We are tying to eat more greens and salads these days, but I always need a little crunch on my salads. It is good to mix it up by adding nuts, sesame sticks, and croutons. However, the ingredients in some of these things are less than desirable.
Making your own croutons is easy and inexpensive. You can make double or triple the amount of a store bought package with one baguette and a little oil and herbs & spices.
Making salads with my kiddos is always fun, too. Here is what my five-year old created on her own last night (notice the smiley face in the salad???):
How to make homemade croutons:
Slice and cut one baguette into small, crouton-sized pieces and put in a bowl. Drizzle about 1/2 to 1 tsp of olive oil over the pieces and toss to coat all of them.
Sprinkle on about 1/4 tsp dried basil, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, and a pinch of salt and ground black pepper on top, then toss again to coat all pieces with seasonings.
Spread on a baking tray and broil for about 1-2 minutes, watching carefully and turning pieces with tongs every 30 seconds or so.
Set aside in a bowl to cool and store in an air tight container for up to a week. Enjoy!