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Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

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Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 8
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Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

Weave yourself an Easter pretzel bread basket! Then, serve up a bright, crisp butter lettuce salad inside. This recipe is perfect for holiday hosting.

Ingredients

2
tubes Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Breadsticks
2
eggs
1/2
tablespoon coarse kosher salt
8
cups butter lettuce
1
cup baby carrots
1
cup grape tomatoes, sliced
1
cup ham, diced
1
cup mini mozzarella balls
1/4
cup purple onions, diced
Cucumber ranch dressing

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray the OUTSIDE of a large metal bowl very generously with nonstick baking spray.
  • 2 Open and unroll Pillsbury™ breadsticks. Roll each breadstick into a rope, laying out half of the breadsticks along a large piece of parchment paper so they sit about 3/4-inch apart. Beginning in the center of the strips, weave the second half of breadstick ropes in and out in the opposite direction to form a solid sheet of woven breadsticks for the basket base.
  • 3 Gently turn the woven breadstick sheet upside-down, on top of the inverted greased metal bowl. Press the bottom edges together so they interconnect at the lip of the bowl. Trim edges if needed to fit neatly. Place on a large baking sheet.
  • 4 Whisk the two eggs and, using a basting brush, brush the eggs over the top of the woven breadsticks. Sprinkle with kosher salt to create a pretzel flavor.
  • 5 Bake on the bottom rack of oven for 18-24 minutes, or just until the bread turns golden brown. Remove and cool slightly before lifting the bread bowl off of the metal bowl. Cool completely before filling with salad.
  • 6 Just before serving, toss remaining salad ingredients together in a large separate bowl. Gently transfer salad to the bread basket, taking care that the salad doesn’t compact. Serve immediately.
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A beautiful basket woven of pretzel-style bread is filled with fresh salad.

As prepared by Cheeky Kitchen,

For an Easter-time win, look no further than this bread basket salad!

What’s better than a bread basket? Why, a basket made out of bread, of course!

And this basket is particularly delish, because it’s made pretzel style with a golden egg wash and kosher salt. Served with a beautiful butter-lettuce salad, this dish is sure to trump even the dessert.

 

Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

Would you believe these four simple ingredients are the basis of this gorgeous, elaborate-looking recipe?

It’s not as hard as it looks! Grab these fourbies and get ready to bakesies.

 

Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

Start by spraying the bottom of a metal bowl generously with nonstick baking spray.

If you’re using a bowl with a lip on it as I did (which I highly recommend), be sure you super-spray inside the lip. Don’t want your bread basket getting caught up under there!

 

Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

Now, open your breadsticks and start rolling them into long, thin pieces. Lay this first half of ropes in a straight line like this. Place it all on parchment paper. That’ll make it extra easy to bowlify shortly.

 

Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

Then start weaving the second half, beginning in the center of the weave.

 

Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

In less than 10 minutes, you’ll have a big, glorious sheet of woven bread dough. ‘Tis perfection!

 

Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

Now flip your parchment with the woven dough upside down, placing it all on top of your bowl.

Take a minute and gently tuck the edges into the top of the bowl. Trim as needed, so the dough is fairly even around the edge.

 

Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

Grab a basting brush and add some egg wash across the top of your bread basket.

 

Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

Then sprinkle generously with kosher salt. It’s the pretzel way.

 

Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

Bake on the bottom rack of your oven until golden brown. Then cool, tip, and gently remove from the metal bowl.

Voila! Bread Basket a la Extraordinaire!

 

Pretzel Easter Basket with Butter Lettuce Salad

Serve it with our butter lettuce, ham, and yumyum salad, and set it on your Easter dinner or spring dinner party.

 

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This dish is just dying to be the center of attention!

 

Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's Tablespoon profile to see what she cooks up next!

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