Make Croutons!

Make Croutons!

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Using ciabatta, sourdough, a baguette, or a white loaf of bread (the kind with a good crust, not the pre-sliced sandwich bread), slice a piece, crosswise, for each person dining (or two pieces if using a baguette). Cut into bite-size cubes. Toss the cubes in
a baking pan with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and fresh herbs, if desired.

Bake the croutons for 10 to 15 minutes or until crispy. Cool and then add to salad.
Toss with dressing.

Cook’s note: I like to toss the salad and let it sit a few minutes before serving so that the dressing can be absorbed by the croutons a little. That way the croutons are still crunchy, but also have a softness that seeps out flavor as you eat them. These are especially good with the Garlic-Dijon dressing.

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