This easy bruschetta recipe is a family favorite and one that is frequently requested! It’s the perfect way to enjoy a bounty of summer tomatoes!

Fresh juicy tomatoes are diced and tossed with fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, and a splash of vinegar. It’s all spooned over garlic rubbed crostini. Perfection!

Make and serve this classic Italian-style appetizer before a meal or as a healthy snack!

slices of bread with Bruschetta Recipe

What is Bruschetta?

When traveling around Italy I think I started every meal with bruschetta. I think the best bruschetta recipe is one that uses fresh ingredients and is kept simple. It takes me back to those little restaurants I miss so much.

Although we often associate the word bruschetta with the tomato topping, bruschetta refers to the preparation of the bread (cut, olive oil, and garlic rubbed), not the topping tomato topping.

Bruschetta is a classic Italian appetizer that is easy to prepare. Simply toast, rub bread slices with garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil. The toppings can vary but often include fresh tomatoes & basil.

ingredients to make Bruschetta on a wooden board

A Fresh & Flavorful Appetizer!

  • Garden-fresh bruschetta is perfect as an appetizer, a side dish, or a simple snack served with crostini and a glass of chilled white wine!
  • Bruschetta topping is so versatile! Mix it into hot or cold pasta dishes, add it to pizza and focaccia, or mix it into an omelet. Serve over grilled chicken or fish.
  • Use up leftovers of vegetables, meats, and cheeses, as bruschetta toppings, too!
Bruschetta Recipe on bread with basil

Ingredients for Bruschetta

Tomatoes – The fresher the better! I often use Roma tomatoes as I like how they hold up but cherry tomatoes add a great pop of flavor too. While dicing the tomatoes, place them in a colander to drain.

Bread –Slices from a sturdy baguette hold the tasty toppings and soak up the marinade. Any bread as long as it’s thick will work. Try this recipe for homemade garlic bread, or this homemade French bread.

Marinade While some recipes use balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar is more traditional. Use a great quality extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil.

Extras – Finely diced cucumbers, minced red onion, slices of fresh mozzarella cheese, Greek olives, or parmesan cheese petals make bruschetta into a new appetizer every time!

ingredients to make Bruschetta in a glass bowl

How to Make Bruschetta

For the best flavor, rub the toast with fresh garlic, then drizzle it with olive oil before adding the topping.

  1. Gently toss diced tomatoes and basil with the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir and let rest.
  2. Slice the bread, place it on a baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil per the recipe below. Bake in the oven until lightly toasted.
  3. Rub the warm bread with a clove of raw garlic.
  4. Top with tomato mixture and serve immediately. Optional garnish with fresh basil leaves.
baked bread on a baking sheet to make Bruschetta

Don’t Skip the Garlic!

Don’t skip rubbing the warm toasted baguette slices with fresh cloves of garlic. It adds so much flavor to this recipe. Once you try it, the garlicky warm toasts will be a go-to for dipping in soups, serving snacks, or even avocado toast!

fresh Bruschetta in a white bowl with tomatoes , bread and seosonings in the background

Storing Bruschetta

  • Make the tomato mixture up to 4 hours in advance, the flavors will only get better!
  • The toasts can be made ahead of time and stored in an air tight container. Ensure the bread is cooled before sealing or it won’t stay crisp. Leftover bread can be made into croutons.
  • The tomato mixture will last up to 3 days. Add it to sour cream for a quick dip, fold into an omelette, or mix it into deviled eggs!

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Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

Fresh ripe tomatoes are tossed with fresh basil, then piled high on garlicky toasted bread.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 18 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 20-24 ounces fresh tomatoes (4-5 roma tomatoes or 3-4 regular tomatoes), diced small
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon each salt & pepper (or to taste)

For Serving

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or to taste
  • 1 clove fresh garlic for toast


  • Dice tomatoes about ¼" 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 about 2-4 minutes.
  • Rub each toasted slice baguette with a clove of raw garlic. Top with tomato mixture.



A sprinkle of parmesan cheese can be added to the bread before baking.
Lightly drain tomatoes in a strainer to keep the bruschetta from becoming watery.
Balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze can be drizzled over top if desired. We prefer this recipe without balsamic. 
Nutrition is based on a serving size of ¼ cup per serving. This recipe makes about 3 cups.
  • Tomato mixture can be made up to 8 hours in advance.
  • The tomato mixture will last up to 3 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 105 | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Appetizer, Lunch, Party Food, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian

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  1. You say the tomato mixture can be made up to 8 hours in advance. Can it be kept out of the refrigerator the whole time? Also, does the bread need to be toasted and topped immediately before serving? For instance, could it be made at home and taken elsewhere, or should it be assembled later? Thank you

    1. Hi Donna, I tend to refrigerate it if I am making it in advance but it should be okay if left out. The bread can be toasted in advance as well, but should be kept separate from the tomatoes until serving.

  2. I’ve made this recipe a few times now. Just yesterday for Thanksgiving because I didn’t want to bring an appetizer that would take up stove or oven space. It’s always comes out great and is a crowd pleaser. As others have commented it does come out better when using Garden fresh tomatoes rather than store bought. A keeper for sure, thanks for sharing!5 stars

  3. An excellent recipe for bruschetta. We made the bruschetta as instructed and took to friends’ house to provide appetizer and repeated compliments on this.
    Will make this one our bruschetta recipe. Thank you Holly/spend with pennies.5 stars

    1. I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe Kathy! This has become one of my go-to appetizers that everyone always loves!

  4. I would like to make some canned bruschetta. do you think this recipe, written as it is, would be a good one to use? I’m very new to canning and I just want to make sure I do it correctly.

  5. We love this recipe! I think the red wine vinegar makes it even better. Fresh tomatoes are a must have. I tried it with store bought tomatoes in the winter and it was not nearly as good. I just made this with some Romas from my garden. So good!5 stars

  6. We love this recipe! I think the red wine vinegar makes it even better. Fresh tomatoes are a must have. I tried it with store bought tomatoes in the winter and it was near as good. I just made this with some Romas from my garden. So good!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know Terry! It’s one of our favorites too! You’re welcome!