Homemade Croutons Recipe To Top Your Next Salad

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Homemade croutons recipe to top your next salad. Quick and easy croutons to add a bit of crunch to any salad dish.

I stopped buying croutons.

Several years ago I just decided to stop buying them. Oh, we had good intentions to eat them with our salads but sometimes salads come in phases. Leaving half eaten bags of croutons in the pantry to go stale.

And they would. I guess the majority of people would probably throw away the old bag once a new one came into the house, but not us. No. I would hoard them along with their different seasonings in hopes to what? One day eat them?

No way was I doing that! I now had a new bag to use! and so the vicious cycle began.

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Ok, so the croutons stopped making it into the grocery cart but the craving for the crunch never really went away. You know what else we like to buy? French bread.

See where we’re going here. Basically we already had croutons in the house, we just needed to make them. And thankfully they are super easy and quick.

HOMEMADE CROUTONS

Ingredients

  • French bread
  • olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt
Homemade croutons with olive oil and Italian seasoning.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 400° F

Preheat oven to 400°F. Slice about a half loaf of french bread into 3/4 inch cubes. You’ll want approximately 3 cups of bread.

Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking silicon mat.

DRIZZLE OLIVE OIL & SEASONING

Drizzle with 3 TBS of olive oil and sprinkle with 1 TBS Italian seasoning.

Toss to cover.

Cubed French bread with seasoning.

BAKE 8-12 MINUTES

Bake in a preheated 400° F oven for 8-12 minutes taking care to flip the croutons with a spatula halfway through.

Continue to bake until golden brown and allow to cool.

Homemade toasted croutons fresh out of the oven.

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What to put croutons on?

  • soups
  • salads
  • chili
  • casseroles
  • stuffing

What bread tastes best for homemade croutons?

Some of our favorite breads to make croutons are French bread, Italian bread and sourdough.

Homemade croutons in a large BLT salad.

What other flavors can I use for my croutons?

  • garlic
  • parmesan cheese
  • Romano cheese
  • cheddar cheese
  • sprinkle of dry ranch seasoning

LEFTOVERS

Store in an air tight container at room temperature for 3-5 days.

I’m happy to say that croutons have made a huge comeback in this house! Making for the perfect topping in our BLT salads.

Homemade Croutons

Quick and easy croutons to add a bit of crunch to any salad dish.
Prep Time6 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salad, side dish
Servings: 8
Calories: 116kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 French bread
  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 1 TBS Italian seasoning
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Slice about a half loaf of french bread into 3/4 inch cubes. You'll want approximately 3 cups of bread.
  • Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking silicone mat.
  • Drizzle with 3 TBS of olive oil and sprinkle with 1 TBS Italian seasoning.
  • Toss to cover.
  • Bake in a preheated 400° F oven for 8-12 minutes taking care to flip the croutons with a spatula halfway through.
  • Bake until golden brown and allow to cool.

Notes

* Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will very based off of brands of ingredients used and cooling methods. 

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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