Homemade Gingerbread Croutons

The holiday rush and all the fun vacation time is over.  Now back to your normal routine, AND normal two day weekends.  With all the holiday baking, cooking, and crazy drinking, do you have loads of leftover treats sitting on you counter?

Hubby and I were working on our Boozy Gingerbread Bundt Cake, but two people can only eat so much cake.  So I started thinking, what could I do with the leftover cake?  I knew I could make a trifle, and bread pudding would be pretty fantastic of course.  BUT I decided to change up my normal unhealthy blog posts, and share a healthy post.  Plus, I wanted to try something new, AND well gingerbread croutons is new to me!

The recipe I have here for you to print is so versatile.  The croutons are a fun sweet addition to a salad.  If you enjoy raspberry vinaigrette, or any other sweet dressings, then you will enjoy the new addition of a sweet crouton.  The nice thing, the gingerbread is not overly sweet, so it really is a perfect balance to your salad!


Homemade Gingerbread Croutons

15 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

Homemade Gingerbread (store bought gingerbread would work too)
Baby spinach
Spring mix lettuce
Craisins
Goat Cheese (or feta cheese)
Chopped pecans (or walnuts)
Chobani Dressing (or favorite dressing/vinaigrette)

Instructions

Gingerbread recipe posted at beginning of post. The recipe uses Chobani Greek Yogurt.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Dice up gingerbread into one inch squares, spread out on sheet pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes depending on oven. Turn croutons 2-3 times with spatula during cooking process to cook all sides. Let cool.

Chobani Dressing - This recipe is all about what you are looking for in a dressing, really sweet, savory, you decide. We mixed about 1 1/2 cups of plain Chobani, two tablespoons of mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Mrs. Dash seasoning, garlic powder, mix well and top on salad.

Any lettuce and salad toppings will do, have fun!

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The Chobani Greek Yogurt dressing I made was thick, so just toss your salad well to incorporate everything together.  There really are endless possibilities to the delicious homemade Chobani Greek Yogurt dressing.  The one thing hubby had to remind me- it will taste sooooooo different because it is not processed like most dressings.  He is so right, we are so used to the salty, processed bottled dressings.  It was nice to have a homemade, fresh, delicious, and fun dressing on my salad!

 

 

I hope you enjoy this salad as much as my hubby and I did!  We have plenty of croutons left for a few more delicious salads, which sounds pretty fabulous to me!

Have you ever had a gingerbread crouton?  Did you enjoy it?

Do you have lots of leftover treats from the holiday fun?

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  • Gingerbread croutons? Are you nuts? I LOVE these!! Now why didn’t I think of these? I think you should make these commercially and get rich. Everyone will want some. 🙂

  • Hotly Spiced

    That is so clever. And what a great idea. The salad looks so pretty too xx

  • wow What a creative crouton recipe! I love how beautiful and colourful the salad too.

  • Lana @ Never Enough Thyme

    How inventive! I always like a little bit of sweet in a salad so these would be perfect. Now you’ve got me thinking about fruitcake croutons, pound cake croutons….

  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen

    Ohhhh these homemade gingerbread croutons on that big salad are killing me. I’m reading this before lunch, so you can just imagine how hungry your post just made me. But seriously, thanks for sharing. Thanks for the blog visit and kind comments. All the best, Terra! Hugs back to you 😉

  • This is such a wonderful idea, Terra! What a fun way to spice up a salad!

  • Jamie

    This is so funny and unexpected! I started the post and rolled my eyes thinking “oh another bread pudding recipe?” and ha you have come up with something so much more creative and clever! Cake with salad! But I can see how the sweet-spicy flavor would go perfect in a sweet-salty salad! Kudos to you!

  • You are one creative chick! They look delicious 🙂

  • Karen Kerr

    What a great idea Terra! It’s just two of us as well. Beautiful photos!

  • So creative! I would have never thought to make croutons from gingerbread. I bet it gives the salad a nice little kick of flavor.

  • kitchenriffs

    I love this idea! I’ve never had a gingerbread crouton, nor do I think I’ve heard of one. Really creative! I’ll bet these were wonderful – thanks for the idea!

  • What a delicious crouton twist 😀

    Cheers
    CCU
    http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog

    Terra, this is ingenious. How creative!

  • justonecookbook

    I’m really amazed with your super creative crouton idea!!! Not to mention your photography is beautiful. I wish I can have a large bowl of salad with these croutons!

  • LAMusing

    YES _ i made gingerbread croutons with pumpkin apple soup a few years ago. DELICIOUS! I cheated and used a dark gingerbread cake mix, made it the day before. When it cooled I cut the cake into cubes and let them dry overnight. Brushed them with a bit of melted butter and popped them in the oven to crisp. They were so good I mde a second batch to snack on. The only sad part is I cant’ find gingerbread cake mix for more than a few weeks in the local market.