Product Type: Tesco Food
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Carrots aplenty but tastes kind of empty
Tesco Prawn Layered Salad
Member Name: Dryad
Tesco Prawn Layered Salad
Date: 01/02/12, updated on 12/03/12 (231 review reads)
Advantages: Don't have to make it yourself
Disadvantages: Tastes bland, high calorie content for a prawn 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.
Summary: Too high in calories, bland taste, and enough carrots to sink a bunny.
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