Do-it-Yourself Croutons

Make the most of what you’ve got by transforming stale bread into a crunchy, delicious salad topper. 

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Hands-on time: 5   |    Total time: 15   |    Makes: 2 cups


Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Large bowl
Measuring spoons
Rimmed baking sheet
Oven mitts 


2 tablespoon olive oil
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
2 slices whole-grain bread (stale is fine), cut into 1-inch squares


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Turn the oven on and set the heat to 375 degrees.
  2. Put the oil and salt in the bowl and stir them together.
  3. Add the bread squares and toss with tongs or your hands until the squares are completely coated with oil.
  4. Spread the bread out on the baking sheet. Once the oven temperature has reached 375 degrees, put the baking sheets in the oven and bake until the croutons are just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
  5. Carefully take the baking sheet out of the oven and use tongs to flip the croutons over, then put them back in the oven and bake until deeply browned and crisp, another 5 or so minutes.
  6. Let the croutons cool completely before serving. They can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.