Recipe Box, Berry Salad with Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette & Monte Cristo Croutons

Grilled cheese sandwiches just got sophisticated…they met Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette and fell in love…


You can whip up this Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette in a minute, just 4 ingredients you probably have


Just put everything in a jar, season with salt and pepper and shake it up~


Crisp greens, fresh berries


AND a grilled ham & cheese sandwich!


I call these Monte Cristo sandwiches, which are often served with a jam on the side,  because mine have the traditional marmalade or strawberry jam dipping sauce on the inside


I made one with strawberry and one with marmalade, or use blackberry or fig~Let the sandwiches rest after cooking to make cutting easier


Carefully cut them into 4 fingers, then cut each finger into 3 squares


Bite size!


Load a little tray with the dressing and your salad


and go find a quiet little spot to enjoy it~


Full of flavors and textures- sweet, tangy, crispy, crunchy, creamy, fruity, cheesy good


It’s a perfect summer salad…


It would even be great for breakfast!


Prep Time 2 minutes
Course condiment, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 T salad vinegar
  • 5 T olive oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tsp Orange Marmalade
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Refrigerate for several hours if possible to blend flavors
Keyword orange marmalade sauce, orange vinaigrette, salad dressing, vinaigrette

Monte Cristo Croutons

Prep Time 12 minutes
Course Bread, condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 24


  • 4 slices Pepperidge Farm thin sliced white bread
  • 2 thin sandwich slices Havarti cheese
  • 2 thin sandwich slices Cheddar cheese
  • 4 thin slices deli ham
  • orange marmalade
  • strawberry jam
  • butter


  • Make sandwiches by spreading one bread slice with orange marmalade and one with strawberry jam.  Top each with 2 slices ham, then 1 slice of each cheese.  Top with remaining bread slices.  Butter tops of sandwiches and put into large skillet, buttered side down.  Now butter remaining side.  Turn heat to medium and let sandwiches cook until golden brown on down side.  Carefully turn over and cook until the remaining side is browned.  Let sandwiches rest on cutting board for 10 minutes before carefully cutting into small squares, 12 per sandwich.  Add to salad after dressing.
Keyword croutons, ham and cheese croutons, monte cristo croutons, salad croutons



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13 Responses to “Recipe Box, Berry Salad with Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette & Monte Cristo Croutons”
  1. Oh my! Those croutons! And the orange marmalade vinaigrette. Wonderful salad, Jenna! Yum!

  2. lulu says:

    What a wonderful idea for croutons, especially for one (me) who loves grilled cheese sandwiches!

  3. fairhopesupplyco says:

    This is such a unique and clever idea! I’m putting this to use tonight!

  4. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I love finding new fun things to add marmalade to! Sounds like a great meal:@)

  5. Mary says:

    Oh Jenna…Your salad sounds and looks wonderful! I love the idea of your sandwich croutons and your marmalade vinaigrette! So mouth-watering with your seaside view and fish salad bowl! Beautiful light you photographed by too 🙂

  6. Patti says:

    One of my favorite salads! So fresh and delicious. Your monte cristo sounds delicious!
    I’ll have to give it a try!

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