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Easy Homemade Salad Croutons

Our garden is still producing a good amount of lettuce, so we are eating lots of salads as side dishes. But sometimes you want to dress up a salad. We love to add sunflower seeds, extra vegetables and we love croutons. The little bit of extra crunch, those crispy squares of flavor add to the salad, make a salad that much better.

Easy to make homemade croutons | Frugal Family Home

We usually can’t purchase croutons at the store, since most of them contain dairy. I’m the only one who can eat diary at our house, so I needed to come up with a good alternative for my family.


So many bread products have diary in them, either butter, milk or sometimes cheese. I can find a few kinds of bread my family can eat at our local bread store but often I’ll will make my own dairy free, egg free bread. The homemade bread is what I usually use to make these delicious croutons.

Whether it’s bread from the store, like I used in these photos or homemade bread, these croutons are really easy to make and packed with flavor too.

Quick recipe for salad croutons | Frugal Family Home

How to Make Homemade Croutons

Step 1 Cut the bread into chunks. If it’s sliced bread from the store, cut it up into squares. If it’s homemade bread, I like to cut a couple of thick slices and then cut it into squares.

Step 2 Heat some dairy free butter or oil in a skillet. I will either use olive oil or Earth Balance butter. Both work well. Just use what you have on hand.

Step 3 Toss the bread cubes into the melted butter and stir to coat them.

Step 4 Sprinkle the buttered cubes with the seasonings. I like to use garlic powder, parsley and salt. Parmesan cheese is also good to add, if you don’t need to go dairy free.

Easy to make salad croutons | Frugal Family Home

Step 5 Brown the croutons in the skillet over medium heat. I let the croutons sit on one side for a few minute and when they start to crisp up and brown on that side. I’ll give them a stir to brown the next side. Continue until the croutons are nice and brown.

Quick and Easy Croutons Recipe | Frugal Family Home

These croutons turn out nice and crunchy on the outside but still a little soft in the middle. If you like stronger flavors add a little more seasoning. Pepper is also a nice addition to the spices for a little more kick.

Easy Homemade Croutons

Easy Homemade Salad Croutons

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Shelly


  • 2 slices of bread preferably thick slices, cut into squares
  • 2 tablespoons Dairy Free Butter or Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper optional


  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the bread cubes to the melted butter and stir to coat.
  • Mix spices together and sprinkle on top of butter bread cubes.
  • Cook bread cubes over medium heat stirring often until golden brown.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.


What yummy extras do you like to add to your salad?

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