“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Potatoes „
As a general rule I much prefer to make my own potato salad rather than buying ready made from a supermarket. This is mainly because I can drastically reduce the fat and calorie content by avoiding the double cream and full fat mayo used by most pre-prepared versions.
However I do quite like the taste of the pre made ones (yes, I know that's due to the cream and full fatness!) but in a bid to be good, rarely partake.
Today at lunchtime I was really craving some to go with my boring tuna salad, so instead of buying the M&S one that I had tried before (very nice but £1.15) I was a tight wad and thought I would try the Tesco version at a mere 67p.
It comes in a 300g tub and upon opening the lid and peeling back the film, it looked suspiciously like a tub of white emulsion. The layer of cream and mayo was so thick and solid that I could literally spoon off the top inch without a hint of potato.
With thoughts of Dulux in my head, I put a couple of dollops on my plate and it just looked so unappetising. Call me crazy but I was expecting to see oh I don't know, some potatoes in my potato salad! However it had gone to mush and looked much more like cottage cheese than anything else.
Taste wise the actual mayo bit was fine in taste - quite sharp and sweet and similar to other brands I have tried. But the texture was really offputting, as I like the firm chunks of potato rather than more of mash consistency.
Calorie wise, well at 180 cals and 14.2g fat per 100g it's hugely fattening even if you only have a third of the tub. Which is fine if it's worth it, but this really isn't. To think I could have had a chocolate bar!!
Varying tastes mean I'm sure that not everyone will have the same opinion as me, but I was expecting a firm chunky potato salad, and got mashed potato instead. This time it wasn't a cost effective option to go cheaper. I will be sticking to M&S or homemade in future.
Avoid if you like your potato salad chunky!
** crossposted on ciao as ciaomiaow **
Now normally, I'd make my own potato salad - it's not exactly a hard thing to make, and it doesn't take a lot of time or effort really either, but being incredibly lazy the other day, I bought coleslaw, a cooked chicken, potato salad and some corn cobs to grill lightly. This was the first time I'd bought this particular potato salad, so I thought a few words here would be good.
On the odd occasion in the past when I've bought potato salad, I've been pretty disapointed with it. Normally I find the potato is either not quite well enough cooked for my taste, or it's so well cooked that all you have is lumpy mash with mayonaise.
This particular potato salad has impressed me however. The lumps of potato are not huge, but they're big enough that you can pop your fork into them instead of having to use a spoon. They also held together well, without being undercooked too which was something that I heartily approved of.
The dressing was nice and creamy, and really zingy. I have to say I hadn't realised that tesco use sour cream as one of the ingredients until I tried it and thought 'ooh this is nice'. It actually took me a bit by surprise to be honest, as I wasn't expecting anything special from it really. I also rather liked that there were chives chopped into the dressing, that made it somehow taste a little fresher than I'd have expected, though perhaps a few more would have been even better as they were a little sparce.
The tub size is 300g and I got this on special offer at 2 for £1.20, normally however it's 68p for the tub which ok it's expensive compared to making it yourself, but it's still not really that expensive considering how nice it is.
About my only complaint with this is that it's perhaps a little wetter than I'd like. I don't mind a good amount of dressing with my potato, but there did seem to be really an incredible amount of dressing somehow, and when we'd emptied the tub of potato there was a good couple of spoons of dressing left round the edges of the tub.
Now I don't normally include nutritional info, but as this is something people might think to eat as part of a salad when on a diet, I will just mention that it's 14.2g of fat per 100g, and 180 calories (that's a third of a pot), so if you're dieting then you are probably a lot better making your own at home where you can use a low fat mayo.
I know it's hardly been the balmy summer we were told to expect but I've still wheeled out my BBQ whenever the rain decides to give it a rest for a few hours in the evening. When it's just me I'll pop a chicken breast on or a piece of fish but then am left looking around for something to accompany it that doesn't involve a trip into the kitchen.
This is where Tesco Creamy Potato Salad comes in. It's absolutely lovely, and I know how easy potato salad is to make but this one for me has the magic ingredient which sets it above even most home made potato salads.
The key ingredient I think is the soured cream that Tesco add to the mayonnaise dressing, this gives what would otherwise be a very ordinary product a delicious zing that I am currently trying to recreate in my own kitchen.
