If you have food allergies, you know that little things can make a big difference. Many foods, especially salads, have been ruined for me. So when I found two alternatives to croutons for people with gluten- and/or wheat-intolerance, I got excited.
Since I have always been a fan of croutons, it was time to take the dive and try these.
The first type I invested in was the Olive Oil & Garlic Gluten-Free Croutons by the Gluten-Free Pantry. They do contain eggs, corn and yeast. They do also contain a lot of flavor. I located my first package of these wheat free croutons in the gluten- free section at an NRG Organic Supermarket on the East Coast. They were so good that I went back for more and they were already out. They never got more in. A couple of years later, I gave in and ordered some online. The consistency of this package was different, in fact, they were rock hard. I’m uncertain if they changed the recipe, or if it was just a lot inconsistency, but for some reason they weren’t as enjoyable. The flavor of the first package was good enough, however, that I would give these a try again sometime.
One afternoon I was in the produce section at Safeway when I discovered the Fresh Gourmet Tortilla Strips Lightly Salted. It states “Naturally Gluten Free” right on the front of the package. I like these “Crunchy Toppings for Salad” for a number of reasons. The list of ingredients is literally this short: corn masa flour, safflower and/or sunflower oil, salt, trace of lime. I like things simple. I also like that they are easy to break up, and that they add a great crunch to salad. I have even use them on top of soup instead of oyster crackers.
Either way, if you are missing the crunch or that little extra substance to your salad, either of these products should fit the bill.
Olive Oil & Garlic Gluten-Free Croutons by the Gluten-Free Pantry – 5 oz. ~ $4.99
Ingredients: corn starch, tapioca starch, water, liquid whole egg, chickpea flour, canola oil, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, xanthan gum, garlic powder, yeast, salt, spices, cream of tartar.
Tortilla Strips by Fresh Gourmet – 3.5 oz ~ $2.00 on sale.
Ingredients: corn masa flour, safflower and/or sunflower oil, salt, trace of lime.
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