The croutons are actually salty hush puppies. I was prepared for this outcome but they were also too big, by more than 100%. Maybe cutting back on the corn meal. I may try that. For those of you who have done a class Ceasar dressing, I would do that. This dressing was thick, ike mayo, not like a home made dressing. More like a bottled one. bottomline..I'm no renewing my Food and Wine subscription.