Who doesn’t love some good, crunchy salad toppings to keep our veggies interesting? Whether you’re chowing down on a Mediterranean salad, a vegan hummus bowl, or just craving a crispy snack, these baked pita croutons are a quick and healthy fix!
While traditional croutons can satisfy our cravings for crunch, they’re generally not-so-fuel-filled additions to a salad… Luckily, it’s SO easy to whip up your own, healthier crunchy salad toppings at home. And, the only ingredient in these pita croutons is PITA—no oil needed!
Pick Your Pita Wisely
If you’re a fan of pita chips, these crispy pita croutons will be right up your alley. Honestly, they’re a tasty snack all on their own! But, they’re also a simple healthy substitute for classic croutons, with a Mediterranean twist. Simply split your pita pocket into two rounds, bake until crispy, and crumble!
Since pita is a heartier bread, it gets perfectly crispy without any oil at all. And, I chose mini pita pockets to help me with portion control, so I don’t overdo it on my pita croutons. That way, I can crumble just 1 mini pita pocket (split into 2 rounds) onto my salad or bowl without losing track of how much I’m eating.
Most importantly, the kind of pita that you choose to make your pita croutons will be crucial. For the most part, pita bread sold at grocery stores is just refined white bread. But, if you do some searching and read nutrition labels, you can find a 100% whole grain pita. Or, gluten free pitas, if needed!
Whatever you choose, a healthier pita bread will make for healthier pita croutons. For some inspiration on how to use your pita croutons, check out my Mediterranean vegan hummus bowl!