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Cherub Tomatoes Crouton Salad

Crouton salad recipe is a simple and delicious tossed veggie salad that will go with any meal. Here the croutons are made in an air fryer.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 282.62kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Salad Bowl
  • Small Pan

Ingredients

To make the croutons

  • 4 slices bread
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings
  • salt

To prepare the salad

  • 10 oz NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes
  • 2 chopped cucumbers
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chopped green chillies
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 0.75 oz basil
  • 8 oz shredded lettuce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Instructions

To make the croutons

  • Cut the bread into even cubes. There is no need to remove the crust.
  • Add olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasonings, red pepper flakes and salt to a small bowl.
  • Add the cubed bread to a large bowl, pour the garlic oil mixture over the bread and toss to coat.
  • Bake the croutons in the air fryer at 390 degrees for 6 minutes. Alternatively, you can also bake in the oven until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

To prepare the salad

  • Slit the Cherub tomatoes vertically after rinsing them. Add them to a salad bowl.
  • Peel, chop and add cucumbers along with chopped onions.
  • Now add roughly torn basil, chopped parsley and shredded lettuce.
  • To a small pan, add olive oil. Fry minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and chopped green chillies.
  • Pour this over the salad. Add salt and pepper. Give it a mix.
  • Top it off with lemon juice and red wine vinegar. Mix it all together. Let the tomato salad sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  • You can either add the croutons with the salad so that it marinates in the juices and softens or add it before serving to retain the crunch.

Notes

Use gluten-free bread if you want to make a gluten-free tomato croutons salad. Skip adding croutons if you want. Add some nuts or seeds instead for crunch.
To add more protein, add cooked or canned beans like chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, tofu, or paneer (this is not vegan though). Cooked pasta can also be added.
Don't have an air fryer? Bake the bread in the oven for about 10 minutes or till crisp or simply toast the bread slices in a toaster and then add them to the salad with the seasoning.
If you have any croutons leftover, store them in an air-tight container once they have cooled down completely. These croutons will stay fresh for 2-3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 282.62kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.26g | Protein: 6.57g | Fat: 15.91g | Saturated Fat: 2.31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.26g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10.53g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 285.79mg | Potassium: 691.46mg | Fiber: 6.46g | Sugar: 9.55g | Vitamin A: 2403.01IU | Vitamin C: 41.76mg | Calcium: 131.36mg | Iron: 3.58mg