I much prefer to do my food shopping in store than online, although it is less convenient for when I’m busy. But I find it’s a great opportunity to discover new products that I would not necessarily have found and some must have bargains too.
Yesterday I glanced at my local Tesco’s store-cupboard clearance corner to find two new Vegan salad dressing staring me in the face, which were £1.25 each to clear, so only available in stores while stocks last. My Tesco is only small, so if I found them, I would say you have a good chance of finding them for yourself. I believe they were half price and don’t expire until March next year. And because I bought these dressings, it goes without saying, this review is in no way a paid ad and reflects my honest opinion.
I will always have a place in on my shelf for natural and healthy salad dressings, particularly when I’ve made the effort in the first place for a nutritious and clean healthy lunch.
I hope to see more of this brand and the reason being is that their salad dressings are unique and intense. There are so many on the market these days that are average and follow suit with the public majority’s tastebuds. We’ve all had a Caeser dressing, French vinaigrette, or salad cream if that’s how simple you want to take things, but these combinations say they’re risk takers and not afraid to stand out and be individual. I may have thought twice about buying them otherwise, despite it saying vegan.
So let’s talk about first impressions!
I love the bottle design and to be honest, I am always saving pretty bottles and jars to recycle with homemade chutneys, jams, dressings for me or hamper gifts and think I will turning these in to my new smoothie drinking glasses; they resemble a unique milk bottle and think they’d look pretty with straws poking out. And getting back to the talk of smoothies, that is exactly my first thought of how the dressing looked and sounded. I also love seeing the bottle when it has stood for a while and the mxture separates, like jam at the bottom of a yoghurt before you stir or shake it.
I’ve never had a sweet fruit dressing to my knowledge until now and raspberry with sweet basil left me pondering with curiosity. And as I’ve been creating so many soup and quinoa recipes with fresh root ginger as of late, then this bottle was simply talking to me the moment I past it in the aisle.
After checking our their website (as it was a brand I’d never come across before), I noticed their range consists of 5 flavour combinations in total; the others being a vegan Caper & Peppercorn, Lemon & Mustard Seed, and a Vegetarian only Blue Cheese & Cider Dressing. Sadly the two dressings I review are all I could find and so maybe the others had sold out, or Tesco had only agreed to trial two of them. However, if I’d have seem the rest, I would have bought them all to try.
They are made in the UK with no preservatives with no artificial ingredients which already wins my vote! They also do a range of handy travel sized single serving 50ml pots which admittedly I have also never seen before but seem to be quite popular from people posting on their Facebook page. However, I personally prefer the more calories controlled 15ml per salad and am guessing my way would be cheaper for me, but can see its benefits for those making a packed lunch for work.
What do they taste like?
1. Raspberry & Sweet Basil: Gluten Free & 100% Vegan
Initially when trying both, this came out as my favourite and was curious about the raspberry vinegar blend as I love making dressings and chutneys with cider or white wine vinegar. It tastes like a sweet nutritious smoothie and the vinegar gives it its important acidity. With this blend, it works just as well with an apple and nut based fruit salad or a savoury one. I can also taste the subtle hint of mustard for a better balance and more depth and love the sweet basil, which is possibly my favourite herb but it isn’t overpowering. If you love raspberries and basil, then don’t hesitate to try this. You don’t have to be vegan, and it’s certainly doesn’t taste it either and works out at 48 calories per tablespoon.
2. Ginger & Toasted Sesame Dressing: 100% Vegan
I had to sample this dressing twice. Initially, I felt inbetween about the combination and it’s aftertaste from the Tahini (sesameseed butter), but after sampling the raspberry, I went back to this one for the depth. I love nuts and seeds and this one is packed full of a luxurious rich buttery/oily texture that I am more sold on. It says sweet warm ginger and sour vinegar and nutty taste, like a rich satay sauce and is naturally a little bit more sinful at 66 calories per tablespoon. We really do have a chalk and cheese set of flavours here, mood dependant and if I could only pick one, it would be this for its rich depth and more importantly, they are healthy and a cut above the rest.
Note: I don’t normally buy salad dressings these days due to price tags of so many and generally prefer creating my own basic ones using lemon, chilli, natural yoghurt and vinegar, but knowing these were so accessible, are 100% natural, vegan and I didn’t have to take a separate trip to Holland & Barratts, I am in love.
If you get the opportunity to buy these new dressings, then I would not hesitate (and please let me know if you’ve tried or try them and what you think! Here is a list of stockists for the UK and US which you might find useful, but note my town isn’t on here and I found mine in my sleepy town’s Tesco.
I have a feeling these will be in my May favourites at the end of the month!
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