Salads are probably the healthiest meals you can eat—and they’re one of the vegan options that’s available almost everywhere. The tricky part? Finding vegan croutons. Luckily for you, I just checked the ingredients for 100+ store-bought croutons to find the vegan options!
Are Croutons Vegan?
Most croutons are not vegan, as they usually contain cheese, butter, whey, or other milk products. However, several organic crouton brands are vegan. The leading brand Fresh Gourmet also has two vegan options: Focaccia Croutons (Roasted Garlic) and Organic Croutons (Seasoned).
Below, I’ll share a list of 13 vegan crouton products on the market. You may be surprised to see a few of the name brands included (but not every flavor). Click here to skip to the list.
Do Croutons Have Dairy?
Most croutons contain dairy. This can come in the form of Romano cheese, whey, natural butter flavor, or other milk ingredients.
But yeah, if I had to guess, probably at least 75% of store-bought croutons contain dairy in some form.
Do Croutons Have Egg?
Croutons do not typically contain egg. In fact, out of all the ~100 crouton labels I checked, I don’t remember seeing any allergen warnings for eggs. That said, there are likely some croutons out there with egg.
It may be more common to find gluten-free croutons with egg. As I covered in my post on which breads contain egg, it’s much more common for gluten-free bread to have egg.
What Store-Bought Croutons Are Vegan?
Alright—are you ready to see these vegan crouton options? Feast your eyes on these…
1. Fresh Gourmet: Focaccia Croutons (Roasted Garlic)
Fresh Gourmet is one of the leading brands of croutons. Most of their products contain milk, but luckily for us vegans, they have two vegan crouton offerings. Here is the first!
Ingredients: “Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Canola and/or Sunflower Oil (with Rosemary Extract and Ascorbic Acid [to Preserve Freshness]), 2% or less of Salt, Granulated Garlic, Yeast, Sugar, Natural Flavors (with Smoke Flavor), Extractive of Annatto (Color).” (source)
2. Fresh Gourmet: Organic Croutons (Seasoned)
Another vegan crouton option from Fresh Gourmet. This one is organic, which means that even the pickier vegans should be happy with it. (Organic sugar isn’t filtered with bone char.)
Ingredients: “Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Sunflower And/Or Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Cracked Rye, Organic Cracked Wheat, Yeast, 2% Or Less Of Salt, Organic Wheat Gluten, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Sugar, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Dehydrated Parsley.” (source)
3. Trader Joe’s: Plantain Croutons
Now this is a different option: Plantain croutons! Even better, these simple croutons only have four ingredients. They’re clearly marked as vegan on the package, too.
Ingredients: “Plantains, high-oleic sunflower oil, dried garlic and sea salt.” (source)
4. Rothbury Farms: Fat Free Seasoned Croutons
Rothbury Farms is another one of the traditional crouton brands. Most of their products have milk, but there are two that don’t. This fat-free option is interesting, as most croutons contain processed oils. This is a lighter, vegan option.
Ingredients: Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Salt, Yeast, Dehydrated Garlic, Dehydrated Parsley, Garlic Powder, Dehydrated Onion, Dextrose, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Spices, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Extractives of Paprika. (source)
5. Rothbury Farms: Organic Whole Grain Seasoned Croutons
Here’s the other vegan crouton option from Rothbury Farms. Again, it’s organic, so even the pickier vegans should be happy. It’s also made from whole-wheat bread, which is an interesting angle.
Ingredients: “Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Canola Oil, Organic Wheat Gluten, Salt, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Rice Flour, Organic Whole Red Wheat, Organic Whole Brown Rice Flour, Organic Whole Millet Flour, Organic Whole Oat Flour, Yeast, Organic Whole Rye Flour, Organic Whole Barley Flour, Organic Whole Buckwheat Flour, Organic Parsley, Organic Rosemary Extract (Antioxidant), Organic Onion Powder, Citric Acid, Organic Red Pepper, Autolyzed Yeast Extract.” (source)
6. Simple Truth Organic: Garlic Onion & Parsley Seasoned Croutons
Here’s another organic vegan crouton option. I believe Simple Organic Truth brand is sold at Kroger stores. So if you shop at Kroger, keep an eye out for these!
