Campaign for Real Salad: Sainsbury’s Classic Salad with Creamy Chive Dressing

Have you signed the Campaign for Real Salad Petition yet? If you think that Sainsbury’s classic salad doesn’t need 35.2g of creamy chive dressing added to it, which takes the total fat in a pack to 19.2g, then you should sign it now.

According to the Sainsbury’s website, the Creamy Chive Dressing contains: Rapeseed Oil, Single Cream (from Cows’ Milk), Water, Pasteurised Free Range Egg Yolk, Chive, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Lemon Juice, Salt, Mustard Flour, Mustard Seed Husk, Pimento, White Pepper, Mustard Powder, Turmeric.

That means that rapeseed oil and cream are the main ingredients in this dressing. And so much of it, for relatively little salad. On the website, Sainsbury’s give the nutritional information per half a pack – but as I’ve said before, why make a non-reasealable tub, bowl shaped, just enough for one person if you’re only supposed to have half. More to the point, why don’t they include less dressing – let’s say something that contains under 5g of fat say, rather than something that provides 27% of my recommended daily fat intake?

Why is salad not the fresh, healthy, convenient choice?

Why not provide us with less dressing (making the product healthier, and cheaper!) and make the dressing low fat? There are recipe ideas out there that taste just as good. What about this creamy chive dressing with non-fat greek yoghurt as a base instead of oil and cream?


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