Green salad with salad cheese and croutons
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Green salad with salad cheese and croutons

30 min
Dive into this easy green salad with warm salad cheese and homemade croutons. Fresh romaine lettuce, herbal parsley, and warm salad cheese with lemon zest make the perfect base for the crunchy croutons, and drizzled with a zesty mustard dressing the salad is just what you need for a light lunch or an enticing side dish for dinner.


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (conventional oven).
  • Cut or tear bread into small cubes (about 1½ x 1½ cm).
  • Place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and toast in the middle of the oven for about 18 minutes.
  • Flip occasionally while baking until golden and crispy on all sides.
Mustard dressing
  • Whisk mustard, olive oil, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  • Add water, salt, and pepper, and adjust to taste.
  • Heat a pan until hot.
  • Add cubed salad cheese and lemon zest and sear the cheese over high heat for about ½ minute while stirring.
  • Arrange salad, parsley, and bread croutons in a serving dish and drizzle with dressing.
  • Place the warm salad cheese on top of the salad and serve.

Make your croutons with leftover or stale bread for the best, crispy texture. Older bread is dryer, which allows it to crisp up without becoming soggy. This also means it absorbs flavours more effectively for a richer flavour in every bite.


To maintain the crispiness of the croutons, add them to the salad just before serving. This prevents them from absorbing too much dressing and becoming soft before you start eating.


Sourdough bread
150 g
Mustard dressing
Dijon mustard
1 tbsp
Olive oil
1 tbsp
Fresh lemon juice
2 tsp
2 tbsp
Freshly ground pepper
Large head of romaine lettuce (approx. 250 g), torn into large pieces
Flat-leaf parsley, shredded
200 ml
Salad cheese, cubed and drained
200 g
Lemon zest (unsprayed), finely grated
½ tsp

Prepare a simple green salad with warm salad cheese

You do not need more than a few delicious, high-quality ingredients to make a great salad. Our green salad with salad cheese and homemade croutons has just that. It is dressed in a tangy mustard dressing and beautifully marries the crisp freshness of the greens with the warm, creamy texture of the salad cheese, while the croutons add a delightful crunch.

The salad cheese is the warm, creamy element that makes the salad deliciously indulgent. Heated on the pan with lemon zest, the cheese gets a softer, creamier texture and a bright, aromatic lift to its mild tanginess. This mild, slightly tangy flavour melds perfectly with the sharpness of the mustard dressing, adding a comforting, velvety layer to each bite. As it warms, the cheese becomes even more luscious, making the salad cheese an indulgent, irresistible element in the salad.

A rustic crunch from homemade croutons

Homemade croutons add that delicious, crunchy texture you need in a salad. Their satisfying bite balances the tender lettuce leaves and the soft, warm salad cheese. They have a crispy exterior and slightly chewy interior, making each bite truly irresistible. They infuse the salad with a rich, toasted depth that complements the freshness of the green lettuce and the creaminess of the cheese.

Do you want to try other recipes with homemade croutons? Besides salads, they are delicious with soup, so try our cheese soup with buttery croutons or hot tomato and lentil soup with garlic croutons. You can also try something different with our avocado mousse with crispy rye bread croutons.

Enjoy with a sharp and refreshing mustard dressing

With the subtle lettuce leaves, mild cheese, and crispy croutons, you need a burst of flavour from the dressing. The dressing in this recipe has a smooth, rich base of olive oil and a sharpness of Dijon mustard, providing a pleasant, tangy kick. Fresh lemon juice introduces a zesty brightness, cutting through the richness and refreshing the palate. Bring it all together with a dash of freshly ground pepper to add a spicy warmth while letting the pungent mustard shine through and define the dressing.

Add your own touch to the recipe

Although it is quite a simple recipe, you can easily create different flavour nuances. Use butterhead lettuce instead of romaine lettuce for a softer, sweeter base, or opt for green or red leaf lettuce to introduce a slight bitterness and a more pronounced leafy texture. Although it is not a lettuce, you can also use endive to add a crisp texture and a slightly bitter flavour, giving the salad a nice complexity and depth.

Add different flavours with herbs other than parsley, for example, fresh coriander for a lively, citrusy note, or fresh basil for a sweet, peppery flavour that beautifully complements the creamy salad cheese and tangy mustard dressing. Or add other vegetables, such as fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, and cubes or slices of cucumber, to add a Greek touch.

For the croutons, you can use any bread type you want. Use whatever you have or like the most, whether it is white, whole wheat, sourdough, or a mix of different types. You can also make cheese croutons by mixing the bread cubes with finely grated cheese, oil, and salt. Toast them in the oven or a pan until they turn golden and crispy.