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I've only used Hellman's Thousand Island Dressing once - and I really didn't like it. I have used Hellman's mayonnaise as part of my staple diet for years and so I assumed that the Thousand Island Dressing would be the same quality and great taste - but unfortunately I found it somewhat lacking. The price was okay, with a 235ml bottle costing £1.49 from Tesco - but it's not something I'll be willing to pay out again for because I just didn't really rate it.
The bottle is a squeezy style bottle with a flip lid - and you don't need too much pressure to squeeze out the dressing from the bottle. The dressing comes out fairly slowly - but that's how I want a dressing to come out so that my salad isn't completely submerged in dressing.
I found the taste of the dressing to be very oily and greasy - and even a small out of dressing made my salad feel quite slimy. I also found the dressing to be quite salty, and other than that the flavour was a little non-descript. According to the bumph on the bottle, the dressing is a mixture of tomato and peppers - and, to be honest, I couldn't detect either the tomato flavour or the red peppers. There was a slight hint of cayenne pepper, but again, this was pretty subtle and didn't really add anything. I could taste vinegar and this was quite strong - and was certainly stronger than the fruity taste I was hoping for.
Overall, I didn't really like this product very much.....I found it to be fairly unpleasant and I won't be opting to use it again.
Many years ago (in fact I was on Freddy Laker's last Skytrain from New York!) I became hooked on dressings - from blue cheese to French & was amazed at the choice they had so filled my suitcase with as many as possible. We just didn't seem to have the choice over here but luckily things have changed.
One of my favourite brands is Hellman as, in my opinion, they seem to get the right blends of tastes & texture in their ever-growing range.
I was pleased to find Thousand Island dressing because I love my fish & it's delicious drizzled on crab or prawns or mixed with any cooked white fish to have cold with a salad. I must admit I pop a little on my fishcakes or fish fingers & have even been known to use it in salad butties or with ham.
I say 'drizzle' as this comes out gently rather than squirting & making that rude noise Hellman's (squeezy) mayo makes when you get near the end of the bottle! This allows you to have more control over where you pour it.
The dressing itself is a sort of salmony-peach colour & when you open the flip-top cap there's actually very little smell but don't let that put you off - the taste is lovely.
It has a tangyness to it which is probably the combination of the tomato dressing, red peppers, vinegar & cayenne pepper yet this is tamed down by the sour cream. All the ingredients work well together plus you get a creamy (but not heavy) topping for your dish.
I find it makes an otherwise boring food look & taste better & adds to the flavour without drowning it.
I love it with a crispy salad & each serving only contains 36 calories & 3g of fat so can be incorporated (in moderation) with a healthy eating plan. I think it's well worth the £1.09 I paid for it.
This 235ml plastic bottle can be recycled after use - I wish it was glass but we can't have everything can we?!
Getting a bit fed up of paying the prices of those little pots of prawn cocktail which only seem to consist of about 4 prawns, I decided I was going to make my own. So after buying my prawns and seeing this Hellmann's sauce on offer for 62p (usually £1.29 may vary depending on where you buy it from available in most large supermarkets e.g. Tesco, Asda etc), I thought I would give it a bash.
The hellmans sauce comes in a plastic bottle with a blue flip up/down lid (easy to open/close) and Hellmann's Thousand Island dressing with a picture of a pile of spice, tomatoes and a pepper on. Around the top of the bottle is a orange label with the ingredients on and the nutritional value per tablespoon = 36kcal - 1.7g sugars - 2.9g fat - 0.5g saturates - 0.3g salt.
On the back of the bottle is the nutritional value for 100ml and the producers contact details plus states that the bottle is 235ml.
On opening the lid on the bottle the hole which the sauce comes out is quite large so it just kind of pours out with no self control, so you end up draining half of your prawns.
The sauce itself is very orangey in colour with specs of herbs in the dressing.
The dressing is very strong in flavour and quite overpowering the main taste I get is definitely vinegar and I have to say is gross, followed by a very and let me instate slight taste of tomatoe. This does definately not taste like the sauce you get on your prawn salad in restaurants.
Would I buy this sauce again absolutely not they may as well have given me vinegar in a bottle and it would of been more accurate, for 62p you can throw it in the bin but I would rather do time than pay £1.29 for this again. I don't even really want to give this 1 star but beggars can't be choosers.