homemade parmesan croutons with superfood salad
Have I mentioned that I am relieved fall is almost here? Yes, in just about every recent post. The summer heat really got to me this last month or so in the desert. I’m excited to lose my hermit in the AC ways and get back outside as much as possible. While the heat is letting up here in Palm Springs, the days still have a high in the 90s, okay, today’s high was 105. Needless to say, working out in this heat can be a real drag and once I’m done, reaching for a heavy food is unacceptable. Today we go superfood salad with some delicious homemade herbed parmesan croutons.
Refueling after a workout is really important, but the last thing I want after a sweaty routine is a heavy meal. Like, literally the last thing I want. Salads are my go-to post-workout meal, especially those loaded with superfoods. I’m pretty busy these days, though, so convenience is king. Prepping a perfect salad can take some time, so pre-packed kits are a very appealing option.
I find the typical salad kit extremely underwhelming. Is it just me or are salad-in-a-bag products very stingy with everything other than the greens? Well, not these gorgeous salad kits from Eat Smart. Not only are the greens mega fresh, but they contain tons of the other fresh ingredients, plus generous portions of toppings and dressing. Post-workout lunch today? Wild Greens & Quinoa salad with Avocado Herb Dressing + homemade croutons!
The green mix in this kit is kale and beet greens – really fab for those of us who appreciate a bitter green. Julienned carrots are accompanied by julienned broccoli stalk (ya know, that part that most people throw away but shouldn’t!) and julienned red cabbage. I heard someone describe broccoli stalks one time as a “highway of nutrition” so if you are still throwing them away, please don’t!
In separate topping pouches, you’ll find crispy quinoa, sliced almonds, feta cheese (see above) and a really delicious avocado herb dressing. This is a salad with a lot of wow factor and if I purchased it for lunch at a restaurant, I’d be happy. It contains 7 superfoods so it is perfect for your pre or post-workout meal. Top with my homemade croutons and dig in!
I don’t know about you, but I judge the success of a salad by its variety and amount of texture. Greens may be the base, but the other mixed in ingredients are what make the salad amazing. While the fancy salad kit I’m sharing today has plenty of crunchy textures, I just had to take my day old bread and toast up some perfect croutons!
Every time I go to the grocery store at night I head over to the bakery. They are practically giving away the day’s bread come evening so I’ll grab a couple loaves of French bread and make croutons. We are a huge salad-eating family and eat our greens most every day. The first time I made homemade croutons for the family, I apparently agreed to continue making croutons for life. The fam won’t allow otherwise.
I just started playing around with my crouton creations and I’ll share some different flavor combos very soon, but today, we’re going classic. Classic croutons to me are herbed and covered in parmesan. Bagged croutons cannot compare to the homemade kind – and so easy! 15 minutes in the oven with your old bread <– even the busiest mom can handle that!
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Homemade Herbed Parmesan Croutons
- 1 loaf day old French bread (or other) cut into cubes
- 4 Tbl olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Herbs de Provence
- 2 Tbl freshly grated parmesan
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine olive oil and seasonings in a large mixing bowl. Dump in bread cubes and with a spatula, coat the bread with the oil mixture.
- Pour out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread out.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until crispy and lightly browned.
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