - although it is lighter than just using plain balsamic vinegar. It is a little sharp - which I think is why the sweet chilli sauce goes nicely with it because it adds a little bit of sweetness to the dressing.
Overall, I think this is a really nice dressing and I would recommend it for use on salad.
Hellmanns Balsamic Vinaigrette was not top of my shopping list of things to buy, so I was most surprised when I went to my local resturant a while back and had a meal with this drizzled around the edge of the plate as a garnish and over the salad I was about to eat.
My initial thoughts were oh dear! I am not going to like this, as it has salad dressing all over it, but to my surprise I did like it and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. After finishing it I went and asked the chef what the dressing was on and around my salad and he told me he used the Hellmanns Balsamic Vinaigrette to help give it a lift. Well it certainly did that and I thanked him for the wonderfully tasty meal and left thinking I would add this item to my shopping list after all.
The flavour is a little sharp and you really do not need a lot of it for it to go a long way. It is a dark coloured vinaigrette and tastes unlike anything I have ever tasted before which gives it a unique flavour of its own. I suppose the best way I can describe it is it is slightly worcester saucy with a honey and something else sort of taste to it. It is very light and vinigary which you would expect, but not overpowering if you do not overuse it.
The bottle comes in a fun type container shaped in a funky way. with an equally blue fun lid to it. there is a teardrop label on the front in cream with blue wording. and another label on the top around the base of the blue lid. the contents showing through are a dark brown.
Priced between 69p to £1.29 depending on offers I thought this item a good buy as it keeps a lot longer than the sell buy date on the top of the pack.
Used carefully it can enhance many dishes and salads alike and with practice you too can leave dainty designs around your plate edges too.
For the last year I have been searching and searching for the perfect salad dressing, as I had been getting bored with my average caesar salad dressing and fancied more of a vinagrette. I had been trying various ones from my local supermarket but didn't seem to be able to find one with a significant and really nice taste. I wanted my salad to taste like I could eat more and more of it!
So eventually I came across this Hellman's Balsamic vinaigrette on offer and thought I would give it a try. My initial thought was that the colour was not too appealing and I didn't think it would last me long as it's not the biggest bottle in the world.
However, when I poured the dressing over my salad and took my first mouthful it really was that perfect dressing I was looking for!! The taste is a little vinagery but that is what you expect from a vinagrette. It just makes your salad taste so much nicer! You don't need to put too much on as it's quite strong so the bottle lasts much longer than I initially thought. I have actually had the bottle for a few months now (even though it says use within four weeks - its still perfectly fine) and I still have a little left.
Another good thing with this dressing is that it isn't actually too bad for you, unlike some caesar dressings which are really creamy. This only has 82 calories per 100ml and 2.7g of fat (0.4g is saturated) so compared to others it's really a better option!
I have actually tried making my own balsamic vinagrette with balsamic vinager and olive oil but it didn't seem to taste quite as nice as this dressing.
You can catch this on offer at the moment at Morrison's for 64p! It normally costs around £1.29 which still isn't too expensive.
So, I would definately recommend this to anyone if you're looking for a nice and not too fattening salad dressing!