Combine first 6 salad ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Toss bread cubes
in olive oil and sprinkle with salt until coated in a separate bowl. Transfer to a
nonstick cooking sheet and place into a 375 degree preheated oven for 15
minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
While croutons are cooking, make the salad dressing by combining all ingredients
and stirring briskly with a wire whisk.
Remove croutons from oven and add to salad while hot. Pour dressing over
croutons to coat and fold into salad. Serve immediately.
*Salad is best when eaten promptly before croutons get soggy, so if making ahead, add
croutons and dressing last.
Combine minced garlic, chopped onions and ground beef. Brown in a large stew
pot. (Beef is very lean and will not need to be drained. Any drippings will add
flavor and will allow the onion and garlic to brown.)
Add all other ingredients. Stir to combine.
Simmer over medium low heat until heated through. (30 minutes is
Serve hot with tortillas. Garnish with fat free cheese, sour cream etc.