Make this Fresh Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

This recipe makes a great appetizer, but I will tell you that there have been plenty of summer nights when this tomato bruschetta was an entire meal for us. Tomatoes fresh out of the garden plus too-hot-to-cook weather? It’ s a perfect match! 

This tomato tart is another great way to use garden fresh tomatoes!

tomato mixture on toasts

With just a handful of ingredients and a bit of chopping, this bruschetta is ready in no time.

Some people like to sprinkle on a bit of Parmesan cheese and run them under the broiler. I prefer to make it a DIY bruschetta, setting the bread out in a basket or on a board for people to top with the tomato mixture themselves.

bowl of chopped tomatoes and spices from above

What is bruschetta?

You might be surprised to know that the word bruschetta refers more to the bread than the topping. Meant to be simple sustenance, bruschetta hails from Italy, where it might be topped with tomato (bruschetta con pomodoro), vegetables, beans, meat, or cheese.

Perfect as an appetizer, bruschetta also makes a lovely light lunch.

ingredients: bread, tomatoes, olives, garlic, fresh basil, oil, salt and pepper

Ingredients

Bread — A nice crusty French bread baguette is perfect for this. No baguette? Use a full sized loaf and cut each slice in quarters. 

Tomatoes — You can use any variety of tomato, but if you choose a very juicy variety, you’ll probably need to drain off some of the juice before you add the remaining ingredients. Too much liquid can make the bruschetta soggy. Roma tomatoes are a great option since they’re so meaty.

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Basil — Here’s where you’re going to want to use your garden fresh basil. Chop it into small pieces. 

Olive oil — Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil. The recipe doesn’t call for much, but the flavor of the oil will shine through.

Garlic — Finely chopped garlic adds that spicy zing we all love so much. Can you use powdered? You could, but…

Kalamata olives — These olives always have a place in my fridge and they are a flavorful addition to this delicious bruschetta. 

3-panel showing addition of basil, then olives, to tomato bruschetta

Making tomato bruschetta

We love, love, love crispy bruschetta toasts topped with this garden fresh tomato blend. And it’s so amazingly easy! It’s a simple matter of chopping the ingredients and combining them in a bowl.

To make the crispy toasts, cut a baguette loaf into 1/2″ slices. Place the slices on a baking sheet and brush on a very thin coat of olive oil. Place baking sheet under a pre-heated broiler for a minute or two.

Whatever you do, don’t walk away! 

Flip slices of bread and return the baking sheet to the oven for another minute or so, just until the bread begins to brown.

tomato bruschetta on toasts

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tomato mixture on toasts

Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes

This easy diced tomato combination is the perfect summertime topping for toasted bruschetta!

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette loaf
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 5-6 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 20 kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to the "broil" setting.
  2. Cut baguette into 1/2" slices. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush lightly with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Broil bread slices for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned. Turn slices and repeat.
  3. Place toasts in a basket or on your preferred serving dish.
  4. Mix chopped tomatoes, with one tablespoon olive oil and add remaining ingredients. Stir until combined.
  5. Serve with toasted bread slices.
  6. OPTIONAL: For a parmesan topped bruschetta, leave toasts on the baking sheet and spoon tomato mixture onto the bread. Sprinkle each with fresh Parmesan cheese and return to broiler for just a minute or two.

Notes

You can use any variety of tomato, but if you choose a very juicy variety, you'll probably need to drain off some of the juice before you add the remaining ingredients. Too much liquid can make the bruschetta soggy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 2 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 429mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g

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Originally published July 2019, this post has been updated.

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  • Carol L Dec 29, 2021 @ 20:23

    I’m 68. When I was young, although my parents both worked, we didn’t have lots of money. We would frequently have what mom called “Poor Man’s Pizza”: sourdough bread with olive oil to coat one side, then topped with tomato sauce, green olives and cheese, put into the oven and broiled until the cheese was bubbly. It was so yummy. We also had milk toast for dinner, or S.O.S.: toasted bread with hamburger gravy on top. (both parents were in the Army, in Korea) My least favorite was either corned beef and cabbage (hated the smell) or even worse, stewed tomatoes over saltines. This brings back memories and I’m looking forward to making both this and Poor Man’s Pizza soon.

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