Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Croutons (Salad Series part 2)

This year is our first year as part of a CSA.  I'm loving all the fresh veggies we get each week, although its definitely challenging me to figure out how to eat some things we wouldn't normally (bok choy, kale, swiss chard, anyone?).  So far we've had lots of fresh lettuces and have been enjoying salads with our meals.  This recipe for croutons is extremely easy and tasty.  My girls love to help me make these and they beg to snack on them as soon as they are cooled and ready to eat.  


Cut bread into bite size pieces.  Mix 3-6 Tbs olive oil with spices (1 tsp garlic salt, onion powder, basil, seasoning salt, Parmesan, or Italian spices) and toss with bread.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, stirring once.  (You can use up old bread or leftover buns.)

Here are my bite size cubes.  We had leftover French bread to use up, but these are just as tasty (and healthier) with wheat bread too.

I started with 1 tsp of each spice but had to add almost twice as much oil and more spices since I was using a good amount of bread.  Its not hard to figure out, just keep adding spices and oil until you have enough.  Be sure the bread all gets covered with oil when you mix it together.

And finally, a blurry picture of the finished product.  My girls have already eaten almost half of this batch for a snack this afternoon.

For more yummy salad ideas check out A Slew of Summer Salads and Laura's Eat More Fruits and Veggies Challenge.  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I LOVE swiss chard!! we cook it down in a skillet with olive oil and garlic...kinda like spinach :)

  2. Hi Christy, I have a great recipe that includes kale. It's Emeril's Tuscan bean soup. (Link below). To make the recipe easier, I just use a bag of the mixed dried beans you can get at the store (throw away the flavor packet). And instead of buying fresh herbs, I use dried. It's really tasty.

    Loving your blog.


  3. We make bok choy like this:

    Heat oil (any kind you like) in a skillet with fresh garlic (2 or 3 cloves, however many you like) once the oil is heated, at the bok choy and cook down for 4 or 5 minutes. Add a little bit of low sodium soy sauce to taste.

    It's yummy! The kid's even love it!

    We'll have to try the recipe for croutons! They look yummy!

  4. Wow! is it an Asian recipe? I think it is, It looks very yummy!


  5. Are you talking about my bok choy recipe? It is Asain :)