“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Salad „
My husband came home with a few items from the Tesco chilled 'lunch' section as it was the end of the day a couple of hours before closing they had been reduced. The tub of prawn layered salad is at the moment part of their meal deals and normally costs £2.50 for the large 380g tub (I believe it also comes in smaller servings) it cost us £1.00, hubby bought two.
The plastic tub includes a little black folding fork recessed into the lid, which you access by tearing through the labelling above it. It's a nifty little fork and I like the way you fold a hinged piece of plastic that has two holes in it, which clips over two tiny pegs. It is solid, and the hinged part once clipped together is smooth and looks and feels good. I know perhaps that is overkill description for a disposable plastic fork, but I was impressed with the simple ingenuity.
When I make a prawn salad at home I improvise a Marie Rose dressing from mayonnaise, tomato sauce and a dash of vinegar, the whole home made salad (roughly 380g equivalent) bearing in mind that 100gs of prawns (not fried) is only about 90 calories, has a calorie content of approximately 140-160 ish calories. So I was surprised to see the calorie content on this quite basic prawn salad, which is very heavy on the carrot content is listed as 500 calories, Tesco (and many doctors) say this is about a quarter of the average daily need, which makes it a fairly reasonable calorie content as a whole meal - However if I ate 2000 calories a day, I'd be on one of these programmes where they have to cut you out of your house. I seem to have the metabolism a rock so my daily calorie intake has to be around the 1,000 to 1,200 mark just to not put weight on, so if I were to eat all of this it would be quite a chunk out of my daily allowance. However cut in half and shoved in a 'wrap' it makes a nice light lunch. Even though out of a daily intake of 2,000 calories it is an acceptable hit, I don't think it's and acceptable calorie content for a high veg content prawn salad.
A little more detail about the salad composition, from the pack - contents are: Carrot, cooked pasta, prawns, Marie Rose dressing, cucumber, sweet corn, lettuce, vinaigrette and red pepper. I'm assuming that these quantities are listed in order of largest amount first, because it does seem to fit fairly precisely with the contents.
The carrot is the bottom layer. When I offered one of these pots to my youngest daughter she snatched it out of my hand and ran off to her lair to scoff it as she loves prawn salad; not giving me time to warn her about the carrots (which she doesn't like). She returned down stairs half an hour later with the words "that salad was full of lies - Julie!", the plastic 'pot' it came in with its huge carrot cargo still intact. She said it looked delicious through the pot, she could see some carrots through the plastic base but the full horror was disguised by the other ingredients. We were both glad that the salad is layered, we were also glad the carrots were at the bottom as it gave us the choice as to how much if any of this ingredient to eat
The amount of prawns is generous, but they lack flavour, and juiciness. The ratio of sauce to salad was for us about right. I did however find the sauce rather too bland and to me it didn't have the same flavour as the Marie Rose sauces I've experienced elsewhere (not just my ad hoc home made version). We added a dash of vinegar, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a little more mayonnaise which zinged it up a bit. The husband likes it with a very mild sweet chilli sauce.
If I was eating this out of the house as lunch in work for example, it would be perfectly nice and would not bloat you up and be too filling to get back into work mode quickly. However I do like my food and would have still been disappointed in the flavour and chose something else next time.
The texture of the individual ingredients is not brilliant, the lettuce is barely there and I had difficulty finding any pepper, what I did find was cut so small it almost looked like the carrot. You almost can't tell what you are eating partly because the prawns aren't very prawny. The pasta is a nice texture and flavour, and for me was the best part of this salad. The price is very good for this type of product though, and I don't really expect a gourmet experience.
I'd buy this again if it was on offer to use as part of a bigger salad or a filling to go with wraps, baguettes etc but wouldn't bother buying it at full price because for the taste buds of my family and myself it's just not a distinct enough flavour, and the calorie content is also just too high for what it is.
I took the Tesco Prawn Layered Salad to work last week - and I have to say that I wasn't very impressed with it really at all. In the packaging, which was a plastic salad bowl, it actually looked quite appetising and for just £2.00 I thought it looked like really good value. There was a plastic knife and fork in the lid and this was handy as I was eating it away from home.
As I said, in the bowl it actually looked really good. It looked colourful, varied and neatly arranged. The salad had cos lettuce, cucumber, sweetcorn, red pepper, carrot and pasta in it, and then on top of all of this is a generous portion of prawns in a mary-rose sauce. It looked generously proportioned and perfectly adequate for lunch, especially with a piece of brown bread to accompany it.
However, where this product was let down was in taste and texture. The salad felt very wet and slimy - even though it was well within date - and there were actually bits of lettuce that I picked out because it had definitely seen better days! The pasta is also a little stodgy and flavourless and it doesn't taste particularly fresh and so I think the dish would be better without the pasta in it at all. The mary-rose sauce is really nice and plentiful and it has a nice flavour and accompanient, although I find the prawns to be a bit scrawny and tasteless. They do taste fresh but they don't have that wonderful prawn flavour that I generally look forward to and they are completely overpowered by the mary rose sauce.
Overall, I wasn't particularly impressed with this product because of the reasons I've mentioned and I won't be buying it again.
I bought one of these last week to go in a jacket potato. The pots come in 2 sizes a smaller 180g with a fork included to eat on the go and a larger 380g pot. I bought the larger of the two which cost just £2.
