“ Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Salad „
Now the weather is improving my thoughts are turning away from stodgy casseroles and I'm eating more salads while enjoying the sun in the garden. My problem is that I live alone so buying a wide range of salad items was proving wasteful as I simply couldn't eat it all before it started going off, for this reason I started experimenting with bags of prepared mixed salad and with this Mediterranean one from Sainsbury's I've found a firm favourite. It's quite simple containing just six different salad vegetables; Iceburg lettuce, white cabbage, carrot, Frisée, red peppers and yellow peppers. I nearly didn't buy this as I am not a fan of peppers but checking the bag while in the supermarket I reassured myself that there are a manageable amount of peppers in there which would be easy to pick out should the flavour become too overwhelming. It's fine though as the more delicate flavours of the rest of the salad ingredients tones down the peppers nicely, all the flavours work so well together from the slightly peppery Frisée to the sweet carrot that the addition of the red and yellow peppers seemed like a natural thing to do. The salad was wonderfully fresh and juicy when I opened the bag a couple of days after purchase, it had a use by date of four days away and I actually finished my bag on the use by date at which time it was still fresh and not dried up or yellowing in the slightest. The overall flavour of this salad is rather sweet, I find it works beautifully with a Balsamic vinegar based dressing which brings the sweetness out and helps the delicate flavours to stand out. Personally I like fish to accompany this salad as this gives me an all round mild combination of flavours which I do find enjoyable sometimes as a break from the richer food I eat much of the time. I love the crunchiness of this bag of Mediterranean salad, there is nothing limp or boring about it at all. The Iceburg lettuce is wonderfully crisp and as this is the main component of the salad so this lays on a very good base for the other ingredients, none of which are as crunchy as the lettuce but they don't really need to be. I like to toss a couple of spoons of tinned sweetcorn through the salad for that added bit of sweetness and crunch. A 225g bag of this Mediterranean salad costs £1.49, which may look expensive compared to the price of an individual lettuce but considering there is zero waste from this salad (unlike the half lettuces I routinely throw into my compost bin) I say this is very good value for money. After all, work out the cost of the individual ingredients and you'll soon see how reasonably priced this is.