This Easy Bruschetta Recipe is made with fresh tomatoes, basil and onion then served over crisp bread.
Summer is the BEST time to enjoy this easy Bruschetta recipe because it’s filled with produce that’s at it’s peak freshness in the summer months. That being said, in the world we live in, you can enjoy fresh Bruschetta any time of the year. Thanks farmers and worldwide shipping!
What Is Bruschetta?
If you haven’t heard of bruschetta before, it’s basically an Italian-style salsa that’s traditionally served over crispy bread. Bruschetta is also fantastic when served on top of grilled meats. It’s filled with freshly diced tomatoes, garlic, diced onion and fresh basil, then tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and seasoned with salt and pepper. Bruschetta is great for a quick and easy appetizer, light lunch or snack.
Simple Bruschetta Ingredients
Here’s the list of ingredients needed to make bruschetta…
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Minced Garlic
- Fresh Tomatoes – beef steak tomatoes, Roma or on the vine tomatoes will work!
- Purple Onion
- Fresh Basil Ribbons
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Salt & Pepper
- Crusty bread – a french baguette or rustic bread of some sort
How To Make It
This recipe for bruschetta could not be any simpler! It’s also a fantastic dish to make as an appetizer for a party because it’s easy to make ahead of time.
- Make Garlic-infused Olive Oil – Start by heating your extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Toss in your minced garlic and immediately remove the pan from the heat. Pour the garlic-infused olive oil into a large bowl and let it cool.
- Make Toasted Bread – While the olive oil cools, slice your bread into thin pieces and spritz with olive oil spray and sprinkle with garlic powder. Toast under your broiler until nice and golden, then flip and repeat on the other side.
- Combine Ingredients – Meanwhile combine the bruschetta ingredients in the bowl and toss to combine.
- Serve – Serve the fresh tomato bruschetta over the top of the toasted bread.
Can You Make Bruschetta In Advance?
YES! You can definitely make this easy tomato salad up to a day in advance and keep it stored in the fridge until ready to serve. The flavors will blend even more and it’ll be fantastic. Before serving just slice up and toast your bread and you’re all set!
The Best Ways To Serve
When it comes to bruschetta it’s one of those simple and easy appetizers that everyone will want to dig in to. There are a couple ways to serve it…
- Serve bruschetta in a bowl with a spoon and the toasted bread slices all around. This way everyone can serve themselves.
- Top each slice of bread with the bruschetta and place on a platter. More of a grab and go appetizer.
- Skip the bread and try on top of grilled chicken for an easy dinner or lunch option!
Tips and Tricks
- If you have time, remove the seeds from the tomatoes (or strain them). This will make your bruschetta less soupy and more salsa-like.
- Try topping with a sweet balsamic glaze for a truly delicious treat.
- Bruschetta is best when served room temperature or chilled. Especially when placed on top of the warm bread… yum!
- Use an olive oil spray to quickly coat the baguette slices, then sprinkle with garlic powder for an extra pop of flavor in each bite.
More Tomato Recipes To Try
- Homemade Pico de Gallo
- Tomato Cucumber and Avocado Salad
- Chicken Caprese Skillet
- Eggplant, Tomato and Mozzarella Stacks
Easy Bruschetta Recipe
- 16 oz baguette, cut into ½ inch slices
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 large beef steak tomatoes, diced *see notes
- ¼ cup purple onion, diced
- ¼ cup basil, thinly sliced into ribbons
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Turn your oven broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the sliced baguette pieces on. Spritz the baguette slices with olive oil cooking spray (or brush with olive oil), then sprinkle with garlic powder.
- Toast bread for a minute or two, until nice and golden. Remove from oven, flip bread over and repeat the steps above.
- Meanwhile add the 3 tbsp of olive oil to a small skillet over medium heat. Once warm, add in the garlic and stir briefly before removing from heat. Don't burn the garlic! Place the garlic infused oil in a large bowl to let cool.
- Once the oil is cooled, add in the diced tomatoes, onion, basil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Gently stir to combine. Serve on top of the toasted baguette slices.