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Greens with Homemade Croutons Recipe

Greens with Homemade Croutons Recipe

A lively salad of fresh greens gets a flavorful boost from homemade croutons baked with tarragon, thyme and basil. — Ann Bush, Colorado City, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 slices day-old French bread (1/2 inch thick), cubed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • DRESSING:
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash celery salt
  • SALAD:
  • 2 cups spring mix salad greens
  • 2 cups torn romaine or fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place bread cubes in a bowl. Drizzle with butter; toss lightly. Sprinkle with seasonings; toss to combine. Arrange in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 14-18 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients. In a large bowl, combine salad ingredients. Just before serving, drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Top with croutons. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups equals 265 calories, 23 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 386 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.