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Tried and Tested.. Balsamic salad dressings Shop Talk HIGH STREET BUYER'S GUIDE.

Byline: Ruki Sayid, consumer editor

Newman's Own Balsamic Vinaigrette (250ml), pounds 1.33

Thin and light, and after shaking the oil separated and formed a puddle at the bottom of the salad bowl. Has a peppery bite and a hint of balsamic. Summery and inoffensive.

7/10

Tesco Finest Balsamic Dressing (255ml), pounds 1.27

A thick, rich brown dressing with a mustard kick. Sweet at first and then it takes on a steely personality which punches a salad into submission. A bit on the harsh side. 6/10

Hellman's Balsamic Vinaigrette (235ml), pounds 1.17

In a neat bottle with a spout so it pours easily, but it looks like chocolate sauce. The lemon and onions give it a tang but it doesn't taste fresh and has a plastic aftertaste. Unimpressive.

5/10

Pizza Express Balsamic Dressing (240ml), pounds 1.95

A good consistency and a tasty blend. Sharp but lifts limp lettuce and revives soggy tomatoes. Very peppery and will brighten up a salad and work well splashed on to barbecue food.10/10

English Provender Co Balsamic Italian Dressing (255g), pounds 1.30

Looks like gravy, and the strong taste of parmesan, oregano and mustard lends itself more to meat than salad. An acquired taste that may go better with pasta. 4/10
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jul 16, 2008
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