I have a long relationship with real salami; I remember eating it on delicious baguettes when I was in Paris, a happy memory both in terms of the food and the company on that trip. However, but I've been looking for a suitable alternative with less fat and fewer calories than regular salami. Yves brand has a slew of meatless options, and although I'm not vegetarian, I thought Yves Meatless Deli Salami Slices would be worth trying.
At first glance, you can tell that this is very different in appearance from 'regular' salami. It's pinker, with a less marbled red-and-white appearance. The taste is also different - it doesn't have that sharp bite that real meat has, yet it was enjoyable. I had it plain so I can only imagine how much more delicious it would be when incorporated into a sandwich.
When I read Jessica's review of Lightlife Smart Deli Pepperoni, I couldn't wait to try it. I love pepperoni - on pizza, in sandwiches, as well as by itself. Since I could easily see myself eating an entire package, the fact that would only be eating 200 calories worth of protein-packed goodness was highly appealing. When I went to the grocery store to look for the product though, I couldn't find it! What I did find, however, was Yves Meatless Pepperoni. At $2.49, the price was comparable to Jessica's find.
As for the taste, I found that like Lightlife Smart Deli Pepperoni, it wasn't exactly like pepperoni; it lacked a certain something unique to real meat, something I couldn't put my finger on. The spices were really good, but the texture was very "imitation meat." It also left a strange aftertaste in my mouth, something that I wasn't too happy about.