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Sainsbury's Chunky Salsa Dip

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Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Dip

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      06.05.2010 08:24
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      A good dip, low in fat and sugar

      I bought a few dips recently and this is the first one I'm reviewing.


      The salsa comes in a clear plastic pot with a plastic lid. The pot is covered by card sleeve which lists the ingredients, nutritional information and recycling information. The product should be keep in the refrigerator after opening and should be consumed within two days. It is described as:- "Tomato salsa with herbs and garlic"

      Ingredients: Tomato (72%) {Contains Tomato, Tomato Juice, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid}, Onion (12%), Tomato Puree (7%), Rapeseed Oil, Sugar, Coriander, Tapioca Starch, Garlic Puree, Concentrated Lime Juice, Salt, Oregano, Black Pepper, Chilli

      Nutritional Information per 100g {per 1/4 pot in brackets}

      Energy kJ: 325kJ {187kJ}
      kcal: 78kcal {45kcal}
      Protein: 1.0g {0.6g}
      Carbohydrate: 9.4g {5.4g}
      of which total sugars: 5.8g {3.3g}
      of which starch: 3.6g {2.1g}
      Fat: 4.0g {2.3g}
      (of which saturates): 0.4g {0.2g}
      mono-unsaturates: 2.3g {1.3g}
      polyunsaturates: 1.2g {0.7g}
      Fibre: 1.2g {0.7g}
      Salt: 0.25g {0.14g}
      of which Sodium: 0.10g {0.06g}


      I paid £1.38 for a jar of this in Sainsbury's. They do have a 2 for £2.50 offer on at the moment.

      Taste and opinion:

      Occasionally I do like to treat myself to a tube of Pringles and something to dip them in. There's quite a range of dips on the market now ranging from mayonnaise based dips to cheese based dips to others such as salsa. Many dips, like this one are available in a single tub or jar to buy whilst you can also buys trays of dips which usually contain 4 or more different flavours. Anyway, I purchased this dip, along with a couple of others to dip my Pringles in and here's what I thought.

      The packaging has its plus and minus points. On a positive note the fact that the outer sleeve is made of card and the tub is made of plastic means that you're not going to experience any sort of difficulties opening the tub as you might do with a screw top lid. Also, if you drop this somewhere it's unlikely to smash in the same way that a glass jar might do. On the downside the possibilities for recycling the plastic tub might not be quite as widespread across the country as they are for recycling glass.

      Opening the tub I can see some decent sized chunks of tomato and onion. There's quite a bit of coriander in there too and I can also spot some of those little chilli seeds. I take a smell and immediately notice how fresh the salsa smells. It remind me a little of the smell of bruschetta that you get in restaurants and, in truth, does look a little similar.

      So, what does it taste like?

      Dipping my Pringle into the salsa the first thing I notice is how thick it is. There doesn't appear to be a great deal of "juice" in this product at all which is slightly dangerous on the Pringle Dipping Front. I had a few incidences when the Pringle snapped due to thickness of the dip and the fact that I'd either overloaded the Pringle with too much dip or I'd not got the dipping angle right. Of course, this may not be an issue with thicker, more sturdier crisps.

      I take a taste and am quite pleased with it. I can taste the tomato and onion both of which are firm, slightly crunchy and still tastes fresh. There's a distinct taste of chilli as well which gives the salsa a little edge but I didn't find that this was overly hot or that I need to drink water or some sort of other liquid as a result. The result of the ingredients all appear to combine well together to add to the overall taste. When I read them I did wonder whether I'd find this salsa too salty or think that they'd used too much pepper or too much garlic but I'm pleased to report that none of these has been used too much.

      As I said, the chilli does give this salsa a slight edge and I suspect that the black pepper plays a part in that as well. There is a slight hint of garlic as well but not, I think, enough to make you concerned about having "garlic breath" after you've eaten the salsa.

      I also purchased a Doritos salsa dip at the same time and this Sainsbury's dip contains more sugar and fat than the Doritos salsa dip but, even so these are fairly low in comparison to many products. The Sainsbury's Onion and Garlic dip for example contains 39% fat which makes this Salsa dip seem positively healthy in comparison.

      Overall I enjoyed this salsa dip and would happily buy it again.


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