Ingredients: “Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Sunflower and/or Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Cracked Rye, Organic Cracked Wheat, Yeast, 2% or Less of: Salt, Organic Wheat Gluten, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Sugar, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Dehydrated Parsley.” (source)
7. Edward & Sons: Organic Vegan Garlic Parmezen Croutons
All of Edward & Sons croutons are vegan. Plus they are labeled clear as “vegan” on the front of the package! Very helpful and definitely appreciated. Thanks, Edward. (Edit: Edward & Sons’ website has discontinued several flavors of croutons – find their current flavors here)
Ingredients: “Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Expeller-Pressed Palm Oil, Salt, Yeast, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavors, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Onion
Powder, Organic Paprika, Organic Chili Pepper.” (link removed)
8. Edward & Sons: Organic Vegan Zesty Ranch Croutons
A ranch crouton that’s vegan-friendly! How’s that? Bet you didn’t think you’d be seeing any ranch croutons on this list. Thanks again, Edward & Sons.
Ingredients: “Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Expeller-Pressed Palm Oil,
Salt, Yeast, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Onion Powder, Yeast Extract,
Natural Flavors, Organic Paprika, Organic Oregano, Organic Basil,
Organic Chili Pepper, Citric Acid.” (link removed)
9. Edward & Sons: Organic Savory Onion Croutons
Another solid vegan option from Edward & Sons, if you prefer an onion-flavored crouton.
Ingredients: “Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Expeller-Pressed Palm Oil, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavors, Salt, Organic Onion Powder, Yeast, Organic Paprika, Organic Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Organic Parsley.” (link removed)
10. Edward & Sons: Organic Italian Herb Croutons
The last option from Edward & Sons. Once again, they’re organic, vegan, and clearly labeled as such.
Ingredients: “Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Expeller-Pressed Palm Oil, Salt, Yeast, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Parsley, Organic Oregano, Organic Basil.” (source)
11. Kelly’s: Gourmet Cheezy Garlic Croutons
I found these vegan croutons on Amazon (here), and they have great reviews. People say they are addictive and they can’t stop eating them. I’ll admit—the name sounds good, and the pictures look good, too!
Ingredients: [I couldn’t find the full ingredients list online, but the package is labeled as vegan.]
12. Schwartz Brothers Bakery: Organic Garlic & Herb Croutons
Another vegan crouton option I found from browsing around on Amazon (here). The reviews say these are “super crunchy,” so if you like a good crunch… give these a try!
Ingredients: “Organic Wheat Flour, Water, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Canola Oil, Organic Garlic, Sea Salt, Yeast, Organic Dried Oregano, Organic Dried Basil Leaves, Organic Dough Conditioner (Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Ascorbic Acid, Enzymes), Organic Barley Malt, Organic Dried Rosemary.” (source)
13. Quality Choice: Salad Croutons
Here are some kosher and vegan salad croutons. This brand looks to have other vegan flavors, too. So if you’re not into caesar croutons (pictured), then check out their other options (like these BBQ croutons).
Ingredients: “Wheat Flour, Canola Oil, Seasoning Blend, Salt, Yeast, Herb Extract.” (source)
Vegan Crouton Recipes
If you’re not happy with any of the 13 vegan options above—or if you can’t find them in stores—then you can always make your own vegan croutons!
Honestly, I’m not the right chef to guide you through this process… but I’ve reviewed a few of the recipes out there online, and these two look most appealing to me:
- “Easy 5-Ingredient Croutons” by Sweet Simple Vegan
- “Easy Garlic Croutons” by Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen
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