Caprese Bruschetta


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If you’ve ever eaten an Italian Caprese salad, you’ll love this Caprese bruschetta, a traditional Neapolitan recipe. The simple combination of tomatoes with rich olive oil, basil, and mozzarella on crunchy, garlicky toast makes for an amazing burst of incredibly fresh flavor!

It’s similar to Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad, but with a Neapolitan twist.  As part of an antipasti platter, it’s perfect for a special Italian brunch.

Caprese bruschetta spread on a crostini.

How to Make Bruschetta Caprese

Don’t let the complex flavors and the elegant name fool you, Bruschetta alla Caprese is not a complicated appetizer to make.

  1. Combine the ingredients and allow to meld at room temperature. If you can, use good olive oil with this.
  2. Toast the crostini and rub with a raw garlic clove for great flavor.
  3. Top the toast with the salad mixture. Add a drizzle it with a balsamic glaze. Drum roll….presenting… Bruschetta Alla Caprese!

Bruschetta makes a great “snacketizer” for having friends over for an evening chat on the deck with a bottle of Chianti.

A bowl of caprese bruschetta ingredients ready to be tossed.

*Tip: If you or your guests have dairy sensitivities, you can easily prepare this using avocado instead of fresh mozzarella. It’s amazing. Just make sure you coat the chopped avocado in lemon juice before adding it to the salad so it doesn’t go brown.

A bowl of fresh Caprese salad with a spoon.

To Make Ahead

If you know you’ll be in a rush, but you want your bruschetta to be fresh, not mushy, try preparing the ingredients separately, up to 24 hours ahead, and then assemble as directed just before serving:

  1. Slice the bread and toast, rub it with a peeled clove of garlic, store in a brown bag on the counter.
  2. Cube the cheese, dice the tomatoes, store in the fridge in separate containers.
  3. Toss the ingredients just before serving and top with fresh herbs.

To Store Bruschetta

One of the best things about this bruschetta is its freshness, so it’s best to serve it on the day of preparation.

Tomatoes do not freeze well to eat as bruschetta however if you have leftovers, you can freeze them and add them to pasta sauce, marinara sauce or soup.

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Bruschetta Caprese

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Rich fresh olive oils, fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes on garlicky toasted bread.

Ingredients

  • 3 large ripe tomatoes chopped
  • 8 oz small fresh mozzarella balls halved
  • 10 medium basil leaves chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 large baguette or Italian bread sliced 1" thick
  • 1 large clove fresh garlic minced

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Instructions

  1. Combine tomatoes, basil, parsley, mozzarella, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic & a dash of salt & pepper. Allow to sit at room temperature while you prepare the bread.

  2. Place bread slices under broiler for 1-2 minutes or until the bread is very lightly toasted.

  3. Immediately after removing bread from oven, rub the garlic clove over each slice.
  4. Top the bread slices with 1/4 cup of the tomato and mozzarella mixture.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 248, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 394mg, Potassium: 226mg, Carbohydrates: 34g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 6g, Vitamin A: 735%, Vitamin C: 11.3%, Calcium: 63%, Iron: 2.1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Caprese bruschetta spread on a crostini.
Caprese bruschetta spread on a crostini.
Top photo - Caprese bruschetta spread on a crostini. Bottom photo - Caprese Bruschetta mixed in a white bowl.

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