Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Trader Joe's Mega Crunchy Salad With a Bite
I almost can't believe I even bought this stuff. I had never heard of adzuki beans or jicama, and I still have only the vaguest idea what they are. But on some trips to Trader Joe's, I just get overcome with a compulsion to TRY ALL THE THINGS!
When I buy a TJ's prepared salad that comes with its own dressing, I always use it, rather than my usually preferred dressings. I want to get the whole experience that their chefs have put together for me, and judge it as a gestalt, rather than as individual components.
I did that here, and it may have been the salad's undoing. The cilantro dressing was, I dunno, off somehow, and I think it may have been what spoiled the overall experience for me. I tried a bit of each of the many ingredients of the salad separately, and found none objectionable. But when put all together, it just didn't work. It was too much, as if the final product was trying to be too many things at once, with the components not playing nicely together. Like an unrehearsed orchestra or something.
Will I buy it again?
No. It seems to have been a bold, interesting culinary experiment, but I think it was not a successful one.