How to Make Homemade Croutons

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Now that we are home from vacation my husband and I feel a desperate need to start eating healthy again! Too much meat, fried foods, desserts and alcohol were consumed over the last two weeks. I have stocked up on salad ingredients and we will be eating a lot of greenery in the coming weeks. My son’s favorite part of the salad is (of course!) the croutons on top. Croutons are nothing but toasted and flavored bread so I have no idea why the cost so darn much at the grocery store! Homemade croutons would be much cheaper, right?

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homemade croutons in salad

I decided to save myself some money (and skip the artificial ingredients!) and make homemade croutons instead. All you really need for homemade croutons is bread, olive oil/butter, and  your seasonings of choice. You can use all olive oil when toasting your homemade croutons if you like. If you do choose to add butter,  be careful to watch them carefully so they don’t get too brown. Once you have finished toasting just let them cool and store your homemade croutons in a sealed container. Use within a week or two on top of a tasty salad! If you are looking for other ways to kick up your salad check out Salads Aren’t Boring on Pinterest!

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Easy Homemade Croutons Recipe

Yield: 4 cups

How to Make Homemade Croutons

How to Make Homemade Croutons

Crunchy and flavorful way to top your salad without paying a fortune for store bought!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 4 cups of your choice of bread, cut into cubes. Remove crust if desired.
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil or melted butter or a combination of the two (I used half and half)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs. I used a combination of oregano and basil
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Combine the olive oil, melted butter (if using), herbs and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Drizzle half of the olive oil mixture onto a cookie sheet with raised sides
  3. Dump your bread cubes onto the cookie sheet.
  4. Drizzle the bread cubes with the remaining olive oil mixture
  5. Using a large spatula toss the bread crumbs several times to completely coat all sides
  6. Spread the croutons out on your cookie sheet
  7. Bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Mix ever 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and pour into large bowl.
  9. Sprinkle with Parmesan and toss to coat.
  10. Place back on the cookie sheet to cool completely.
  11. Add to top of salad
  12. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


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  1. I like making my own crotons, it's so easy why would ya not want to? Thanks for sharing. I hope your having a great day.
  2. Love this idea. My mom used to make these on the stove in butter and put them on top of egg noodles.
    • I definitely like the flavor of butter...I used half butter half olive oil for a combination of flavor and higher burn point.
  3. The best part of these is that you can size them to your liking!! I HATE the huge croutons that take up your entire mouth - if you can even fit them in! I was able to make these much smaller so I could enjoy a crouton with my lettuce/veggies... Thank you!
    • I didnt even think of that but yes, some of those store bought ones are HUGE and even TOO hard! These were just right!

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