Sunday, 28 May 2017

SALAD TASTE TEST

Since I'm currently on a bit of health kick lately, I've become well accustomed to a homemade salad. As much as I know the economic benefit of making my own, it can all get a bit dull so when Greggs* got in touch and asked if I'd test salads from different retailers for a taste test, I was well on board. 

Pret A Manger

What: Chef's Specials Italian Chicken salad 

Quite honestly, this one didn't look like it was going to be that appetising. I was also horrified at the price - nearly £5 for a salad? It's hard enough to convince yourself to eat healthily as it is! Pret's salad had a lot of lettuce compared to all the other components when really, you want a bit more of a balance. More chicken and sauce was definitely needed though I really liked the added touches of the olives and pistachios - it made lunch feel a whole lot fancier.  

Rating: 3/5
 

Starbucks

What: Firecracker chicken and giant couscous

Ok so there was never going to be a way I could possibly make this dish photograph well whatsoever. But what can you do eh? It was certainly packed with flavour, containing chilli, soy and apple bulgogi sauce, red pepper, mange tout and chargrilled chillies. The variety of textures was a welcome change from the much crunching you do with a traditional salad. While this was certainly an alternative salad, I didn't enjoy the couscous however and it actually made me appreciate the humble lettuce.  

Rating: 2/5

Greggs

What: Honey roast ham, egg and potato salad

While it certainly didn't look the most exciting, it pleased me to discover that Gregg's salad was freshly made that day. It's not nice to think food products such as salads have been hanging around on the shelf for a few days. Extra points are awarded here for including a fork as well as a pot for the dijon mustard. There was a lot of different components to dig into with this salad and I approved of the addition of the potato salad which tasty to eat with the vegetables. 

Rating: 4/5

M&S

What: Basil chicken with creamy tomato pasta salad

I was impressed with the lovely big portion of salad from M&S. I didn't finish it all and feel it would work nicely as a side dish for another meal if so desired. The creamy sauce was sweet and tangy but there was quite a lot of it. I prefer sauces like this to come in a pot so you can be the boss and decide how much or little you want. The flavours worked incredibly well together and I loved the basil chicken, it was just a shame there wasn't very much of it! I really like the little bit of everything in this salad though and found it made my healthier eating a lot more enjoyable. 

Rating: 4.5/5


And so concludes my week of salad testing! M&S just about scooped the top spot with their tasty basil chicken although as with everything, personal preference is always going to play a role. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and reckon I could make a career of it...though perhaps chocolate tasting? 

*This post is in collaboration with Greggs. Read more on my disclaimer here.

Emily x

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18 comments

  1. This is such an interesting post, Greggs certainly doesn't look as pretty as the others but it's great that it tastes delicious and it's affordable!

    Lauren x Huggled

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  2. I agree, the greggs one doesn't look that good, but taste is always most important with a salad so it's great it impressed you there! :) I always order a massive salad when I'm working in the office, and then take the leftovers home and add a few more leaves of lettuce to have something yummy for lunch the next day too! :)

    Hope you have had a great weekend! :)

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  3. I love salads too but they are so expensive, if I order while at the office it costs 6-7 euros which is sad, it's lettuce and tomato for god's sake!!! My favourite combo is tomato, cucumber, avocado, oregano and fetta, so delicious!! x

    Yiota
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  4. OMG! This post makes me crave for salad!!! I'm trying to eat healthy and I think this post is what I really needed! Thanks for sharing. :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
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  5. Why do I know crave Salad haha! It's totally down to you Emily, and your stunning photographs. I have to say, even though I'm a vegetarian, the M&S one looks so tasty x

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  6. I like it when you do these tests! I think Gregg's looks the most appealing to me personally. Seems nice and protein heavy! Which I really like in my salads. I've been to a few Pret a Mangers in London, and I was never a fan of what they had. It all seems so overpriced for what you get. They also made a latte that I literally had to throw in the garbage haha. There are much better options out there for sure! :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  7. Great post! I had never seen this type of post before so found it really interesting. I love salad too so will definitely try Greggs for salad.

    Gemma x
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  8. Great taste test, I've had Gregg's salads before and they're pretty good x
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  9. Yum! I love salads but I hate making them. They taste bland and horrible when I try to attempt something. Even with store brought dressing. I can never get it right

    Sxx
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  10. I'm with you on the price of Pret salads, they're eye watering! I do really like the look of the simple gregs salad though :)

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  11. Oh wow! These salads all look yummy :) Didn't knew starbucks serves them as well. They do not have it in my country's local starbucks.

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  12. That last salad looks amazing. Although I'm all about pasta salad - less salad, more pasta haha. It's hard to get excited about salad, so when there's something else in there that's a treat, it's a bonus.

    xx Yasmin
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    1. I'm definitely with you there Yasmin, I am aaaaalll about the pasta!

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  13. That basil chicken looks good! I'm surprised by the Gregg's one, will have to check it out! x

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  14. I am drooling!! These all look so yummy :)

    Allie
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  15. Haha chocolate tasting would be amazing, count me in! I actually liked the look of the Pret a Manger salad the most, but I think on flavours I would have probably gone for M&S. Enjoy the rest of your week :) xx

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  16. Great post! Never bought a greggs salad before (I love their pastry too much) but I love an M&S one!

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  17. The one from M&S looks so tasty, but I do like the one Gregg's do with Coucous and Falafel.

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