“ Type: Salad / Manufacturer: Marks & Spencer „
Another item I bought for my granddaughter's 13th birthday party from the M&S Food To Go range was their fresh Tomato & Mozzarella Salad as I thought it would appeal to the adult guests and look fantastic on her 'posh' buffet table.
It comes securely packaged in a reusable plastic container which really would have been sufficient to serve it from, although I used my salad bowl in the end as it looked so much nicer nestled amongst the rest of the food.
The concept of this dish is a very simple classic Mediterranean inspired salad; small balls of Mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and spinach leaves all tossed in a delightful dressing made of Olive Oil and basil. The flavours all go wonderfully together as you'd expect and the ingredients are of the highest quality.
The Mozzarella is perfect; creamy and slightly salty with the blandness associated with this particular cheese that lends itself so well to any dressing or complimenting flavour you decide to add to it. The tomatoes are extremely fresh and full of flavour, the salad has been seasoned well so that the tomatoes have a slightly salted taste which is excellent and brings out the sweet flavour beautifully. The spinach leaves have been ever so slightly wilted and taste very fresh indeed, far fresher in fact than I had been expecting it to after it had sat in my fridge for over 30 hours.
I think every single flavour compliments the others in this delightfully summery and refreshing salad. It's one of those dishes where you can taste every component of it distinctly and because of it's absolute simplicity it cleansed my palate beautifully so I could go ahead with munching from the rest of the buffet table.
I was impressed with the basil oil dressing as it added an Italian sensation to the salad and moistened the dish without making it overly greasy. The flecks of basil in the oil completely infuse it with the rich herby flavour and in my opinion it's this that manages to hold together the very different flavours within the salad.
All the adults adored this salad, it's such a very sophisticated combination of flavours that it felt so much more exciting than when I make my own Mozzarella and Tomato salad at home. I was particularly enamoured with the oily dressing as the basil has been used in perfect proportion in my opinion and it worked to enhance the flavours within the salad rather than masking them with the strong flavour of basil.
I paid £12 for this large salad which serves eight people and personally I think that is excellent value as for £1.50 per serving I doubt you could make it cheaper, unless of course you used very cheap ingredients and then the salad certainly wouldn't taste as rich and high quality as this one from M&S.