Crispy Crouton Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
Nothing says “summer“ at our house like this unique salad! It’s also a great way to use up fresh basil and tomatoes from the garden. I’ve brought it to many women’s luncheons at church, and it’s still a much-requested favorite. --LaNae Sanchez, Canyon Country, California

Updated: Sep. 22, 2022

Crispy Crouton Salad

Prep Time 20 min
Yield 8 servings.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cubed Italian bread
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 ounces cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh basil
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white or brown balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Place bread cubes in a single layer in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 450° for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring twice. Cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, mozzarella, yellow pepper and basil. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with croutons.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 205 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

Nothing says “summer“ at our house like this unique salad! It’s also a great way to use up fresh basil and tomatoes from the garden. I’ve brought it to many women’s luncheons at church, and it’s still a much-requested favorite. --LaNae Sanchez, Canyon Country, California