|Olive oil croutons|
Two favorite recipes for our salads are Olive Oil Croutons and Creamy Caesar Dressing. Both can be made in minutes with ingredients you usually have on hand. The lemony and Parmesan laced dressing is mixed in a mason jar which allows me to shake up the ingredients and store the dressing in the same container. I make a big batch of croutons hoping that I'll have enough for a couple days.
Freshen up your salads with your own dressing and croutons. You'll never reach from the store bought brands again.
Olive Oil Croutons
1 loaf of French or Italian bread cut in 1-inch cubes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, place the bread cubes and generously drizzle with olive oil. All the cubes should be covered evenly, but not saturated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until the cubes are lightly browned. Watch carefully to insure the cubes do not burn.
Remove the croutons from the oven and allow to cool. Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days.
|All the players|
4 tablespoons of mayonnaise
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon or spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
juice of half a lemon
1 garlic clove, minced
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
In a mason jar, add all the ingredients. Screw on lid and shake to combine. If the dressing seems too thick, add a little more olive oil and shake again. Dressing can be stored in refrigerator for about 1 week.