This super-easy homemade bruschetta combines fresh tomatoes, basil, and balsamic glaze on freshly toasted bread.
Easy Bruschetta Recipe
Bruschetta is one of those things I always order at a restaurant and wonder why I am not making it at home.
It looks so easy and tastes so good that I decided to make it at home instead of spending money at a restaurant. So I did! This super easy bruschetta recipe is seriously so easy!
After making this easy bruschetta recipe, I likely won’t order bruschetta at a restaurant anytime soon. This recipe is so easy and fast and tastes so good that I can't believe I have been paying for it at restaurants.
This recipe is the best bruschetta recipe, hands down! The flavor combination of the fresh tomatoes, basil, and balsamic glaze is swoon-worthy! Don't take my word for it! Try this easy bruschetta, and let me know what you think!
If you need more easy appetizer recipes, check out these 50+ Easy Appetizers and Finger Food Recipes! They are perfect for holiday parties and events!
The second-best thing about this bruschetta is taking a second to admire your handiwork! Woohoo! You just created a gorgeous dish, and now you get to enjoy it. This Super Easy Bruschetta Recipe is perfect for parties, New Year's Eve, or, honestly, any day you want a quick and easy snack that tastes delicious!
You can't go wrong with this bruschetta recipe! We make this for every event we host, and everyone loves it. We now make multiple platters because they disappear whenever we place them on the table.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Super Easy Bruschetta! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- Roma Tomatoes
- Fresh Baguette
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Balsamic Glaze
- Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: Garnish with mozzarella or pecorino Romano flakes across the top if you want some cheese.
- Kitchen Scissors
- Sharp Knife
- Bread Knife
- Baking Sheet - We are huge fans of these baking sheets with sides. You don't have to worry; you will remove the Bruschetta from the oven and have them slide right off.
- 3-Tiered Appetizer Platter: I love how these appetizer trays are layered to show off your kitchen creations!
- White Rectangle Platters: These platters look fantastic set up with these appetizers. They fit perfectly on a counter or table.
- Gold Cocktail Paper Napkins: These napkins look great for appetizers
- Cheers Paper Napkins: These Cheers and Yay napkins are great for a celebration!
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead: You can prepare the basil and tomato mixture topping up to two days beforehand. Be sure to toast the bread slices immediately before serving so everyone has crispy baguette slices.
Bread gets soggy when any ingredient with moisture stays on it for too long, which we’re sure no one would be excited about.
Storage: Store leftover bruschetta topping in the fridge for freshness in an airtight container, and enjoy it within two days.
Freezing/How to Freeze: While it is safe to freeze bread, we don’t recommend freezing the topping, as it contains fresh ingredients, and freezing and thawing can alter their texture.
You can use any balsamic glaze you like! We use this delicious Roland Balsamic Glaze from Italy.
Cherry Tomatoes or heirloom tomatoes work great for this recipe.
Cheese - Add in fresh mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, ricotta cheese if desired.
Additional seasoning - Thyme, oregano, black pepper
We have a sweet-savory Strawberry Bruschetta featuring strawberries, mint, and mascarpone cheese if you want a fun twist on this classic Italian appetizer!
Vegetarian + Vegan Option: The ingredients in this recipe are typically 100 percent plant-based, even down to the baguette! Always check the ingredient list to be sure, as some balsamic glazes may use honey as a sweetener.
Gluten-Free: Use a gluten-free baguette and balsamic glaze to make this recipe gluten-free.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe uses one French baguette to make 24 servings. Scale it up or down to your desired yield.
Make it Spicy: Mix diced jalapeño peppers or red chili pepper flakes into the bruschetta topping to add a fiery kick!
Sugar-Free: The sugar content in this recipe depends on whether your balsamic glaze contains sugar, as some brands add sweeteners for flavor. Use a sugar-free balsamic glaze to make it sugar-free.
Tips for the Best Super Easy Bruschetta
- Did you know that there are different ways to cut a baguette? We cut ours short and straight in our recipe photos for petite, finger food-sized bruschetta, but you can also slice on a bias to create more surface area for more topping.
- Check out this Strawberry Bruschetta for a fun twist on this classic recipe!
What to Serve with Super Easy Bruschetta
In our book, there isn’t a wrong time to serve some yummy bruschetta! Serve it as a cocktail night appetizer with other elegant finger foods or a starter to a homemade date night meal with a side of garlic bread, a salad, and tiramisu for dessert. Here are some menu planning suggestions.
Sides: Sugared Cranberries, Hasselback Potatoes, Caprese Pasta Salad, Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash, Carrot Soufflé, Crock Pot Stuffed Tomatoes, CrockPot Shrimp & Grits, Strawberry Bruschetta, Shrimp Remoulade, CrockPot Bacon Wrapped Potatoes
Main Dishes: CrockPot Port Braised Beef Short Ribs, CrockPot Rosemary Pork, Caprese Eggs Benedict, Balsamic Chicken Skewers, CrockPot Salisbury Steak, CrockPot Beef Tips & Gravy, Shrimp Linguini, CrockPot Roast with Red Potatoes, Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Butter
Desserts: Hershey Pie, Sweet & Salty Chocolate Dessert Bar, Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars, Carrot Cake with Pineapple, Coconut & Port Wine, CopyCat Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, CrockPot Cherries Jubilee, Apple Blackberry Fruit Tart
Drinks: Alchemy Bar Revved Up Mojito Martini, Chocolate Cake Shot, Chocolate Covered Cherry Shot, Classic Grasshopper Drink, Cranberry Mimosa, Raspberry Pomegranate Lemonade Cocktail, 40 Is the New 20 Martini Cocktail, Martini Seduction, Alchemist Sidecar
When to Serve
- Cocktail Night
- Dinner Date Night
- Dinner and Drinks
- Savory Snack
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Super Easy Bruschetta Recipe
- Chop the basil into strips, I like to roll it up and use kitchen scissors to cut it
- Cut the Roma Tomato into small pieces
- Slice the baguette into ½ inch slices and drizzle with olive oil
- Place the baguette slices on a hot griddle or the barbecue and heat the slices for a couple of minutes on each side until you can see light brown lines across the bread
- Combine the basil and tomatoes in a bowl, toss with a bit of olive oil
- Spread tomatoes and basil on top of the baguette slices
- Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze
Originally shared July 24, 2013, updated on February 4, 2020