“ Brand: Asda / Type: Potatoes „
I really wanted to write this review after reading previous reviews, I love this potato salad and pick it above all others every time!
I was a regular buyer of the asda home brand potato salad but they changed the recipe a while back and it was no longer to my taste, out of curiosity I picked up a tub of the smart price to try, I was very pleasantly surprised and have never bought another brand since!
The potato salad comes in 250g tubs and is priced at 35p, it also has a proper lid now so can be resealed after opening.
The potato is diced and has so far never been mushy or crunchy, it's always been perfectly cooked, the dressing is a mayonnaise based dressing with very finely diced onion and chives, although it isn't an over powering onion taste. The dressing is thick and creamy and not watery and vinegary like other brands can be.
I strongly recommend trying this potato salad, at 35p it's worth a shot right?
I was wandering around my local asda the other week and as its spring i tend to eat alot of salad type things. I came across asda smartprice potato salad and was amazed at how cheap it was at 28 pence i just couldnt walk past it, i had to give it a whirl !!!!.
As with all smart price products it comes in the usual no frills packaging that you expect from this line of food with the green and white asda smart price label with basic information about the product inside. I was really surprised while standing in asda looking at the product just how much of it you get in that little pot for the price, And although you can see the cubes of potato are not the biggest lumps in the world it does look very generous.
That evening i whacked a pizza in the oven and set about to prep my salad and reached for the potato salad. on opening i realised that this wasnt going to be the tastiest potato salad in the world as there wasnt actually a smell to it no chive smell or anything really but i solidered on and put a pile on my plate.
The taste test: To be fair you cant expect the world for twenty eight pence. but i didnt feel robbed. the mayo was nice and creamy, the potatoes if im to be picky were a little harder than the more expensive brands and were on the small side but there was plenty of it. and the potatoes wasnt that hard that it ruined anything.
would i buy it again ? absolutely i would what a deal that potato salad was, yeah the potato could have been bigger, yeah they skimped on the chives but it was edible and i actually really enjoyed it, well done Mr Asda you come up trumps with this one. i also brought the smartprice coleslaw which i will be reviewing at a later date when i have cracked it open. i just hope it follows in the footsteps of its cousin the mighty smartprice potato salad :D
I'm a fan of the cheaper range of supermarket foods and Asda do a great potato salad for only 28p. It's a good sized 250g pot but has no frills. Some poeple may shy away from this range but I reckon its oustanding value for money in my personal opinion.
The potatoes are chunky and cut fairly evenly and cooked to perfection. Not too soft and not too hard. Good sized pieces to get your mouth around. They are covered in a great tasting mayonnaise dressing with added chives which just gives it that bit of an edge.
It probably contains a lot of fat but it goes with so many things such as salads, barbeques, burgers etc. so its very versatile. I'd be loathe to pay about a quid more for some posher stuff as this tastes just great in my opninion.
The packaging is fairly basic - just a green and white plain tub - saying that its potato salad on the outside, but that's all you need really.
Also, you can recycle the container and maybe use it as a plant pot when you've finished the food.
I don't often shop in Asda but sometimes when I'm passing I'll pop in and get a few bits. After my sister extolling the virtues of their Smart Price Potato Salad I decided to buy a tub to have with my dinner that evening, it only cost 28p for a 250g tub but to hear her talk it was made with fairy dust by Raymond Blanc!
It's not, it's absolute rubbish. My usual shop bought potato salad is the Tesco standard version which costs around 60p for a slightly larger tub and I'll be sticking with that one even at the higher price! To be fair, the Asda tub is well filled with the pleasant looking potato salad reaching almost to the rim of the tub - the ratio of potato to mayo is just right and while it doesn't exactly look creamy, it does look appetising in a bland way.
I scooped a fair amount from the tub onto my plate and had a sniff, nothing doing in the aroma stakes other than the fact of the mayo smelling slightly watery even though it didn't look it.
As soon as I ate some I realised just why this is the cheapo version of potato salad, it's awful and tastes exactly like it's worth 28p (or perhaps less). The small pieces of potato were so hard that they were practically raw, there wasn't a single soft piece of potato in there - the potatoes were also rather flavourless and relied too much on the mayo to liven them up. The problem is the mayo isn't good either, it's like a low fat version and doesn't have the rounded flavour that you need for potato salad. The mayo is also a little stickier than I'd like, although it is creamier than I originally thought it would be.
