How to Make Easy Classic Vegan Croutons
I know not everyone is a gigantic fan of croutons, but if you are, this recipe is for you! This vegan crouton recipe is super easy and quick to make. They are very flavorful, crunchy, and the perfect addition to any salad. Sometimes, I even find myself snacking on a few when the container is sitting out on the kitchen counter; they’re that good. I’m very confident you will love these vegan croutons just as much as I do!
This vegan crouton recipe requires just 8 basic kitchen ingredients!
The recipe is also straightforward to prepare! First, I cut sourdough into cubes. I gravitate towards using sourdough because it’s on the chewier, denser side, perfect for making croutons. Then, I melt vegan butter, olive oil, garlic and onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a saucepan. I drizzle this mixture over the cubed bread and toss everything together until the bread is well coated.
I lay the bread in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake it for just under thirty minutes, flipping them over halfway through. The croutons get perfectly golden brown and crunchy. I seriously have to stop myself from snacking on them fresh out of the oven because they taste so good, even warm!
They’re the perfect addition to any salad because they’re not overpowering with a specific seasoning.
These vegan croutons are perfectly buttery and salty, with a touch of garlic, onion, and Italian herbs. I say these croutons are a great addition to all salads because they are relatively neutral with seasonings. They’re not too garlicky, oniony, or herby. I think they’re a perfect balance of all three, which makes them acceptable to go on top of a Caesar salad, for example, or even a salad that contains a sweeter vinaigrette.
PSST! If you’re looking to use these croutons in a Caesar salad, I HIGHLY recommend making my Homemade Vegan Caesar Dressing. It is a phenomenal recipe and one that actually creates a FLAVORFUL caesar salad dressing.
If you make these vegan croutons, don’t forget to post a picture to Instagram, tag me @chefsummerstorm, and #gardengrub so I can see your recreation!
How to Make Easy Classic Vegan Croutons
- 1 pound sourdough, cut into 3/4 inch cubes (See tips below recipe for other bread options!)
- 1/4 cup vegan butter
- 1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper.
- Add the cubed bread into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into a small saucepan and warm over low heat until the butter is melted, about 3 minutes or so. Stir the mix together well to evenly combine.
- Evenly drizzle the saucepan mixture over the cubed bread. Quickly toss the bread gently to coat each piece in the mixture evenly.
- Lay the coated chunks of bread on the prepared baking sheet in an even single layer. Do not overcrowd them or lay them on top of each other. If they do not all fit on one of your sheet pans, separate them into two pans.
- Place the sheet pan of bread on the middle oven rack and bake it for 15 minutes. Flip the croutons over/stir them around and bake them for another 5 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. *Keep an eye on them the last couple of minutes that they're baking to ensure they don't get too dark, as everyone's oven heats slightly differently.
- Once the croutons are completely cooled down, store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
Welcome to my tip section of the vegan crouton recipe! Here I provide my top tips to help you perfect the recipe. Sometimes, I also give substitute suggestions that I think you may find helpful.
- You can use any white bread that is on the denser side. I always gravitate towards using sourdough because I know it’s more than likely going to be vegan, making it a quick grab and look at the grocery store. And, two, it’s on the chewier, denser side, which is perfect for making croutons. However, other white loaves of bread, such as French bread or baguette, would work great too.