“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Sauces „
I am a total fan of sauces and of dressings and of things like that and don't really like what I think of plain food so each week when I go shopping I alway pick up a different sauce/dressing to try out.
I bought this one the other week to try, in Asda and costing £1.18 a bottle.
The see-through bottle holds 235ml of the dressing and it has a dark blue flip-top lid to the top of it. On the front label there is a small picture of honey and a yellow flower on there and we are told that it's Hellmann's Honey & Mustard Dressing and around the top of the bottle (just below the lid) there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown shown as well as an ingredient list on another label. On the back of the bottle there is yet another label and on that label other information listed includes a full nutritional chart given and contact details for Unilver (the manufacturer of the product) are given. It's a nice enough informative bottle, easy to squeeze and looks nice too.
The dressing itself is runny enough to pour out of the hole to the top of the bottle and has a slight aroma of mustard to it and is a light beigy, creamy colour with lots of visible mustards seeds within it.
Taste wise this is a simply fabulous dressing. It has a fantastic, natural sweetness to it although I wouldn't say it really tastes of honey as such but a distinctive taste of mustard though oddly enough not hot at all! It's simply a sweet and mustardy creamy sauce, full on flavour and perfect drizzled over salad, over pasta (my personal favourite) and goes well with a whole array of foods! It's smooth sauce even though there are seeds within it which I approve of greatly!
This is now a must have in my fridge and its simply gorgeous!
Nutritional Information Per 15ml Tablespoon:
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
The sun is shining (well it does appear occasionally!) and people (well women mostly!) think about diets and getting into summer clothes. Salads start to feature on the menu and as the men in my family (son has now moved out but does return for a meal occasionally!) seem to dislike salads, not rating them as a main meal I have to try to make my salads taste really interesting.
Mayonnaise is my favourite dressing with salads, salad cream is not a taste I enjoy, so it never finds its way into my shopping trolley but various salad dressings do get tested, although I do often make my own as they are simple to make but always need to be in a container that is water tight as they separate into oil and vinegar and need shaking before using.
Whilst shopping in Tesco I spied a Hellmann's Honey and Mustard dressing, and as I do like making Honey and mustard dressing I though this looked tasty and it hadn't separated either. It is in a clear plastic container with a blue flip lid, and pours easily onto your salad.
On opening the bottle the smell of Honey was evident and a slight smell of vinegar. It is creamy beige in colour with very fine grounds of mustard. Taste was most important as I wanted a dressing to make lettuce taste interesting! What did it taste like? You'll have to read on to find out!
As with so many products water is the main ingredient, then vegetable oil and 12% mustard. There is also 8% Honey and added sugar, malt vinegar made from barley and other ingredients including egg yolk and salt. The bottle contains 235mls and in line with the ruling the nutrition information is given per 100mls. Each 100mls contains 214kcals, 15grams of fat and 1.7grams of salt. I would think I pour on 1 -2 teaspoons of dressing on an average portion of salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber and leave other salad stuff plain, this means I can divide these amounts by 10 and 2 teaspoons contain 22kcals, so not too many for making lettuce taste good. Because the dressing is thin it is easily poured over and tossed through the salad meaning I use far less than I would do with mayonnaise which has about 115 per tablespoon.
Well that means it is better for us than mayonnaise, but does it taste nice? Yes it is delicious, but if you don't like honey you probably won't like this dressing, although Hellmann's do make other types. It is sweet to taste, and not at all a vinegary bitter dressing. It is advised to store the bottle in the fridge after opening and use within 4 weeks. I have had my bottle much longer and it still tasted fine!
I particularly like it with a starter I make using assorted leaves from a bag of lettuce, and strips of Smoked salmon and small crispy croutons ( fried crisp cubes of bread), add the croutons and dressing at the last minute, it's simple and tasty.
Cost was £1.25 for the 235 mls bottle, which means it costs 3-6p per portion if you have 1-2 teaspoons. Another great product Hellmann's.
The only annoying thing I have found is the lid is difficult to replace, there is a knack though! It needs to be pushed forward as well as down to get it in place.