Fresh Tomato Bruschetta is a simple to make appetizer that’s light on calories but big on flavor. Ripe cherry tomatoes are tossed in olive oil, seasonings and fresh basil and served on toasted bread slices. A delicious balsamic reduction is drizzled on top to make the flavors really pop!
How to make Fresh Tomato Bruschetta
When it comes to simple recipes, it really doesn’t get better than this! Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and place in a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, salt, pepper and basil. Toss and let sit at room temperature until ready to serve.
Make the toasted bread slices by cutting a loaf of French bread or Italian bread into thin slices. Brush the tops with a little olive oil and place under a broiler for a few minutes until they are golden brown.
To make the balsamic reduction, pour the vinegar into a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until it has reduced by half. Stir frequently to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Tips for Serving Fresh Tomato Bruschetta
- Use fresh, ripe cherry tomatoes. You want the most flavorful tomatoes you can find!
- Store the tomatoes at room temperature, not in the fridge. The flavor of tomatoes weakens when stored in cold temperatures.
- Making a balsamic reduction with the vinegar creates a thick, sweet balsamic glaze. If you do not want to make a reduction, simply drizzle with balsamic vinegar before serving. Or buy it pre-made from the store!
- Make it even more flavorful by rubbing the bread slices with raw garlic before toasting.
- Add fresh mozzarella cheese to create a Caprese Salad Bruschetta.
A simple but tasty appetizer that you can have ready in less than 15 minutes!
- 1 loaf Italian or French bread, sliced and toasted
- 1 pint red cherry tomatoes
- 1 pint yellow cherry tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 handful fresh basil, chopped
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- Wash the tomatoes and then cut them in half or quarters.
- In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and half of the fresh basil.
- Lay out the slices of toasted bread in an even layer and place a scoop of the tomato mixture onto each.
- Sprinkle with remaining basil and balsamic vinegar reduction.
Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
- Place the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
- Continue to cook until it is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 174
- Fat: 3
- Carbohydrates: 31
- Protein: 6
Keywords: easy appetizer, light appetizer
This recipe was originally posted in 2016 and updated in July 2018.