What makes a salad a great salad?
Most would say the greens, other vegetables, maybe some sort of protein of beans, egg or meat. But for me, it’s the croutons. No, seriously! I was always that kid (and now grown-up!), that just loved the crunch of croutons sprinkled onto of my salad. Truth be told, when I was a young child, eating the croutons alone was actually more my style! My mom would give me her cucumber slices and croutons off of her salad and I would be happy and content. As a child, I would eat what I was given from my parents.
But now fast forward a number of years later, I am a mom myself of two boys who tries to make sure my kids are having more wholesome type foods. I also am giving the crunchy croutons off my salad to my boys. However, in this day and age there are so many additives and preservatives added into our food, that I find I need to be much pickier than when my mom was mothering me. Sugary processed foods with GMOs are not the type of food I want my kids eating specifically in a salad that should be healthy from the get go!
Olivia’s Croutons tagline is perfect “The croutons you would make yourself if you had the time” because these croutons are that good! I use to take the day old bread, slice it up, pour melted butter and seasonings on it and toss them into the oven to bake for our meals at home. No more! Olivia’s Croutons are easy to sprinkle right on top of my salad or as my kids like to do…eat them right out of the box!
And they come in so many seasoning flavors!
Butter & Garlic, Parmesan Pepper, Multigrain with Garlic, Organic Garlic & Herb, Gluten Free Garlic.
Here is something else you may not know about Olivia’s Croutons, they are a family owned business that makes all of their crouton and stuffing in small batches in a kitchen that is located in a renovated 1912 dairy barn in New Haven, VT. Visit their website to learn more about how Olivia’s Croutons got started as well as recipes to use the croutons and stuffing.
One of my favorite use of Olivia’s croutons are with romaine lettuce, strawberries, pecans and feta cheese mixed in a vinaigrette dressing. As you can see here, the croutons stay crunchy even with the dressing all the way to the bottom of the bowl! The Parmesan Pepper Seasoned Croutons are awesome in a bowl of Tomato Soup! My neighbor who sampled the croutons with me, thoroughly enjoyed the Gluten Free and told me these are the only croutons she now buys for her family.
Wondering where you can get your own box of these delicious croutons? Need a list of places that sell Olivia’s croutons? Go here, buy them directly from Olivia’s Croutons or even on Amazon.com to get a 4 pack!
Want to see how the croutons are made from start to finish? Or have kids, like me that are curious to know where their food comes from? Check out this video showing the inside of the bakery at Olivia’s Croutons.
Take a tour of the bakery at Olivia’s Croutons in New Haven, Vermont. Francie (Olivia’s Mom) explains the process that goes into making their wholesome, all-natural croutons and stuffings on the family farm. A re-purposed 1912 dairy barn houses the bakery and packaging operation.
Disclaimer: Olivia’s Croutons sent me a sample box to try out their croutons in exchange for an honest review of their product. There are no affiliate links within this post.