Toasted baguette slices topped with a fresh tomato and basil mixture. So delicious and easy to whip up. You’ll be making this homemade bruschetta all summer long!
Bruschetta is a great way to use up those fresh summer vegetables in the garden. Whenever we have an abundance of tomatoes and basil, it’s one of my favorites to make along with basil pesto, cucumber tomato salad and corn and tomato salad. So fresh and delicious!
One of my favorite appetizers to make during the summer is fresh tomato and basil bruschetta. I love growing tomatoes and basil in my garden and this recipe is the perfect way to use them up. The two flavors taste amazing together and make the perfect light and refreshing snack. I love to make bruschetta when we’re entertaining and grilling out on the patio. It’s always a huge hit!
What is bruschetta?
Bruschetta is an Italian word that means toasted bread with toppings. The classic bruschetta recipe typically includes toasted bread drizzled with olive oil that’s topped with a fresh tomato and basil mixture. The flavors meld together and taste super fresh and delicious.
How to make bruschetta
In a medium-sized bowl, add the chopped tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic, garlic and basil. Mix until combined. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Store the bruschetta in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to marinate together.
Bread for serving
I typically serve my bruschetta with a french baguette. The slices are smaller with crusty edges, which makes them perfectly bite-sized. They also toast in the oven pretty quickly. You could definitely use other types like Italian or French bread, however the slices will most likely be larger.
Toasting bread in oven
- Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with foil.
- Cut the baguette into 1/2 inch slices and lightly brush with olive oil.
- Bake until lightly toasted.
Grilling the bread
Place the baguettes on the grill for a few minutes on each side (flip when you’re starting to see slightly charred grill marks).
- Use ripe tomatoes and drain any excess juice after chopping.
- Add fresh mozzarella to make bruschetta caprese. It’s a wonderful addition!
- For more flavor, drizzle with a balsamic glaze right before serving.
- Wait to top the baguette slices with bruschetta until right before serving. You don’t want the bread to get soggy.
- Make bruschetta chicken the next day with leftovers.
More ways to use fresh tomatoes:
- Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
- Cut the french baguette into 1/2 inch slices. Lightly brush olive oil on the top. Bake until lightly toasted (about 3-5 minutes).
- Top bread with bruschetta right before serving. Enjoy!