Garlic and Herb Croutons

Super simple & delicious garlic and herb croutons – to take your salad game to the next level! So crunchy and full of flavour!

Garlic and Herb Croutons

I love a good crunch in my salad bowls! After all, I’m a sucker for a mixture of textures, so a crunchy addition to the salad is definitely a must for me.

For a long time I used store-bought croutons, until I realised how easy they are actually to make – and now there’s no going back! A recipe like this is simply perfect to use up some stale bread, to know exactly what’s going into the croutons and to make them exactly how I like them the most.

Garlic and Herb Croutons

What you need for these Garlic and Herb Croutons


  • sliced bread
  • olive oil/vegan butter


  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • smoked paprika


  • dried basil
  • dried sage

Garlic and Herb Croutons

How to make these croutons

For these croutons I’ve used two different techniques in one – the first part of the recipe is pan-frying the croutons. This distributes the oil, herbs and spices perfectly and gives your crouton some delicious crunchy edges.

To pan-fry the garlic and herb croutons, start by melting the vegan butter. If you’re using the oil, simply heat up the oil in the frying pan. Add all the spices and herbs and stir them around – it’ll start smelling amazing!

Add the crouton chunks into the pan and toss them around to coat them in the oil and herbs/spices. Fry them in the pan for about 3-4 minutes until golden.

Transfer them to a baking tray and bake them on a low heat until they’re fully crispy (but not burnt ;)). The exact time will depend on how big your croutons are, so stay close by to make sure they don’t burn. Mine were baked for about 10 minutes before they were done.

Garlic and Herb Croutons

This recipe is:

  • 100% vegan
  • egg free
  • dairy free
  • delicious & tasty
  • super crunchy
  • easy to make
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Garlic and Herb Croutons

Garlic and Herb Croutons

  • Author: romylondonuk
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 portions 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


Super simple & delicious garlic and herb croutons – to take your salad game to the next level! So crunchy and full of flavour!


  • 3 slices of bread
  • 1 tbsp olive oil/vegan butter
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika


  1. Start by melting the butter or heating the oil in a non-stick frying pan, then add the spices/herbs.
  2. Cut up the bread into your desired crouton slices, then toss them into the pan with the oil and spices/herbs until your croutons are coated. Cook them for 3-4 minutes or until golden.
  3. Transfer the croutons to a baking tray and bake them in your oven on 160C until crisp – this depends on the size of your croutons!


You use either vegan butter or oil for the spice/herb mixture, just make sure your oil is meant to be heated.

Keywords: vegan croutons, salad croutons, garlic and herb croutons

If you’re in need of some delicious salad inspiration, how about these yummy vegan salads!


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