Zesty Crouton Salad Recipe
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Zesty Crouton Salad Recipe

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“It takes no time at all to prepare the few ingredients for this recipe. And everyone loves the resulting combination of tastes and textures. This salad pairs well with everything from grilled entrees to pasta!” Valerie Smith - Aston, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1-1/2 cups salad croutons
  • 4 pieces string cheese, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 158 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 346mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Crouton Salad in Simple & Delicious January/February 2009, p37

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Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"Wonderful flavors"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"Very quick and easy and very tasty, even the next day!"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"My husband and I are watching calories and carbs. This is a tasty and filling salad. I added some diced cucumbers and chopped sweet red onion. Very Good."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"Wonderful. Red wine or Balsamic is good. Also, I whisk the wine, oil and garlic in a separate bowl before adding to the salad. Another reviewer was right, add the croutons just before serving. Thanks for a good summer salad. Or anytime you want something refreshing!"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"Everyone raved over it! Every time I make it, there is nothing left. Great for picnics and bbqs. Just make sure you wait to add the croutons until you are just about to serve it."

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