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Warm Greens With Cornbread Croutons

Prep time 22 mins
Total time 37 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
Reserve and freeze a large wedge of cornbread when you make your Thanksgiving dressing. It will save time when you make the croutons. Warm salad not your speed? Try Baby Greens With Molasses Vinaigrette.


  • 4 cups (3/4-inch) cornbread cubes
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper, divided
  • 1 medium-size red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon coarse-grained Dijon mustard
  • 4 bunches frisée, torn*

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Gently toss 4 cups cornbread cubes with 2 Tbsp. melted butter, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.

  2. Bake at 400° for 15 to 25 minutes or until toasted.

  3. Sauté onion and garlic in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar, molasses, mustard, and remaining 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper; cook 1 minute. Add frisée, and toss to coat. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until frisée just begins to wilt.

  4. Transfer onion mixture to a serving dish, and sprinkle with cornbread croutons; serve immediately.

  5. *2 bunches curly endive may be substituted.

  6. TRY THIS TWIST! Baby Greens With Molasses Vinaigrette: Whisk together 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 2 Tbsp. molasses, 1 Tbsp. coarse-grained Dijon mustard, 1 minced garlic clove, 3/4 tsp. kosher salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Toss desired amount of dressing with 1 (5-oz.) package thoroughly washed spring greens mix. Top with 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced, and cornbread croutons. Serve with remaining dressing. Hands-on time: 15 min. Total time: 15 min.