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Tesco Finest Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

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Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals

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      17.11.2010 11:08
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      A meal to look forward to, but watch for the correct ingredients

      During a recent holiday in Spain, my wife and I visited one of the many restaurants and looking for a vegetarian meal, came across a similar ingredients of Mozzarella Ravioli and enjoyed this mouth watering meal.
      When we returned to England, my wife was shopping on line at Tescos and looked for a similar ready meal as a matter of interest. Well it so happened to be available and with anticipation, when it came with the delivery, we thought we would have it that evening.
      Adding a few potatoes and some vegetables to cater for two, we boiled the contents as directed shortly after the vegetables because it only takes 4-5 minutes to cook from boiling.
      Once we removed it from the pan I tasted the tomato juice for added seasoning. This I only had to add a little before we sat down to enjoy. But one bite into the rviolli and I had to tell my wife to stop. It had meat in it!
      We looked at the packaging once again and the ingredients. they were as we expected but the contents were not the same.
      I phoned the tesco Customer Services the following day, who refunded the money with no problem and a sincere apology with a pledge to look into the problem.

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        31.08.2008 16:59
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        an expensive treat

        I have the house to myself, a rare treat. I love getting to be in charge of the remote and the fact that I don't have to compromise on my food choices. Trouble is that left to my own devices I tend to get too absorbed in what I'm doing and simply forget to eat all day then it's 8pm and my stomach is growling and I feel faint from lack of food so I end up getting a take away.

        I was determined not to let this happen this weekend so decided to stock up on some no preperation food. The tomato and mozarella salad from Tesco looked delicious albeit a bit pricey at £1.99 for a little pot so I decided to try it.

        When I went shopping on Friday it had been a lovely day. Problem was that Saturday was freezing and salad didn't seem nearly so appealing. I decided instead to make a pasta sauce.

        On opening the tub I've got to admit I was a little disapointed. The bottom of the tub had several mozarealla balls infused in a delicious oily dressing but a few sprigs of rocket and some cherry tomatoes had simply been plonked on top. I admit not looking at the salad closely before I bought it but I had assumed the tomatoes would be chopped and mixed in salsa style.

        I took the cherry tomatoes with some more from the fridge and chopped them very small and fried in a pan with a little olive oil and some garlic until they were soft and took on a lovely mushy creamy hue.

        Meanwhile I boiled some spaghetti and when it was cooked stirred the tomatoes through and then chopped the mozarella and also stirred that and the rocket through.

        My meal was simply delicious. The heat from the pasta melted the cheese slightly and gave it a lovely smooth stringy sensation and the peppery rocket mixed well too. The oil was delicately flavoured with the herbs adding interest to my meal without making it greasy.

        Overall this little tub of salad was delicious but I couldn't help feel a bit cheated at how little I got for my money. At 125 calories per half pot (but who's going to just eat half!) it's not too bad and at least you know the calories are also giving you a lot of goodness. A delicious treat but too expensive to indulge in on a regular basis.

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          29.08.2008 23:11
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          A lovely salad, and who cares about the calories!

          While I was out shopping yesterday I fancied something quick I could eat as soon as I got home without cooking. In Tesco I looked at uninspiring potato salad and ready cooked chicken in the chillers and eventually found myself in the salad aisle looking at their prepacked salads. The one which stood out as being more exciting than the rest was this Tesco Finest Tomato and Mozzarella Salad which looked delicious and light on a warm summers evening such as we had yesterday.

          This salad comes in a small square pot, similar to those you would use at a supermarket self service salad bar. It looks nice and classy with its silver Finest label, which also works to seal the pot closed, decorated with balls of mozzarella and ripe plum tomatoes. Through the clear pot the salad looks lovely, it's obviously layered with the green salad at the bottom topped with the tomatoes and small mozzarella balls.

          When I got home I arranged the salad on a plate along with a cooked chicken leg that was in the fridge. It all looks succulent and fresh, I cannot wait to tuck in while sitting in the garden with a nice glass of juice.

          The rocket leaves are delicious, they have the perfect peppery and slightly bitter flavour and are so much more interesting than normal lettuce. They are a naturally soft salad leaf but have absorbed some of the basil infused oil and this has given them a delicious moist texture which tastes fresh and summery.

          The small cherry tomatoes in the salad are gorgeous, they are sweet and fleshy and absolutely freezing cold in the middle which I found very refreshing. They are extremely fresh and this is apparent by the stretched appearance of the skin and the way the tomato juice literally spits out as I spear it with my fork. The tomato and rocket go beautifully together as the tomato helps to counteract some of the bitterness of the rocket.

          The best thing about this salad in my opinion is the mozzarella. It is delicious. The balls of cheese are slightly smaller than the tomatoes, but still large enough to cut in half to make the treat last that little bit longer. The mozzarella is soft with a texture that gives very easily when I use the side of my fork to slice it, the balls are a pure white and look to be hand shaped as they are not a uniform shape or size. It has the gloriously bland creamy taste that mozzarella is known for. There is much more mozzarella in the pot that I thought there would be and I was glad for that because these little squidgey balls made all the difference to the salad.

          This whole selection of lovely salad foods are drizzled with a light basil infused oil, it is Sunflower Oil flavoured with basil and oregano then seasoned to perfection. This oil dressing marries together all the individual flavours of the salad and gives them something in common, I cannot say I can taste the different components of this oil separately but I would say it is definitely Sunflower Oil with a difference. It's not a heavy oil and doesn't actually make the salad greasy, it's light and gives the salad an extra depth of flavour.

          Diet wise it's not the very best salad to have, each pot has 250 calories and 12.2g of fat but it has still got to be better than eating a burger or cheese on toast for your meal. It's quite a small salad so I'm glad I had my cold chicken leg and dollop of mayo on the plate with it. This was also nice too incidentally so it was a delicious meal all round, especially when the basil oil dripped onto the chicken. Lovely.

          At the moment these salads are on special offer where you can buy two pots for £3, or they are priced at £1.99 each which I think is fair for the quality of the salad. The use by date is only three days in the future though (mine was anyway) so I wouldn't advise stocking up on these as the ingredients will deteriorate very quickly once this date has passed.

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