This quick and easy Fresh Tomato Bruschetta recipe uses simple ingredients to create the classic Italian dish.
Whether you call them French tartines, American toasts, or Italian bruschetta, this is the perfect place to use garden-fresh tomatoes or pick some up at the market.
If you are a bread baker, sun-dried tomato bread with olives is artisan bread at its best.
I love the classic recipes. Simple yet so flavourful. This easy-to-make Italian recipe is perfect as an appetizer to any meal. Always a hit at parties.
RECIPE and INSTRUCTIONS for classic tomato bruschetta can be found at the bottom of this post.
Ingredients Needed For Fresh Tomato Bruschetta
- Fresh tomatoes
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Fresh basil
- Salt and seasonings
Simple basic, easy-to-find ingredients. This is the perfect time of year to pick some of these up at markets and fresh vegetable stands.
How To Make This Easy Homemade Bruschetta Recipe
In a matter of minutes, you can whip up this bruschetta topping. So much better than store-bought. Full instructions are in the recipe card. I also have some great suggestions and recipe tips below.
- Wash and dice the tomatoes and place them in a bowl.
- Toss in the remaining ingredients.
- Mix well and set aside. Allow about 10 minutes for the flavours to develop. Place in the fridge if you are not ready to use.
- To serve on bread, cut the baguette into thick slices.
- You can butter the bread and toast it under the broiler, or not, the choice is yours.
- Either way, just top and serve. I like to take it out of the fridge a few minutes before using it, just to allow the oil to warm up to room temperature.
So simple, yet so delicious. What a difference fresh ingredients make.
Tomatoes – Cherry, grape, Roma and plum tomatoes are great selections. I like to remove the seeds and pulp. You can also drain the chopped tomatoes in a colander to get out some of the moisture.
Herbs – Fresh basil is wonderful. I love my little herb garden. You can pick up fresh herbs at the grocery store. Feel free to add some fresh oregano, thyme, or parsley to the mix.
Balsamic – A good quality balsamic is best. The rich, intense flavour is just what you need.
Garlic – Fresh garlic or powdered, both will work. Use the amount you like, more or less is up to you. For this recipe, I used dried garlic cloves, reconstituted in water.
Italian Seasoning – The dried seasoning can be replaced with fresh herbs if you like. Adjust the amounts according to your taste.
Bread – I used a baguette, ciabatta is another great choice. You want dense bread that will not collapse when the topping is added. To toast the bread you can use butter or olive oil.
Storage – Bruschetta is best used within a few hours of making it. If it sits too long, it can become watery. It will keep for about 3 days in an air-tight container in the fridge. If you find it watery after storing, you can drain some liquid out with a slotted spoon or small hand-held sieve.
Freezing – You can freeze it, but the consistency and texture will change for sure. After thawing, use it on chicken or fish, and add it to pasta or rice. Makes a great tomato sauce.
Leftovers – Delicious added to eggs, a topping for pasta, chicken, seafood or meat. Add it to dips. Use it as a condiment for hot dogs, sausages, sandwiches, or even tacos. The perfect topping for garlic bread.
The bruschetta topping is generally served cold on hot or warm bread.
Caprese is a salad of fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella. Bruschetta is a topping made with fresh tomatoes and fresh basil.
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Since fresh tomatoes are in season, here are a few other recipes you can try:
- Simple Roasted Tomatoes – the perfect freezer recipe for great recipes all winter long.
- Fresh Puttanesca Sauce – simple and delicious pasta sauce with olives.
- Grilled Mushroom Caps – a great appetizer for your next BBQ party.
- Tomato Jam – is a great alternative to ketchup.
- Brazilian Tomato Salad – a simple summer side dish for meat and fish.
Classic Tomato Bruschetta
- 1 cup fresh tomatoes (diced, and seeds removed)
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 3-4 fresh basil leaves (finely chopped)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1-2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon parmasen cheese
- Wash the tomatoes. Cut and remove the extra pulp and seeds. Dice and set aside in a bowl.1 cup fresh tomatoes
- Wash and finely chop the basil leaves and add to the tomatoes.3-4 fresh basil leaves
- Add the chopped garlic, oil, vinegar, cheese and seasoning. Mix well.2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon parmasen cheese, 1-2 garlic cloves
- At this point, bruschetta is ready to use. You can also place it in the fridge until ready.