There are certain things a salad needs to make my husband and kids want to eat it. 🙂 Of course there’s ranch dressing- but it seems to them (especially my son and husband) a salad wouldn’t really be a salad without the croutons! So- with all of the fresh lettuce, cilantro, radishes, spinach, basil, and sage growing in my garden to make nightly salads with- I had to come up with some way to keep croutons available at the house without having to buy them every week. Here’s a simple recipe for those of you who have fresh herbs from gorgeous garden growth like I do and some few day old bread (homemade, storebought, whatever your fancy or whatever you have available).
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1/8 tsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves
- 1/8 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1/4 tsp finely chopped fresh basil leaves
- 2 medium slices of few day old bread (cut into small squares)
- 1 tablespoon of dried minced onions
- 1 tablespoon of garlic salt
Other Possible Additions for Different Flavors:
- Minced Garlic
- Shredded Parmesan cheese
1. Melt butter in microwave in a microwave safe bowl until only liquid. Add minced onions and stir together.
2. Mix together finely chopped sage, thyme, and basil with the garlic salt in another bowl.
3. Dip pieces of bread one at a time into the butter then roll in herb and salt mixture. Place onto a small aluminum foil covered pan to fit into a toaster oven.
4. Once all pieces of bread are coated and placed on pan- top with any other “additions” you have come up with (garlic, cheese, etc).
5. Toast in toaster oven at 420 degrees for about 3 minutes or until browned (not burned).
6. Munch on a couple for a taste test then top your salad! 🙂