Mustard Cornbread Croutons–Salad Brain Basic

by Min Merrell

Salad Brain is a creativity platform.

These exercises use the platter, rather than the typical deep salad bowl, as the canvas for creation and a means to illustrate the universal process of creative thinking and design. No matter the field, the steps of creativity are the same. Here we’re using salads because we all have some experience with salad,  a low-stakes, easy medium for practicing everyday creativity. Plus, your installation will feed you beautifully and well, and shouldn’t we all be eating more salads anyway?


For an introduction to getting in touch with your salad brain, read Welcome to Salad Brain Creativity.

Salad Brain Basics are a collection of recipes to help take your salads to the next level. They are tried and true building blocks to keep in mind whenever you’ve got a salad opportunity. Just like every great musician knows the scales.

Mustard Cornbread Croutons are just a riff on regular southern cornbread. Add a few spoonfuls of whole-seed mustard and make sure to make them in big pan so the batter is very thin. We also use a combo of regular milk and water so the cornbread has a drier texture than cornbread made with buttermilk.  Crumbled bacon is a fine addition.  We keep them in the freezer and reheat what we need in the toaster oven.  Works beautifully to restore the crispy crust.

These croutons love summer tomato salads of all kinds!

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