Quick and Easy Italian Bruschetta Recipe

Quick and Easy Italian Bruschetta Recipe

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One of our family's favorite dinners is a casual antipasto style meal that combines lots of fresh ingredients with crusty bread, creamy cheese, salty meats and tart balsamic vinegar.

I'm sharing my quick and easy Italian bruschetta recipe so that you too might create a fun dinner tradition with your family.

Image of tomato bruschetta, bread and sliced meat

This easy recipe requires just a little preparation and chopping of herbs and firm, but ripe Roma tomatoes and fragrant basil.

I share some tips below on making this recipe come together in just minutes.

In the time it takes to fully toast sliced bread in the oven, you'll have a delicious combination of tomatoes, garlic, onion and basil.

Photo of chopped tomato, onion, garlic and basil

Summer Garden Ingredients

What makes this recipe truly special is the ease with which you can grow many of the ingredients in your own garden or patio.

Easy to grow items include:

Tomatoes - Opt for the heartiest variety for your growing zone.

Onions - Substitute white onion with fast growing scallions or chives.

Basil - FAST and easy to grow in most climates!

Garlic - This easy growing vegetable that belongs to the onion family is harvested in summer and can easily be planted in containers with decent drainage. 

Easy Bruschetta Variations and Pairings

Bruschetta actually refers to the bread upon which delicious savory toppings are transported.

We typically think of tomatoes, garlic and basil combinations for bruschetta, which what I'm sharing here.

Please adapt your bruschetta recipe to suit your family and friends' preferences.

You can try all sorts of chopped and mixed toppings, such as:

  • Olive, garlic, and basil
  • Grilled peach, honey, and mint
  • Garbanzo beans, chopped herbs, and feta
  • White beans, garlic, and thyme

Make a full meal that starts with bruschetta when you serve slices meats, cheese, grilled and pickled vegetables.

Your antipasto platter can be the started or full meal if replenished through the afternoon or evening of entertaining.

It's fun to time your grazing style dinner with a few different types of antipasto platters, which might feature the following:

  • Bruschetta with fresh toppings
  • Meat and cheeses
  • Cold salads and pasta
  • Cold protein such as grilled chicken or fish


Overhead photo of an antipasto platter with toast, sliced meat, olives, tomato bruschetta

Bruschetta Best Bets

There are so many pro tips to share when making bruschetta.

From easy methods to prep the veggies and herbs, to keeping sliced and toasted baguette crispy, check out these hot tips!

  • For easy tomato preparation, use a soup spoon or melon baller to scoop out Roma tomato seeds from each half sliced lengthwise.
  • To quickly remove garlic skin from the clove, roll individual cloves atop a cutting board. There are mixed feelings on whether to crush garlic with the side of your cutting knife. I do and find it's easy to mince this way.
  • To keep toast crispy, not soggy, before topping with tomato mixture, let toasted bread rest on a cookie rack.
  • Top toasts just before serving and consider including a bowl of tomato mixture in a bowl with a serving spoon with your platter.
Photo of bread rounds on an antipasto platter


More Easy Italian Entertaining Dishes

Here are a few more of my fast and delicious recipes that are made for entertaining in warm weather.

I hope each of these recipes transports you to a warm and breezy patio on the Italian countryside.

And if you can't get there, at least you'll enjoy the food at home!

Roasted tomatoes and garlic with burrata

Roasted salmon with balsamic arugula salad

How to roast garlic in the oven


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Photo of tomato bruschetta on a small serving plate

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Quick and Easy Italian Bruschetta Recipe

Try this fast and tasty Italian bruschetta recipe that is a wonderful appetizer to share or enjoy as a meal with some burrata cheese and sliced meats!

Servings: 8 3 slices

Keywords: Crostini, Bruschetta, Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, Italian Food, Charcuterie, Antipasto

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  • 1 sliced baguette or other crusty loaf, cut into 20-24 1/2"-1" wide slices
  • ½ cup olive oil for brushing on bread
  • 2 cups chopped Roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped basil
  • ½ cup minced white onion
  • 2 TBS minced garlic
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste (1/2 tsp salt and 10 turns of the pepper mill)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 to toast bread.
  2. Place sliced bread on a cookie sheet and brush with olive oil. You may rub a full garlic clove on bread if desired.
  3. Toast bread for 10 minutes, turning once at 5 minutes.
  4. While bread is toasting, slice tomatoes lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Slice into strips and chop into dice.
  5. Prepare onion, garlic and basil
  6. Combine all ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl, turning with a wooden spoon to evenly distribute olive oil, vinegar and spices.
  7. Remove toast and set to cool on a rack for best results.
  8. When ready to eat, top toasts with 2 TBS tomato mixture, plate and enjoy!