The potatoes are a good consistency, not super soft nor of bullet texture as so many supermarket bought potato salads seem to be. They are cubed fairly small which is just how I like my potato salad and the skins are still on the potatoes, although to be honest the skins are so thin that they don't really add anything to the overall taste or texture of the salad.
It's the mayonnaise that makes the potato salad so wonderful. The soured cream is blended beautifully into the mayonnaise and together they have created a thick and very flavoursome sauce for the potatoes. The addition of spring onions lends the potato salad a very subtle onion taste, although I think this is very vague indeed and during my recreations I intend to be rather more heavy handed with the onions.
I find this potato salad extremely cool and refreshing to eat and it always goes down beautifully with a piping hot chicken fillet, or whatever else you decide to team it with really.
There is far more mayonnaise than potatoes which may put some people off, although personally I do prefer a 'wet' potato salad so it's ideal for me. My daughter however doesn't like this particular brand at all as she likes a very thinly dressed potato salad and finds the amount of mayo sickly and off-putting.
If you do think this product contains too much mayonnaise dressing then you can always scrape a little onto your burger if you're having a BBQ. I read this on another review on Dooyoo and have since tried it to find it makes an extremely flavoursome and unusual dressing, a real change from the boring relishes and ketchups I usually use.
I can't fault this potato salad at all. If nothing else it saves me the struggle of peeling, boiling and cooling potatoes and making up my own dressing - although I do intend to figure out how to make this one!
A 300g tub costs just 68p and this contains around three servings. The potato salad comes in a plastic pot and the lid fits tightly enough to give it a shelf life once opened of around 3 days. 100g of the salad contains 180 calories and 14.2g of fat, although only 1.2g of this are saturated fats.
My mom makes most of our potato salad but this week its been so hot that she couldn't be bothered so when we got the bbq out tonight she brought some from Tesco that was ready made.
The mayonaise sauce is real good but i think the potatos are way too hard because you shouldn't have to chew potatoes that much or have to use a knife to cut them like you do in this. The potato is cut quite small anyway but what I'm saying is that if you had to cut them even smaller than you would have to use a knife because they are hard and don't feel cooked properly to me.
The mayonaise is very thick and tastes nice and creamy. The ingredients say there is sour cream mixed in with the mayonaise and I can taste this but its not too strong and the taste is quite faint under the creamy mayonaise. There are quite a lot of chives in it as well for extra flavour. I can taste onions in the potato salad as well and thats nice but I would like it to taste of onions a bit more.
I think there is a bit too much sauce because there is double the amount of sauce to potato so I have to scrape some of it away otherwise I get a mouth full of sauce with just one little bit of potato in it and this makes it a bit sickly. I put the rest of the mayonaise sauce on a burger though and that was tasty enough.
There is 14g fat and 180 calories in 100g of this potato salad and that isn't very good because there are only 300g in the hole tub and I think it would be easy to eat the tub in one go. I spose if you scrape a lot of the mayonaise off then you will cut the calories down but the fat contents is still very high.
Tesco Creamy Potato Salad is a must have for your summer barbies this year. If you've not given the store's own version of this popular dish a try before, I really recommend doing so. I honestly can't tell the difference between this and a lot of the luxury versions.
It's fairly cheap at 68p for a 300g tub, or £1.10 for a 600g tub. You can also get this in a Coleslaw and Potato Salad twin pack tub which costs £1.29 for 500g. If you do the math though, it's actually cheaper to buy the two items seperately! They offer the twin pack up for £1 every now and again though so that's worth looking out for.
What makes this potato salad so nice, is firstly the texture of it. The potatoes are always good quality. They're nice and soft, but without tasting like they've been over cooked or anything. The chives in this give it a really nice crisp edge in my mouth, plus the sauce it's covered in is really soft and luxurious to eat.
The flavour of the potato salad is definitely creamier than traditional store's own brand potato salads usually are. It's like a mixture of full fat mayonnaise and cream with a bit of onion and parsley mixed in. There's actually mustard in here too, but I can't say I can particularly taste it.
The only small quibble I have with this, is that there could be a few more potatoes and a little less dressing. It would improve the consistency a bit, and also help to bring down the astronomical fat and calorie content! A single serving contains 180 calories and 14.2g of fat. Not much sugar in here, but a fair bit of salt at 0.7g per serving. And with just 1g of protein per serving, there's not even much about this that could be considered healthy. I guess they shouldn't call it 'salad' really?
Never mind, at least it tastes great!