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Easy homemade croutons for Caesar Salad and a Haven Conference recap

I just returned home from a fun blogging conference in Atlanta called Haven.  I was able to meet many of my blogging and Instagram friends.  It was really so much fun meeting and making new friends!

The Pink ClutchKrystine Edwards, Dimples and Tangles, Dixie Delights, Honey Haven, Blue-i-Style, and Moi!  My phone kept delaying for this photo, so it's a miracle we got one! :)

I brought home four little goodie bags of candy for my boys compliments of Scout & Nimble!

A darling lunch put on by TideOxi and Procter & Gamble

While at the conference, I told some of my friends about my homemade Caesar Salad Dressing with homemade croutons and everyone wanted the recipe so I thought I would start by sharing it here.  This is part 1--The Croutons.

To begin, I use my electric knife and slice up some day old bread... sourdough, french, whatever white bread you have on hand will work.  Slices should be cubed about 1" x 1"

Next, I put the cubes in a gallon ziplock bag and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil to lightly coat.  Leaving air in the bag, zip it closed and shake the bag to coat the bread with the oil.

Cover a sheet pan with foil and spread the bread cubes on the pan in a single layer.

Lightly sprinkle with kosher salt.  

Place in a preheated oven to 350* F.  Bake for 20 minutes or until toasted.

Remove from oven and taste a few.... YUM!  They should be crunchy all the way through.

Sprinkle croutons on top of salad or soup.  Delicious recipes for both coming soon!!

Easy Homemade Croutons by Eleven Gables

2 loaves day old bread
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 gallon ziplock bag
Kosher Salt to taste


xo, Emily


  1. Love the pics of Haven and the croutons sound fabulous.

  2. Yum! Looks like you all had a great dinner! Do these keep for a while?

    1. I keep them in a (clean) ziplock for up to a week, but the leftovers rarely make it off the pan!

  3. Replies
    1. Julia! It was so much fun meeting you too!! xo

  4. Yum! These look so good, can't wait to try them!

  5. Enjoy your blog. I'm a 67 yoa homemaker and still enjoy the thrill of making my home warm and inviting. I also make my own croutons...similar to your way but little different. One change I will tell you about ~ in addition to making the "plain" ones, I also use garlic salt on one batch and Italian spices on another (I always save up unused bread or day old bread and have a "crouton bake" day.) I then share with my 3 married children and they love sharing with their friends that these are "homemade". Matter fact, my son usually devours his as snacks before he can share with friends!


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