The salad itself comes in an oval shaped bowl. When you open the packet you can immediately see the prawns covered in marie rose sauce, there is then a layer of pasta followed by a layer of salad which includes cucumber, peppers and lettuce.
The packet describes the salad as layers of mixed vegetables and lightly dressed pasta, topped with cocktail dressing and prawns.
A packet contains two servings.
I split the packet between myself and my partner and there was plenty of salad for the both of us. There is a healthy serving of prawns in the salad. The marie rose sauce is really nice it is the perfect mix of spice and tomato. The pasta part of the salad is a little bland tasting the packet says that it is dressed in vinaigrette. I found the pasta a little spicy normally I like spicy food but I wasn't keen on this aspect. The rest of the salad was really nice, there were little pieces of cucumber and red pepper, a few lettuce leaves and finally a layer of grated carrot. The whole salad was really fresh and crunchy, it had a really good mix of different items and there was a healthy amount of each.
I would definately buy this salad again, it is a good salad for the price, although I wasn't keen on the pasta part the rest of it was really tasty. The only downside is the amount of fat in the salad, I would put this down to the dressing on the prawns as it is very heavy on the mayo. The plus side is that only a small amount of the fat is saturated.
Sat Fat 1.5g
I love prawn salad especially when the prawns are in a yummy marie rouse sauce, therefore when I stumbled across this salad in the refridgeration sandwich section in my local Tesco, I thought I had struck gold. It looked delicious, there was a generous portion of prawns in a marie rose sauce on the top and then underneath I could see, pasta, sweetcorn, spring onion, iceberg lettue, red pepper and grated carrot. I loved everyone of these ingredients and the salad looked really fresh and appealing and colourful.
I popped the salad in my basket as I really fancied it for my lunch. It cost £2 for a deep 400g bowl, which did look quite large but I was confident that I could polish it off. I quickly scanned the nutritional information and I thought that the whole salad contained 17.4g of fat, which although wasn't great I was ok with that as it was a bit of a treat.
I got the salad home and I have to say that I really enjoyed it, the prawns tasted great and the sauce was perfect. I also really enjoyed all the other ingredients, it had a really fresh taste, and there was a real crunch to it due to the grated carrot and the sweetcorn. I have to say, it does contain a lot of grated carrot in the bottom of the bowl, and it seems to me that they have used the carrot to pad the salad out. Not a problem for me as I love grated carrot however for those who don't I would probably advise you to steer clear of this salad.
I easily polished off the whole bread however afterwards I did feel really full up and a little bit podged. I had really enjoyed it and I have bought the salad a few times since. Now comes the bad bit......I noticed today that this salad doesn't contain 17.4g of fat, I actually should of taken a closer look at the label as really a half portion of the salad contains 17.4g so infact the whole salad actually contains a disgusting 34.8g of fat..........yuk. I am actually staggered and think that it is disgusting that a salad could contain so much fat. I feel disgusted with myself for consuming something so incredibly bad for me and cross that it was marketed in the guise of being something healthy. Ok, so it's my own fault for not reading the label properly but I don't think it was very clear and certainly not clear enough for a busy person who hasn't the time to scrutinise each label of the products they are buying.
So although I did enjoy the salad, there is no way on this earth that I will every be putting another one of these 'salads' in my shopping basket and there really is question now why I have been failing to shed a few pounds
My local Tesco have a good section in their lunch section and you usually get a reasonable abount of lunch for your money, plus choices for calorie counters and those who like to indulge a little more.
Last week I headed to Tesco, I was having a healthy day, so headed for the salads. Two caught my eye, their Cheese layered salad and Prawn layered salad both looked tempting. They both were in round clear plastic tubs with, as the name suggests, the ingredients layered on top of one another. This made both colourful, healthy looking and appetising. (The packaging was slightly different to that of dooyoo's picture.) The pricing was a little confusing. A small Cheese salad was priced at £1 and the small Prawn Salad £1.20. However the large Cheese Salad and the large Prawn Salad were both £2. Thinking I was getting a bargain (which was proboably intended) and going for the healthier of the two I bought a large Prawn Salad.
At £2, you did get a reasonable amount for your money, however the pack states that 1/2 a pack is a serving (equivalent to the small size). I personally think this is mean, and a whole pot would probably just satisfy most people for lunch.
The pot did give you a good amount of Prawns, in a seafood sauce, sitting on crunchy lettuce, which I both enjoyed, the bottom layer however, was loads and loads of grated carrot. I don't mind a little carrot in a salad, but this was just too much. It was obviously the cheapest ingredient used to bulk out the salad, so wasn't as good value as I thought.
Thinking this salad was the healthy option was also a mistake. I think I should have looked closer at the nutritonal info before I chose. Here's what is looks like...
HALF A PACK CONTAINS...
Fat - 17.5g
Saturates - 1.6g
Salt - 1.3g
Bear in mind, this is the suggested 'half pack' serving. Let's face it most of us will eat the lot. Based on that, a salad would contain HALF your recommended daily allowance of Fat and just under half your daily allowance of Salt. I can't believe it's allowed that these products can unnecessarily contain such high levels of fat and still present itself as a healthy food. Fair enough it shows it's nutritional information on the packaging, I only which I'd read it first, I may have been better off with a cheese sandwich!
All in all, a waste of money and calories. I just can't understand how a salad which contains nearly half grated carrot can be so fat laden!