This Easy Bruschetta Recipe is a celebration of fresh summer tomatoes! We recommend Roma (or plum) tomatoes, which have a firm and meaty texture due to their lower water content, yet still retain a rich and sweet flavor. Toss diced tomatoes with a high quality extra virgin olive oil, a few cloves of fresh garlic, some flaky sea salt, and lots of fresh fragrant basil. It’s basically summer in a bowl! (Plus, it checks the box for a no cook appetizer — you won’t be turning the oven on for this one!)
You can enjoy fresh Italian Bruschetta on top of crostini or sliced crusty baguette (pro tip: rub the bread with a halved garlic clove first!), served over grilled chicken, or tossed with pasta, such as in our Bruschetta Chicken Pasta with goat cheese! Want to eat it straight from the bowl with a spoon? No judgment here.
Truly, one bite and your taste buds will be transported to Italy! For more delicious tomato recipes, consider trying our cool, refreshing Mozzarella Caprese Gazpacho, Cherry Tomato Confit, or this Tomato Mozzarella Salad next!
What’s In Bruschetta?
Fresh Bruschetta is made simple with fresh plum or Roma tomatoes, a high quality extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, flaky sea salt, and plenty of fresh basil leaves.
What Are The Best Type Of Tomatoes For Bruschetta?
Roma tomatoes (or plum tomatoes) are the best choice for bruschetta due to their firm texture, rich flavor, fewer seeds, and balanced acidity.
That said, you can certainly experiment with other tomato varieties based on your personal preferences and what is available. Heirloom tomatoes or quartered cherry tomatoes would be delish. Just ensure that the tomatoes you choose are ripe, flavorful, and have a good texture for the best results.
How To Make Bruschetta
This quick and easy bruschetta recipe comes together in a mere 15 minutes!
- First, you’ll want to chop medium Roma tomatoes. No need to blanch or peel them.
- Place them in a large bowl along with chopped fresh garlic, julienned basil, extra virgin olive oil, and flaky sea salt, then give it a good toss.
- That’s it! You’ve made fresh bruschetta!
We love the classic combination of tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar, so if you like, feel free to add a generous drizzle. You can toast bread and spoon the tomato mixture on top or serve with your favorite grilled meats or pastas.
While it’s best to assemble the bruschetta shortly before serving to retain the freshness, you can prepare the tomato mixture ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours. If serving with bread slices, don’t toast until just before serving for maximum crispness.
If you happen to have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. However, keep in mind that the texture of the tomatoes may soften more. Leftover bruschetta is best enjoyed within 24 hours for optimal taste and freshness. If enjoying with bread, toast fresh slices before serving.
Absolutely! Bruschetta is incredibly versatile. Feel free to get creative and add other toppings such as a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze, crushed red pepper flakes (for heat) or anything else that pairs well with tomatoes and basil.
How To Serve
- You love this easy bruschetta recipe as part of a lighter meal alongside other appetizers, such as a charcuterie board or other small snacks, such as Eggplant Caponata, Prosciutto and Melon, or Marinated Feta.
- It’s fantastic as a light lunch with a side salad. Consider pairing it in the summer with either our Panzanella Salad or this light and fresh Peach Burrata Salad.
- For added flavor, consider a drizzle of balsamic glaze or vinegar before serving.
Expert Tips For Making Bruschetta
- Use the ripest, juiciest tomatoes you can find!
- For an extra burst of freshness, sprinkle a little bit of lemon zest over the tomato mixture before spooning it onto the baguette slices.
- If you’re a fan of heat, feel free to add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the tomato mixture for a spicy kick.
This classic Italian appetizer is most definitely a crowd-pleaser!
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Easy Bruschetta Recipe with Roma Tomatoes
- 7 large Roma tomatoes or plum tomatoes, diced
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 2 tsp flaky sea salt plus more to taste
- ¼ cup loosely packed basil leaves
- Toasted bread optional, for serving
- Make the bruschetta. In a large bowl, combine diced tomatoes, 3 Tbsp olive oil, 2 cloves chopped garlic, 2 tsp flaky sea salt, and ¼ cup julienned basil leaves. Stir well, then taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
- Make ahead: While it’s best to assemble the bruschetta shortly before serving to retain the freshness, you can prepare the tomato mixture ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours. If serving with bread slices, don’t toast until just before serving for maximum crispness.
- Leftovers: Store in an airtight container in the fridge. However, keep in mind that the texture of the tomatoes may soften more. Leftover bruschetta is best enjoyed within 24 hours for optimal taste and freshness. If enjoying with bread, toast fresh slices before serving.
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