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Bruschetta is the ultimate party appetizer! When I think of Bruschetta I think of summer and fun lake parties. This easy Italian appetizer brings out the best of the season in just a few simple steps.

Bruschetta toasts are so simple but look and taste incredibly luxurious. A drizzle of balsamic glaze adds a beautiful finish and extra layer of flavor to this garden fresh recipe.

This ultimate party appetizer is perfect to serve at parties as it is dietary-friendly. It’s naturally vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free! You can even make it gluten-free by using a gluten-free baguette. This means less stress for allergies or dietary preferences, and more enjoyment for your friends and family.


In Italy, bruschetta means a thick piece of bread that is grilled, then rubbed with garlic, and topped with olive oil and salt. It is then topped with a variety of toppings from tomatoes, vegetables, meat, or cheeses. In the United States, bruschetta has come to be known as the appetizer of pieces of bread topped with a tomato and basil mixture, not the bread itself, as it is in Italy. This easy recipe is the Americanized version of what bruschetta means in Italy.


This Bruschetta recipe is super fresh, light, and makes the perfect appetizer or side dish.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6


  • 3 cups tomatoes (diced)
  • cup fresh basil leaves (thinly slice)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
  • teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 baguette (sliced into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • Balsamic glaze



  • Preheat oven to 400˚F with a rack in the center of the oven. Arrange toasts on a baking sheet and bake at 400˚F for about 4 minutes then broil on high heat for about 1 minute or until the edges are golden brown.

Tomato Topping:

  • Combine tomatoes and salt in a bowl.  Let sit for about 15 minutes and drain tomato juice. Add garlic, basil, extra virgin olive oil, and pepper and stir gently to combine. 
  • Serve with toasts and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
Keyword bruschetta

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3 thoughts on “Bruschetta

    1. sam

      5 stars
      I agree with you Jack this is an incredible appetizer to have especially at parties. It is easy to make and is a great hit at gatherings! Deserving five stars!


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