Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gluten-Free Croutons and Chicken Caesar Salad

Gluten-Free Croutons

There's no need to fret over croutons if you are gluten-free. They are so easy to make. All you need is some gluten-free bread, any kind will do, and twenty or thirty minutes.

Just dice up the gluten-free bread and place in a bowl.

Here I used three slices Udi's Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread. This bread tastes good, but a single slice is pretty small. It is just barely larger than a quarter of a regular whole grain slice.

But the size of the slices doesn't matter when you are just going to dice them up anyways.

Three slices of this Udi's gluten-free bread, diced up, gives you about a cup worth of bread cubes. That's just a guess.

With the cubes in a bowl, sprinkle them with (rough estimates):

1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp seasoned salt (or quick shake)
1/2 tsp of dried basil
1/4 tsp of dried oregano
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
2 Tbsp of olive oil

Mix and toss well. I like to sprinkle the salts and herbs first, then drizzle half of the oil, stir well, and then add the rest of the olive oil. Mix well again. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet.

For this batch, which was small, I used the toaster oven. My toaster oven has options to choose a temperature and a mode, so I set it to bake at 350º. Then I set the timer for about 25 minutes.

Stir half way through the time. Towards the end of the time, watch them and stop when they are crisp enough, but before they get too brown.

Of course, you can use your own favorite herbs and adjust to taste. My kids love these and always seem to ask to have some of mine. But this time I got smart.

I made them some the same way, but with their own gluten bread. They loved them just as much as mine.

And they would want their own, certainly, since we were having Chicken Caesar Salad for dinner.

Gluten-Free Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad is easy to make gluten-free. All you need is a gluten-free Caesar dressing and those gluten-free croutons up there.

Trader Joe's makes a great Romano Caesar Dressing that doesn't have any gluten ingredients. This dressing is safe for me. Please be careful and only use ingredients that are safe for you.

Leftover chicken is the perfect thing for this salad. Chop it up, toss it with some romaine lettuce and parmesan cheese. Add some sliced tomatoes if you so choose.

Pour gluten-free Caesar dressing over the salad and then top with those gluten-free croutons.

And just like that, you've got Gluten-Free Chicken Caesar Salad for lunch or dinner.

Quick, easy, delicious, and gluten-free!

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