Whenever I make raw bread, I noticed that about half of it gets torn up and thrown in salads, so I made a recipe especially for that!
These croutons will make even a simple salad exciting. They add to the ‘mouthfeel’ by giving such as satisfying crunch, but they can also be dehydrated to just the right crispiness for you. When I tear up the bread recipe to use in salads, it’s fairly soft. But for this recipe, I made them crispy.
Yes, you can make these in an oven on a low heat. They won’t be ‘as raw’ but they’ll still be great. I made a video on how to use a dehydrator instead of an oven here.
Make yourself a batch of these every couple of weeks and they’ll be the gift that keeps on giving.
Sundried Tomato Salad Croutons
Nutrition (For one serving)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes roughly chopped
- 2 cups sprouted buckwheat
- 1 1/2 cups almonds soaked
- 2 courgette zucchini, medium size, peeled, roughly chopped
- 1 apple cored and roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup basil leaves
- 1 tbsp rosemary destalked
- 1 onion large size
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup flax meal
- 1 tsp salt
- Soak the sundried tomatoes for around 30 minutes until they’re soft. Save the water for later.
- Combine all the ingredients (apart from the sundried tomato soak water) in a large bowl and mix by hand. The reason you’re doing this is because you’ll be processing them in two batches, as the food processor won’t be big enough for one batch.
- So in a food processor, grind half of the mixture, adding a little of the sundried soak water to get it to mix into a batter. Repeat with the second half of the mixture and combine both back into the bowl, mixing well by hand.
- Divide the mixture between two square dehydrator trays and spread evenly, to about 5mm (0.2 inches) or slightly thicker if you prefer.
- Dehydrate for 4 hours at 115 degrees F, then remove them from the nonstick dehydrator sheets, score them into squares, then return to the dehydrator mesh tray for around 8 hours, or until they are the desired texture.
- Store in a sealed container. If you dehydrated them completely dry, they can be left out of the fridge and will keep for several weeks. If they have any wetness to them at all, store in the fridge for up to a week.