Campaign for Real Salad: Waitrose Tuna Nicoise Salad

In continuation of my Campaign for Real Salad (sign the petition here!) I have moved my focus away from Tesco and decided to have a look at what other supermarkets have on offer. The Waitrose Tuna Nicoise Salad caught me eye as an example of a packaged salad with an unecessarily high fat content.

A single serve pack?

Here we find a calorie value of 258kcals per pack – not a bad total for a lunch when you are looking after your diet. Very commendable. But perhaps there is a little too much French dressing (water, rapeseed oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, salt, parsley, garlic purée, black pepper) meaning this salad has nearly 13.5g of fat in it. Nearly a fifth of my daily fat intake. Admittedly, there is an egg, and 40g of tuna – probably containing around 4 or 5g of fat, so that means the dressing is adding 8 or so grams of fat to the dish. 

How about substituting with a tub of this little recipe from www.fatfree.com?

Makes 3 tbsp

2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp made-up mild mustard
freshly-ground black pepper to taste

Put it all in a screw-top jar and shake well. Keep it in the fridge
and shake before serving.
If you think too much additional fat is being added to prepacked salads by the supermarkets, 
making the healthy option into a battleground for hidden fats, sign the petition here. 


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