Using quality ingredients and simple preparation is the secret to the best bruschetta recipe in just minutes!

Made with fresh tomatoes, basil, parsley, green onions and garlic, all mixed into a lightly seasoned olive oil dressing, makes the perfect topping for crackers, bread, or crostini! Serve bruschetta as an appetizer or party hors d’oeuvre with a crisp white wine or robust red vintage. And it also makes a healthy light lunch or a substantial snack. This versatile recipe can be altered with a variety of fresh herbs, olives, or grated cheeses. Crunchy, juicy, tangy, and savory all at once, bruschetta is packed with flavor, texture, and pizzazz!

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What is Bruschetta?

  • Pronounced ‘broo-shke-tah’, it is an Italian antipasto dish that is served on grilled or toasted bread rubbed with garlic, olive oil, and salt.
  • Fresh tomato forms the basis of most bruschetta recipes. When combined with herbs and olive oil, it makes a bright, flavorful combination of just a few unforgettable fresh ingredients!

FUN FACT: Bruschetta is actually the preparation of the bread (cut, olive oil, garlic rubbed) over the topping.

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An Amazing Appetizer

  • Bruschetta can be served hot or cold. It can also be added to pasta dishes or served as a topping on pizza, or in an antipasti platter.
  • This recipe for bruschetta provides the classic method, but it can be modified and dressed up with a bit of mozzarella cheese, bleu cheese, or goat cheese crumbles.
  • Make bruschetta in a double batch because the flavors blend even more overnight and there are so many ways to enjoy it!

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Ingredients and Variations

TOMATOES: Take those late summer tomatoes and mix and match their colors and shapes in bruschetta topping! Otherwise, choose Romas because they are extra meaty and will stay firm.

BREAD: The key to a great bruschetta is thick slices of bread that soak up the tangy tomato marinade. Crusty loaves like no-knead bread, and little slices of crostini, are the way to go. No time to bake? Simply use hearty crackers and scoop bruschetta from a bowl like a dip!

MARINADE: A quality olive oil, fresh basil and parsley are a must for this recipe! Add some red wine vinegar for an even brighter flavored result, or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

EXTRAS: Taking a departure from ‘true’ bruschetta, other ingredients can up-level this topping; like diced cucumbers, minced red onion, or a mixed olive tapenade (chopped green and kalamata olives), as well as chopped sun-dried tomatoes will make bruschetta look even more elegant. Stir in a little smoked garlic or garlic confit for more depth of flavor.

CHEESE (Optional): Chopped bocconcini (mozzarella) cheese or parmesan cheese makes a ‘Caprese’ style topping that is equally impressive and can even be served as a hot bruschetta appetizer after being broiled a minute or two.

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How to Make Bruschetta

Bruschetta is quick and easy when you follow these steps.

  1. Dice tomatoes and drain them in a colander (as per recipe below).
  2. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and marinate for about 6 hours, if possible, or at least 2.
  3. Serve with French bread, a baguette, or crostini.

Tips & Tricks

  • Bruschetta tastes even better the next day! Keep bruschetta in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • Simply stir, drain if necessary, and refresh the flavors with salt and basil.
  • Serve it over chicken, use it to top a green salad or twice baked potato, or add it to a wrap with fresh spinach or arugula for a healthy, energizing workday lunch!

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Easy Bruschetta Recipe

The best bruschetta recipe can be made in minutes right at home using fresh, quality ingredients!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Candace


  • 8-9 tomatoes or 15 roma tomatoes, about 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 5-6 Tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 5 Tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced, or more
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Chop tomatoes into small pieces (about ⅛-¼ inch).
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Allow to rest for at least a couple hours, about 6 hours if possible.
  • Stir before serving. Serve with fresh French bread, baguette, or crostini.


  • Use a vegetable chopper for quick prep! Scissors work well to quickly cut up the fresh herbs, and a garlic press makes mincing garlic a breeze.
  • Make bruschetta a day before serving and refrigerate it in a covered container for up to 3 days. 
  • Serve bruschetta as a condiment over chicken, on top a green salad, or add it to a wrap.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 104 | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1225IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Dips, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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