Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The High Street Salad Taste Test

Greggs recently asked me to try their brand new range of salads and rate them... But to put them to the real test they also asked me to compare the salad to other popular competitors! Read on to see how they scored..

Greggs

Their new range includes; 'Falafel and Houmous Salad', 'Honey Roast Ham and Free Range Egg Salad', 'Chargrill chicken Salad' and 'Teriyaki Chicken Noodle Salad'. I picked up the Teriyaki Chicken Noodle Salad (£3), and at 256 calories this light lunch is perfect for an on the go, healthy yet filling alternative to your usual Greggs sausage roll! This one consisted of free range egg noodles, with edamame beans, peppers, peas and rocket with a pulled Teriyaki style chicken breast and a soy chilli and honey dressing. It didn't sacrifice on flavour and the portion was just right!
Score: 4.5/5

Marks and Spencer

I'd usually grab a tomato and feta salad from Marks and Spencer's but to keep it fair I opted for a Sweet Chilli Chicken Noodle Salad. Unfortunately I personally found this salad a bit of a let down. Lacking in chicken pieces and flavour I didn't bother finishing my portion, and rocking in at £3.80 and 342 calories it was slightly more than the Greggs.
 Score: 2.5/5

Pret A Manger

Would you believe that I had never tried food at Pret A Manger! So I was rather looking forward to giving them a go. They seemed to have a nice selection of salads, but nothing too similar to the noodle one so I chose their Chef's Italian Chicken Salad. This one was really good, filled me up and had lots of bits in it like Kalamata Olives and Toasted Pistachios. On the down side it was £4.50 and it didn't have any nutritional values on the packaging which is frustrating if you're trying to keep an eye on what you're consuming. After a bit of online researching I discovered that it has a total of 577 calories in (including the dressing).
 Score: 3.5/5

Starbucks

Surprisingly disappointing salad from Starbucks, and that's saying something as I usually love a trip to Starbucks. I popped into different locations on numerous occasions and their salad range was sold out/very limited every time. In the end I went for a Rainbow Chicken Salad (364 calories) and found that the coriander was too over powering and the other flavourings were very bland, and at £3.99 that was a bit of a let down. However, I wont hold it against Starbucks as I know they are famous for their coffees, not salads!
Score: 1.5/5

Boots

Finally I tried Boots' Shapers Katsu Style Chicken Curry Salad complete with rice noodles, baby corn and lime & coriander slaw. The chicken curry flavours were tasty, but I did feel like I was eating 'diet food', however, at 146 calories you can see why. It was also only £3 and is part of the meal deal option in Boots.
Score: 4/5

Overall I think that Greggs came out on top, not just for value for money, but also for taste! Closly followed by Boots (mainly for calories & value for money) and Pret A Manger (for taste and portion). If you get to try Greggs new range of salads then let me know in the comments what you think!


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