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Salads & sides

Mixed Green Salad with Warm Cream Cheese "Croutons"

Mixed Green Salad with Warm Cream Cheese "Croutons" recipe
photo by:kraft
It's simple enough to make, but this mixed green salad is ideal for company, thanks to croutons that are actually skillet-browned cubes of cream cheese.
15 min
15 min
8 servings, 1 cup each
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What You Need

cup  panko bread crumbs
clove  garlic, minced
tsp.  chopped fresh thyme
pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
cups  loosely packed torn salad greens
 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
cup  pomegranate seeds
cup  KRAFT Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Make It

COMBINE first 3 ingredients in small bowl. Add cream cheese cubes in small batches; toss to evenly coat with crumb mixture.

HEAT large heavy nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium heat. Add cheese cubes, a few at a time; cook 3 min. or until evenly browned, turning frequently. Repeat with remaining cheese cubes.

COMBINE remaining ingredients in large bowl; top with cheese.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Serving Suggestion
Pair this delicious side salad with your favorite cooked lean meat, fish or poultry.
Make Ahead
Toss salad greens with apples and pomegranate seeds in bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve. If salad is refrigerated longer than 1 hour, dip apples in carbonated lemon-lime beverage before adding to salad to help prevent them from turning brown.
You can also combine crumb mixture on a rimmed baking sheet instead of in bowl. Coat cheese pieces, a few at a time, and cook in batches. This keeps the cheese pieces firm so they don't melt while browning. Keeping the cheese cubes cold helps them retain their shape while browning.
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