Easy Sourdough Italian Croutons

Croutons are the easiest way to take a regular ol’ salad and make it shine. Plus, this recipe is so easy and completely adaptable! Let’s get started with an easy sourdough Italian crouton recipe!

easy sourdough italian croutons from scratch

One day last year, I had some leftover sourdough bread that was about to go bad. I didn’t want to waste it, so I started thinking about what I could make with stale sourdough.

I was trying to plan supper and I thought that maybe we could have French Toast and call it a “breakfast-supper,” which my kids love.

Then, I remembered that we had a ton of salad greens, some cucumbers, and homemade chicken tenders in the refrigerator. My next thought was to make some homemade croutons!

That was the beginning of my obsession with homemade croutons. They are extremely easy to make and the salads instantly feel fancy.

Can you make croutons with Sourdough Bread?

Sourdough or french bread is the best bread for crouton making. The structure of the bread makes cutting and seasoning the bread easier since it won’t fall apart as you work with it.

easy sourdough italian croutons from scratch on a green salad

How do you make Sourdough Croutons?

  1. Dice– Cut bread into cubes
  2. Drizzle with oil– Drizzle the bread with oil and mix it to coat all sides in oil.
  3. Season– Season the croutons with italian seasoning and toss to coat all sides.
  4. Bake– Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 5-7 minutes.
easy sourdough italian croutons from scratch seasonings on a cutting board

Why You’ll Love Homemade Croutons

  • Salads instantly taste better with homemade croutons. The flavor profile is just… better!
  • You can use these croutons in soups, too! I love setting them on the table when we have potato or chicken noodle soup.
  • If you’re out of bread crumbs and you want to make meat loaf, these work great in place on bread crumbs.
  • Croutons are an extremely simple way to elevate any salad without much work or forethought.
  • You can change this recipe for any salad you’re making. To be honest, you can’t mess these up.

Where can I find Sourdough Bread for Croutons?

Sourdough bread has become quite a trend, so finding it isn’t hard. I love making my own Sourdough loaf and using half of it for homemade croutons and half of it for this recipe.

If you don’t want to make your own bread, simply grab a loaf from the local grocery store. Most grocery stores carry sourdough in their bakery section.

easy sourdough italian croutons from scratch on a plate with tomatoes

4 Easy Steps for making Sourdough Croutons

  1. Slice sourdough bread into square chunks
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and Italian seasoning
  3. Lay on a parchment lined baking sheet
  4. Bake at 400° for 5-7 minutes, or until golden

Ingredients for Homemade Italian Croutons

  • Sourdough Bread– You may use whatever bread loaf you want, but stale bread works the best! If I don’t have any stale bread, I slice it and allow it to sit on the counter for a few hours before making the croutons.
  • Olive oil– You can use whatever oil your family prefers. I have also used avocado oil with great success and it doesn’t change the flavor profile.
  • Italian Seasoning– Sprinkle this all over the croutons after drizzling with olive oil. You can use a seasoning from the store or make your own… recipe below.
  • Salt and Pepper– Use these to taste
easy sourdough italian croutons from scratch sliced bread and seasonings

Homemade Italian Seasoning

  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Basil
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Rosemary
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
easy sourdough italian croutons from scratch diced bread on a cutting board

Adaptations for Italian Sourdough Croutons

Salt and Pepper Croutons

Instead of using 2 teaspoons of italian seasoning, flavor your croutons with salt and pepper. Be sure to taste test them and add more if needed.

Garlic and Parmesan Croutons

Sprinkle croutons with 1 teaspoon of garlic and sprinkle grated parmesan over the croutons before baking.

Basil and Rosemary Croutons

Basil and Rosemary is growing wild right now, so grab some fresh from your herb garden and chop it finely. Sprinkle it with the fresh herbs after drizzling with oil. You may also use dried herbs for this recipe.

easy sourdough italian croutons from scratch on a brown and white plate

A Simple Recipe for Sourdough Croutons

sourdough croutons

Italian Sourdough Croutons

Liz Quick
Salads instantly taste better with homemade croutons. The flavor profile is just… better! You can use these croutons in soups, too! I love setting them on the table when we have potato or chicken noodle soup.
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 salad
Calories 10 kcal

Equipment

  • baking sheet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf Sourdough bread
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Cut bread into cubes. You can make them the size you are wanting for your salad.
  • Add the diced bread to a medium mixing bowl.
    Drizzle the bread with oil and mix it to coat all sides in oil.
  • Season the croutons with Italian seasoning and toss to coat all sides.
  • Place the bread in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 5-7 minutes.

Notes

Homemade Italian Seasoning

  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Basil
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Rosemary
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
Keyword italian croutons, sourdough croutons, sourdough recipes

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