A Berry Patriotic Salad with Gluten Free Star Croutons
Serves: 2 salads
  • 2 ounces baby spinach or other salad greens
  • ¼ cup/1 ounce goat cheese
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ¾ cup fresh raspberries or sliced fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • Croutons
  • ½ cup gluten-free all- purpose baking flour
  • ¼ cup/1 ounce finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons hot water
  • Balsamic Vinegariette
  • 3 ounces balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ounce olive
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. To make the gluten-free croutons preheat the oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the gluten free baking flour, salt, parmesan cheese, coconut oil, cayenne pepper, and hot water. Once the dough comes together, gather into a ball and turn it onto a lightly floured (dust with more of the gluten free baking flour) surface. Gently knead it a few times.
  3. Roll out the dough until it is very thin, approximately ⅛th to 1/16th of an inch thick.
  4. Using a star cookie cutter, approximately 1 inch in diameter, cut out the croutons and place them on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake 9-11 minutes, or until they start to brown around the edges.
  6. Notes: This crouton recipe makes more than enough croutons for 2 salads so you’ll have extra left over. Alternatively you can make enough croutons for 2 salads (approximately 1 dozen) and then using a larger cookie cutter make crackers with the rest of the dough.
  7. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper and set aside. Divide the baby spinach or salad greens between two bowls. Top each bowl of greens with goat cheese, berries, almonds, and 5 or 6 star croutons. Dress with balsamic vinegariette and serve.
  8. Serves 2
Crouton recipe dapted from the book Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk by Lara Ferroni
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 ounces, Calories: 455, Fat: 33g, Saturated fat: 9g, Unsaturated fat: 24g, Trans fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 22g, Sugar: 13g, Sodium: 375mg, Fiber: 7g, Protein: 13g, Cholesterol: 17mg
Recipe by Queen of My Kitchen at https://www.queenofmykitchen.com/berry-patriotic-salad-gluten-free-star-croutons/