Tomato Bruschetta
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Tomato Bruschetta

This is the first thing I think of when I bring home a bunch of gorgeously ripe late summer tomatoes. Use only perfectly ripe tomatoes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Katie Workman


  • 1 long baguette sliced ⅓ to ½-inch thick (about 30 slices; see Note)
  • ½ cup olive oil approximately, for brushing
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 garlic cloves halved (optional)
  • 5 cups cored seeded and diced ripe tomatoes (about 4 large tomatoes; you can use any mixture of tomatoes)
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • cup slivered fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher or coarse salt or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Lightly brush each of the baguette slices with the olive oil and place them side by side on the baking sheet (they can be touching, but not overlapping – you may need two baking sheets, or do this in two batches). Sprinkle the bread with coarse salt.
  • Bake for 4 to 7 minutes until lightly brown. Remember that they will harden as they cool, so take them out before they get too crisp. If desired, lightly rub the flat side of a cut garlic half against the top of the bread.
  • Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. You can let this, and the crostini, sit at room temperature for up to an hour before topping the crostini.
  • Lay the crostini slices on a serving tray and top each with a spoonful of crostini, or simply serve the tomato mixture in a bowl with the crostini on the side. When you scoop the tomatoes onto the bread, use a slotted spoon, or tilt the spoon a bit, to allow some of the liquid to drain off…or use your clean hands. If you are topping the crostini, do it right before serving or the bread will become soggy.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 663IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg