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Homemade Croutons How-To

homemade croutons on a salad
Shake up your salads! Use breadsticks to make homemade croutons. MORE+ LESS-
By Arlene Cummings

Homemade croutons make a wonderful topping to any salad, and the kids just love them. Store-bought croutons are okay, but I love making my own. Sometimes I use seasoned stale bread, but many times I reach for a roll of Pillsbury® refrigerated breadsticks. This recipe is super simple.

Plus, you can get creative with the seasonings. My favorite way to make them is with dried salad dressing mix, like ranch or Italian and olive oil. Let me show you how easy it is.

tube of Pillsbury Breadsticks, a bowl with oil and a bowl with dried salad dressing mix

Unroll each breadstick and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

unrolled breadsticks that have been cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Place on a baking pan that has been greased with olive oil. Sprinkle them with the salad dressing mix and some more olive oil. Halfway through the baking process, I toss them so that they get golden and crispy on all sides.

breadstick cubes on a greased cookie sheet and sprinkled with salad dressing mix. baked breadstick cubes on a cookie sheet.

Sometimes I sprinkle them with some Parmesan cheese before baking. Or for added taste, use the garlic-flavored breadsticks.

Homemade croutons keep well, too. I store leftovers at room temperature in a plastic bag or plastic container. Next time you make a salad, try these croutons and see what a difference they make. You may find that your kids eat more salads just so you will make these croutons!

a plate with a salad topped with homemade croutons