When A started asking for more salads in our daily meals, I knew this was gonna be a culinary skill I need to learn if I want to keep making healthier meal plans.
Sure, it’d be easier to buy several bottles of salad dressing, but then I’d never learn how to make from scratch. Also, given that salad dressings are quite expensive here in a non-salad eating country, I wouldn’t want to be stuck with a bottle of dressing that I ended up not liking.
Aside from greens and dressings, another part of salad-making (that I later learned from Pinterest) was adding texture. This was especially interesting to me since I sometimes dislike food based on its texture. (For example, I’m not fond of kiwis, raw ripe tomatoes, and any fruit that’s quite mushy. I like my fruit crisp and crunchy.)
And what could be the easiest way to add crunch on a salad? CROUTONS. I googled how to make croutons, and finally ended up making my own! Yay!
I had leftover whole wheat sliced bread ever since we switched to salad dinners (from sandwich dinners) so I knew I’d better use that than buy bread as suggested on recipes.
This is probably the best way to use stale bread.
The longest I’ve stored it in the fridge was two weeks, in an airtight container. I’d never know how long it’ll last because I always end up snacking on it (especially with cream cheese!)
Super easy way to make croutons at home, using regular sliced bread, even stale ones!
Tip: Cut bread into a variety of sizes to use different ways: salads, soups, or even just to snack on!
- 4 slices of bread
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- a generous dash of dried oregano, optional
- a pinch of salt and pepper
- Cut sliced bread into desired size. I normally cut one into about sixteen pieces.
- In a mixing bowl, mix oil, oregano (or your choice of herb), and salt and pepper.
- Swirl oil mixture to coat the inside of the bowl. (While optional, this step helps avoid drenching the first few pieces of bread you throw in.)
- Add cubed bread and toss until fully coated.
- Spread bread cubes on a baking sheet, and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for ten minutes (more if you’d like your croutons more toasted).
- Let cool and store in an airtight container, ready for use anytime!