After eating all those rich holiday foods, my body craves salad. Now, there is no reason to jump feet first into the deep end of health-nut eating straight away. You can still enjoy a small splurge now and then to help wean yourself off of the fattening and sugary meals your body has grown accustomed to over the last few weeks! My go-to post-Christmas meal is a fresh, green caesar salad with croutons. This salad goes great with many holiday leftovers like turkey and ham. Make the salad extra delicious with this simple, homemade garlic crouton recipe.
- 6 Slices Bread
- 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 tsp. Dried Parsley Flakes
- Table Knife
- Non-Stick Baking Sheet
- Small Bowl or Measuring Dish
- Medium Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Spoons
- Preheat oven to 300°F and prepare ingredients.
- Bread can be fresh or about day-old; per your diet preference, select white, whole grain, wheat, gluten-free or low-carb bread. Trim the crusts off the bread slices and cube the bread with a table knife to about 1” square.
- Measure and combine olive oil, garlic powder, salt and parsley into a small dish. Stir mixture until garlic powder is dissolved.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, use a spoon or spatula to toss the olive oil mixture with the bread cubes until the bread is evenly coated.
- Place the bread cubes in a single layer across a non-stick baking sheet.
- Bake at 300°F for 15 minutes, stir the croutons, then bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the croutons are crispy and golden brown.
- Allow the croutons to cool. Serve in a tossed salad, or store the croutons in an airtight container to be used later.