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Cherry Tomato and Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Drizzle


Cherry tomato and basil bruschetta is a perfect appetizer if you are throwing a party or just enjoying a sunny day in the garden. It’s also great for when you want to make something special without much effort.

The key ingredients to perfect tomato and basil bruschetta:

  • Baguette – I usually make bruschetta with sliced baguette, drizzled with good quality olive oil and toasted on a pan or in the oven, but feel free to use any type of crusty bread you’ve got on hand. Also, if you want to make this dish gluten free just use gluten free bread instead of regular bread!
  • Cherry vine tomatoes – Any tomato variety would work as long as tomatoes are sweet and ripe, but cherry tomatoes are definitely my favourite! They are super sweet and crispier than regular tomatoes, which make them easier to cut into small pieces.
  • Fresh basil – It is a key ingredient in this bruschetta recipe! Brings a lot of flavour, freshness and tastes really good with tomatoes. Classic!
  • Olive oil – There is no bruschetta without olive oil! Make sure to use high quality Italian olive oil as it brings a lot of flavour to the toasted bread.
  • Garlic – You will need one clove of fresh garlic to rub toasted slice of baguette. This will add some extra flavour without overpowering other ingredients.
  • Balsamic vinegar – I love to drizzle my tomato bruschetta with balsamic vinegar. It brings sweetness and rich woody notes. Good quality balsamic vinegar moves like syrup and has very velvety texture. However, if you already have balsamic vinegar at home that is very runny (known as salad balsamic) you can reduce it by cooking for about 10 minutes in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Once it’s thick it will be perfect to drizzle your bruschetta.

This appetizer is simple to make and can be made ahead of time. It goes in no time so if you are making this for a party, I suggest making double batch so everyone have a chance to enjoy it!

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Drizzle

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Drizzle

Course: AppetizersDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 white baton/baguette/rustic bread (about 8-9 slices)

  • 250 g cherry tomatoes

  • 6 leaves fresh basil, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp olive oil + about 100ml for toasting baguette

  • 1 clove garlic

  • pinch of salt

  • Topping:
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • a few leaves of fresh basil


  • Cut cherry tomatoes into smaller pieces (I cut each in eight pieces) and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Stir salt into the tomatoes, add basil and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Stir to combine. Set aside or leave in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
  • Slice baguette or bread diagonally into pieces (about 1.5 cm wide each). I am able to get 8-9 slices from small baguette. Preheat a large frying pan with about 100ml olive oil and fry sliced baguette until golden brown on each side. Add more olive oil if needed. You can also toast sliced baguette in the oven for about 10 minutes. In this case, brush both sides of the slice with olive oil and line on a baking paper. Transfer to a serving platter.
  • Rub each slice with fresh garlic to add an extra flavour. You can also add chopped garlic into tomato mixture if you’d like to make it more garlicky.
  • When you are ready to serve. drain off the excess tomato juice that has accumulated in the bowl. Top each toast with tomato mixture. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and put one leaf of fresh basil on top of each bruschetta. Serve straight away.

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  • You can make the tomato mixture in advance and keep it in the fridge for up to 1 day.

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