Farm Table Salad

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In our house, nothing goes to waste. We love to find ways to reinvent leftovers and make them new. For Easter, we were a little overloaded on the bread category. This year, everyone decideed to bring their favorite bakery item to accompany our ham and roasted chicken buffet. Normally, when my cornbread muffins hit the food assembly line, I’m lucky if I can find a crumb at the bottom of the basket.

Since I knew we would be eating salad all this week (since we tipped the scale yesterday with all the candy and dessert from the Easter Bunny), I decided to make some awesome croutons. These guys are crunchy on the outside but still soft and chewy in the middle. I can’t wait for you to try them.

Awesome Cornbread Croutons

Ingredients: 

  • 3 muffins or slices for day old cornbread. This is a link of my cornbread recipe, but you can use whatever cornbread you would have hand.
  • olive oil
  • 1 TBSP fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 TBSP Italian seasoning (you can also use poultry seasoning if you have that left over from the holidays)
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 400. Cut cornbread into cubes and add in a prep bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, use enough to slightly moisten the stale cornbread, probably 1-2 TBSP. Season with Italian seasoning, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. Scatter on a sheet pan and bake for 12-15 minutes, until the crisp and golden. Remove from the oven and cool for 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle onto the salad below.

Farm Table SaladFarm Table Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of mixed greens
  • 5-6 cherry heirloom tomatoes
  • ¼ English cucumber, sliced
  • ¼ bell pepper (orange, red or yellow), sliced
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Add greens to a serving bowl and arrange veggies on top. Sprinkle with cheese and croutons. Whisk together the olive oil with the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle down over the salad. 

Want extra protein? Dice up a couple of breaded chicken tenders to add to the salad.

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