Kid Made: Crunchy Market Salad

School may be starting up again, but this salad keeps summer on the table! Head to the farmer's market for some late-season produce and have your budding chef toss everything together.

Posted by Parent.co on Friday, August 26, 2016

 

 

School may be starting up again, but this salad keeps summer on the table! Head to the farmer’s market for some late-season produce and have your budding chef toss everything together. The secret ingredient? Crunchy homemade croutons!

Crunchy Market Salad

Serves 4-6 as a main dish or 6-8 as a side

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5-10 minutes

Total time: 25-30  minutes

Ingredients:  

Salad

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • ½ cup rainbow peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup heirloom tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup scallions

Croutons

  • 3 cups day old bread, cut into cubes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine greens, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, scallions, and whatever other veggies strike your fancy in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. Make the croutons! Heat a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add a few Tbsp of olive oil, and coat the bottom of the pan. Add the bread cubes and toss continuously until the cubes are golden brown and toasted, about 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Make the dressing! Whisk the garlic, salt, thyme, lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl until blended.
  4. Put it all together! Toss the croutons with the veggies and greens, pour over the dressing, then toss again gently.
  5. Serve it up!

Recipe Notes:

Just about any veggie you can think of would be a welcome addition to this crunchy salad!