Garden Fresh Bruschetta

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Bruschetta is easily my all-time favorite appetizer!! Over the years I’ve created this perfect homemade bruschetta recipe with fresh juicy tomatoes, basil and seasonings.

Learn how to make bruschetta and it will become an easy go-to for using up summer tomatoes for years to come.

A large bowl of homemade bruschetta

When we were traveling around Italy I think we started every meal with an appetizer of bruschetta and over the years I’ve recreated the perfect bruschetta recipe. It just takes us back to those little restaurants in Italy we miss so much.  My husband and I often end up grabbing a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread on the deck and calling it dinner.

What is Bruschetta?

While we usually think of bruschetta as the tomato portion of this recipe, the word bruschetta actually refers to the preparation of the bread (cut, olive oil and garlic’d), not the bruschetta topping. Bruschetta isn’t always topped with tomatoes, it can be made with other ingredients too (like mushrooms or cheeses), but this tomato concoction is my favorite!

How to Make Bruschetta

If you’ve never made this classic Italian appetizer, you’ll find learning how to make bruschetta is easy, delicious and fresh.

The quality of this easy bruschetta recipe completely depends on the quality of the tomatoes!  Get the ripest, juiciest you can find, I personally use any variety (hopefully from my garden) and just go by the quality!   Some people add balsamic vinegar, however, red wine vinegar is traditional and I prefer it because it doesn’t overpower the tomatoes.

garden fresh tomatoes in a colander for making bruschetta

You definitely want to use fresh Basil for this recipe, when you go to the grocery store you can find it in the produce area in a little clam-shell package. However, if you look around they often also sell a fresh little basil plant which is around the same price but bigger and lasts longer. Fresh basil is essential to this easy bruschetta recipe!

What Kind of Bread do you Serve with Bruschetta?

You can serve this Tomato Bruschetta with any kind of bread or crackers.  I have used French bread but I find that a baguette is the best option as it is easier to eat without all of the topping falling off.

The bread is best brushed with olive oil and lightly toasted (which is the actual meaning of the word bruschetta). This step can be done hours ahead of time if you are preparing for guests!

Oh, one last thing… don’t skip the step of rubbing the fresh garlic on the toasted/grilled bread.  It makes a big difference in creating the perfect bite!

How to make Bruschetta to top on garlic toast.

How to Store Fresh Bruschetta

We serve this bruschetta at room temperature.  I mix it and usually leave it on the counter for at least an hour before serving.

Bruschetta is best eaten fresh but if you have leftovers, store them in the fridge in a sealed container for a couple of days. If we have leftovers, we will often make a delicious Bruschetta Baked Chicken or even spoon it over grilled chicken breasts or even on top of pizza!!

Can you freeze bruschetta?

Technically yes, you can freeze it but it will not longer be suitable as a fresh appetizer.  If you do freeze it, add it into pasta sauces, soups or stews for maximum flavor!

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Garden Fresh Bruschetta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly N.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Garden Fresh Bruschetta combines garlic toast topped with juicy tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. This is definitely one of our all time favorite appetizers! 


  • 20-24 oz fresh tomatoes (4-5 roma tomatoes or 3-4 regular tomatoes) diced small
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper (or to taste)
For Serving
  • 1 baguette
  • olive oil & fresh garlic for toasting

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  • Dice tomatoes about 1/4" and lightly drain.
  • Mix all ingredients and let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
  • Slice the baguette, brush with olive oil and toast or grill until lightly browned. Rub each toasted slice baguette with a clove of raw garlic.
  • Top with tomato mixture.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition based on a serving size of 1/4 cup. This recipe makes about 3 cups.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 86, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Sodium: 227mg, Potassium: 134mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 420IU, Vitamin C: 6.6mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 0.8mg
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Garden Fresh Bruschetta! Perfect summer appetizer and deliciously simple to make! Perfect as an appetizer & great over chicken. Use the best tomatoes you can find & fresh basil!

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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