This Bruschetta is simple, fresh and so delicious! The tomato, basil, garlic and balsamic glaze is such a great combo! Perfect summer lunch, side or appetizer. 

Bruschetta on toast with basil leaves garnish.

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. Hot Eats and Cool Reads may receive a small commission for Amazon purchases made through these links at no cost to you. Thanks for your support!

Looking for more recipes, books, food and travel fun? Follow me!

FacebookPinterestInstagramTwitter, and Facebook Recipe Group!

Check out my kids recipes, crafts and activities at my other website, Sweet Hazel Honey!


Bruschetta on toast on a white plate with gray background.

This recipe was photographed and updated 5/2023.

I'm so excited to share one of my favorites today! In my opinion, it doesn't get much better than bruschetta. It's fast, easy and so tasty. 

Bruschetta is a great way to use garden fresh ingredients, either from home or the farmer's market. Stop by a local bakery and grab a fresh loaf of bread too! 

This recipe can be ready in 20 minutes. I serve it as a side and sometimes even make it for lunch. Serve it at a party, and watch it disappear. It's always a crowd pleaser.

The combo of tomatoes, garlic and basil is so classic and always so flavorful. The crispy bread and balsamic glaze bring everything together. Sometimes we add freshly grated parmesan or fresh mozzarella cheese for another element of flavor.

No matter how you serve it, it's sure to be a favorite!

Keep scrolling for tips, recipes using fresh tomatoes and more! 

Thanks so much for supporting a small business and visiting our family owned blog 💕

Shopping list:

Bruschetta ingredients in a white bowl before mixing.

  • french bread
  • olive oil
  • roma tomatoes
  • garlic
  • fresh basil 
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • balsamic glaze

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!

Recipe tips:

  • I recommend preparing the tomato mixture just before serving, for the best flavor and texture.

four Bruschetta on a white plate with gray background.

More fresh tomato recipes you might like:

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • use garlic olive oil on the french bread instead of regular
  • add diced red onion
  • add mozzarella pearls
  • add freshly grated parmesan cheese on top of the tomatoes
  • add freshly grated parmesan cheese to the bread before baking
  • use sliced pretzel rolls instead of French bread

Bruschetta topping mixed in a white bowl.

Our favorite kitchen equipment and supplies used with this recipe:

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Bruschetta on toast on a white plate.
Yield 6 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
8 Min
Total time
18 Min



  • toast:
  • 12 slices thinly sliced french bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • tomatoes:
  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze


  1. Toast:
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Brush one tablespoon of oil lightly on both sides of bread slices. Place in single layer on baking sheet.
  4. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp and light brown, turning once. Cool on wire rack.
  5. Tomatoes:
  6. Slice the tomatoes in half, remove the seeds with the back of a spoon. Discard the seeds.
  7. Dice the tomatoes, then add them to a medium sized bowl.
  8. Then, add the garlic, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix gently to combine.
  9. Serve on toasted French bread drizzled with balsamic glaze.


If not using immediately, store cooled toast in airtight container.

I recommend preparing the tomato mixture just before serving, for the best flavor and texture.

Nutrition Facts




7.89 g

Sat. Fat

1.34 g


70.58 g


3.62 g

Net carbs

66.97 g


8.05 g


14.49 g


870.95 mg


0 mg

Hot Eats and Cool Reads is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe you try from this blog/website. You may not always have the same results due to variations in ingredients, humidity, altitude, cooking temperatures, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. 

You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information provided is accurate, complete, and useful. I am not a certified nutritionist and make no claims to the contrary. Each individual's dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual.

Bruschetta on toast held by a hand with a recipe title text overlay.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Recipes around this time in blog history....

One year ago:

Two years ago:

Looking for more recipes, books, food and travel fun? Follow me!

FacebookPinterestInstagramTwitter, and Facebook Recipe Group!


  1. As a pretzel roll and bruschetta lover Thank you!! This looks delish!

  2. I love this idea Sheena! Pinning for later. I Love a good summer appetizer.

  3. Doesn't this look wonderful? Pinning.

  4. Bruschetta is a perfect appetizer when it's topped with fresh ingredients like heirloom tomatoes! Great idea to use pretzel rolls. I think I could eat this for my whole meal!

  5. Turning pretzel rolls into bruschetta sounds like a wonderful idea. Now I need to make some pretzel rolls....


Post a Comment

Comments make my day! Comment moderation is enabled, so if you don't see your comment right away, check back later after I approve it! :) Thanks so much for stopping by!