Overall this is just a very bland and unappetising potato salad. I threw half a tub away on the very day I bought it as I was fully aware that I wouldn't eat any more, the main problem for me is the hardness of the potatoes which made me feel almost sick as I was eating. I tried to soften them a little by crushing them slightly into the mayo with my fork, only this didn't work and I just ended up with hard slivers of potato instead of hard cubes.
Oh well, what do you expect for 28p? Never again!
When preparing a barbeque for the family recently I decided to get some coleslaw and potato salad and picked this up for just 28p for a 250g plastic tub.
The tub is clear with a white & green label all the way around with nutritional information, ingredients & the Asda Smartprice logo so it's easy to spot in the fridge section in store. The tub is sealed with celophane so I had to remove this before I could pour it out in to a serving dish.
My first impression was that all of the lumps of potato looked very similar in size and they were fairly good sized pieces. The mayonnaise looked a little runny but not too bad and there was a moderate amount which sufficiently covered all of the potatoes. I placed it all in to a serving dish with a large spoon and plonked it on the outside table along with lots of other yummy treats.
It wasn't until about 30 minutes later that I tried some of this and I was a little disappointed with the quality. The potatoes were not quite as soft as I would have liked and there was not any real kick to the mayonnaise dressing. I would have preferred there to be some additional seasoning and more of the onion (3%) and chives (0.8%) to give this some extra flavour but for the price that I paid it could have been far worse.
The potato salad was definitely edible and the whole bowl was quickly finished off with a request for more (I had only purchased one tub!) so I guess everyone has different tastes and some people may enjoy this a lot more than I did. I would buy it again to serve with a barbeque or salad or even if I was just feeding the entire family as the price is fantastic and it is definitely edible but if it was for me personally I think I would splash out some extra pennies and get a better brand.
I am rating this 2/5 as it was very average. The potatoes were not soft enough, the mayonnaise was not thick enough and there was not enough of it.
I was actually looking for some sort of dip when I came across ASDA Smart Price's Potato Salad. I've been buying a lot of budget brands and find them to be hit and miss, and although this wasn't really what I had wanted, it only cost 28p a tub, and at that price I thought it would be worth a try.
The product is simply chunks of cooked potato in a mayonnaise dressing and can be found in the chiller section. It comes in a clear tub which has the very basic green smart price logo on it. The most annoying thing for me about the packaging is that it has a peel off lid. I think it would be much better if it had a plastic lid so that it could be sealed back up, although of course this may push the price up slightly. Living on my own, I'm never going to get through a 250g pot in one sitting, and although it can be put back in the fridge (as it is OK if consumed within three days of opening) I have to transfer it to a Tupperware pot as I'm not satisfied it would stay fresh if I just replaced the lid.
Anyway, enough rambling about the packaging and on to the important part - the contents! Well when I opened the salad I can't say it looked too appetising - in fact, it simply looked boring. This has small cubes of white diced potato, all of a uniform size, with a white, very thin and runny looking mayonnaise covering it. There didn't look to be a huge amount of the mayonnaise dressing, but there was enough so that all of the potato was covered.
Although the potato is cooked, I still found it to be quite hard. It's as though perhaps it has only been par-boiled. I prefer my potato to be a little softer than this, but still it was something I can live could put up with. The mayonnaise dressing was a real disappointment though. As well as mayonnaise it also contains spirit vinegar. I think that perhaps that is what I can taste, as there is a very sharp tanginess to the mayonnaise, however it is otherwise lacking in any real flavour. The overall taste is simply bland and boring, and I felt that if the mayonnaise had been creamier it would have made a huge difference.
I'm not entirely sure what you're supposed to serve this with, but I added a tablespoon full to my lunchtime salad, and also tried adding a small spoon full to a pitta bread filled with salad instead of adding a mayonnaise or dressing to it and both ways were fine.
Nutritional Information (Per Pot):
As I'm sure you can tell I wasn't overly impressed with this. It was OK, and I still managed to eat the majority of the pot over the course of a couple of days, however I don't think I will be buying it again. Unlike some other products I have tried in the ASDA smart price range, with this one you can really tell why it's cheap! I think it would really benefit from a softer (or just longer cooked) potato and a thicker, creamier dressing. One to avoid, I think!