Easy Bruschetta Recipe

We’ve been making this easy Bruschetta Recipe for years and years. It’s a fresh and tasty appetizer that is so quick to make.

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During the summer months we usually have tomatoes coming out of our ears, and that means an abundance of tomato sandwiches, fresh salsa, sauces and this Bruschetta Recipe. This bruschetta is our favorite way to use them right away. It’s such a quick, easy, and versatile recipe. While it can be served on toast, in classic bruschetta form, we also eat it with chips, over grilled or baked chicken, or atop a hamburger. It’s some crazy good stuff. And so easy! So simple, but powerfully tasty! The balsamic vinegar, basil, and tomato flavors meld together to create an addictive combination that is devoured in no time. A bushel of tomatoes don’t stand a chance!

To get started, you’ll need only a few things: diced tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix everything together in a medium bowl and that’s it! You’re done. Serve right away, or cover and refrigerate until needed. The longer the ingredients mingle, the better it gets.

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It can be served as a bruschetta (toast) topping, but it’s equally as nice on chips, crackers, or my favorite, melba toast. I don’t know who Melba was, but I like that Melba, and her toast. That toast rocks. The melba toast pairs nicely with this topping because the juice/dressing soaks into the toast quite nicely without it getting too mushy. The toast stays nice and crunchy, plus it’s a lighter option than most chips and crackers.

A few tips for making Tomato Basil Bruschetta:

  • When shopping for Balsamic Vinegar, you will find a wide range of quality and prices on the market. For a recipe such as this bruschetta, where the balsamic vinegar won’t be cooked, I think a better quality vinegar works nicely. A little will go a long way! We tend to go for the middle priced balsamic vinegar to use for this and similar recipes, and use less expensive vinegars for things like marinades where more will be used and eventually cooked. That’s just my 2¢.
  • Fresh Basil is a must for this. Dry basil just won’t give the same depth of flavor and can add a weird texture. Look for fresh basil or grow your own!
  • Don’t toss any liquid leftover. It makes a great salad dressing.

Easy Bruschetta Recipe
This is perfect for spreading on crackers, bread or using as a dip with chips.
Serves: Makes about 2½ cups.
  • 2½ cups tomato, diced (about 4-5 medium sized tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vingear
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • extra salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a medium sized bowl add the diced tomatoes and basil, along with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix all ingredients together well.
  3. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve right away, or cover and refrigerate until needed.

Originally posted July 2, 2010. Updated June 23, 2015.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe

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  1. 1


    I do believe that that technique for chopping herbs is called chiffonade, not julienne? Julienne means matchsticks about 1/16″ by 1/16″ by 2″. I learned that from the Free Culinary School, in case I sound unforgivably pompous 😉


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    Tickled Red says

    I don’t believe that I ever get tired of bruschetta. I love your topping stuff,the fresh tomatoes are just leaping out at me :) Delicious!!

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    Wenderly says

    I could eat that with a spoon and drink the yummy juice at the bottom. I’m just sayin’!

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    Aggie says

    my favorite thing ever. love your beautiful tomatoes…feeling a little jelly!!

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    Sara says

    I do this but with apple cider vinegar and I add peaches to mine…. a delicious summer treat just on its own!

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    Ohh… I shall gather some tomatoes from the garden this weekend, pluck a few basil leaves and bake a fresh baguette! So fresh and simple! Thank you! :)

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    Serge says

    Very similar to my recipe, but I also add garlic. What a great summer appetizer :)

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    Tyla says

    The photos in this post are gorgeous! It makes me craaaave tomatoes, I can’t wait until they come into season here and bruschetta and caprese salad become staples.

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    Mmmm, love that BASIL pix! I can’t wait for our tomatoes. Too early to start thinking about them, still dealing with strawberries! :)

    Lovely post. I’m hungry!

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    Jami says

    I have a similar bruschetta recipe & never thought to put it in Melba. Will def. try that. Your photos are absolutely amazing. Love them.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says

    Great idea for a party or weeknight dinner. We love bruschetta. Hope you’re well!

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    SMITH BITES says

    we’ve had some fantastic food here in Vermont this week and homemade salsa w/chips has been a mainstay for lunch or somewhat healthy snack – great colors!

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    This is a perfect hot weather recipe. Thanks for sharing it. Hope you guys are having a great summer!

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    I love that you took the time to “dice” your tomatoes.

    Lots of folks throw them into a food processor to save time – but I don’t like mushed tomatoes – I like mine diced.

    Well done!

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