Balsamic Bruschetta


Bruschetta is a classic Italian appetizer that is easy to make at home. Toasted bread is topped with tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and fresh basil. Use a high-quality balsamic vinegar for best results.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
8 bruschetta

This top-rated bruschetta recipe proves that summertime gives you perfectly ripe and juicy tomatoes, one of the best ways to enjoy them is also one of the easiest.

What Is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta (pronounced brew-SKET-tah) is an Italian appetizer or antipasti that starts with a base of toasted or grilled bread. The bread is then served warm either with a topping spooned over or with a topping on the side so each person can build their own bruschetta. Bruschetta is meant to be served as a hand-held finger food, large enough for one or two bites.

How to Make Bruschetta

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Best Bread for Bruschetta

The best bread for bruschetta has a sturdy crust and is firm enough to hold the bruschetta topping. Choose a loaf of Italian bread, such as ciabatta, for a more traditional bruschetta. This recipe uses slices of French bread, like a baguette. Slice the bread on the diagonal at least ¼-inch thick or more to make an oval shape.

How Do You Make Bruschetta?

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here are a few of our favorite tips for making the best bruschetta every time:

· Quality counts: The beauty of a simple recipe like bruschetta is that it showcases the flavor of the individual ingredients. For this recipe, you can really taste the difference when you use ripe tomatoes and fresh (not dried) basil; the best olive oil and balsamic vinegar you can afford, and hand-grated Parmesan cheese instead of pre-packaged grated cheese.
· Add flavor with garlic: As an alternative to adding minced raw garlic to the tomato mixture, cut a peeled clove of garlic in half lengthwise and lightly rub the cut side over the slightly roughened surface of the toasted bread to impart a hint of garlic flavor. Rub on a little more garlic for a stronger flavor, if you wish. But watch out: A little garlic goes a long way.
· Be patient: Make the tomato mixture and let it sit for a couple of hours so the flavors can develop more complexity. Yes, the tomatoes may give off a lot of juice as they marinate, but if you think the mixture is too juicy come serving time, simply use a slotted spoon to lift out the bruschetta topping as you spoon it over the bread. Don't toss the liquid, though — lots of people love to dip into it with extra bread. If you're going to top the bread first before serving, save that step until the last minute so the bread doesn't get soggy as it sits.

Balsamic Bruschetta

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Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I made this for a bridal shower and it was a hit," says libs. "I prepared the tomato mix the night before and toasted the bread about 15 minutes before the party started. I liked the cold mix on the warm bread. I also appreciated that this could be prepared the day before!"

"Excellent," raves MELSY. "Served on top of toasted whole wheat baguette slices that were brushed with olive oil and garlic. I also added a little extra basil as I love the flavor. Have also served this on top of slices of fresh mozzarella cheese...equally as good!"

"I used two 14-ounce cans of diced tomatoes instead of 8 Roma tomatoes," according to blue eyed CC. "Added about 1/4 cup of chopped red onion, too. Everyone loved it. No one could believe that I used canned tomatoes either!"

Editorial contributions by Vanessa Greaves and Corey Williams


  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into 1/4-inch slices

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced

  • cup chopped fresh basil

  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    Overhead of Bruschetta ingredients in various bowls and containers.

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  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Brush bread slices on both sides lightly with 1 tablespoon oil and place on large baking sheet. Toast bread until golden, 5 to 10 minutes, turning halfway through.

  4. Meanwhile, toss together tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic in a bowl.

    Overhead of chopped tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic unmixed in a glass bowl.

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  5. Mix in balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper.

    Overhead of Bruschetta mixture with added balsamic vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper in a glass bowl.

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  6. Spoon tomato mixture onto toasted bread slices.

    Overhead of Bruschetta mixture being spooned on to baked slices of bread.

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  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

    overhead view of several balsamic bruschetta with basil on a baking sheet


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

197 Calories
4g Fat
33g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 197
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 484mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 88mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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