This Cherry Tomato Bruschetta is the perfect appetizer to make any time of the year. It’s easy to make, fresh, vibrant, and very satisfying! Instead of using a balsamic glaze, we use white balsamic vinegar to toss with the quartered cherry tomatoes to create a sweet, slightly-tangy flavorful bruschetta mixture. It’s definitely the best bruschetta recipe and y’all are going to love it!
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What is Bruschetta
Bruschetta is an Italian starter dish made of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. You can also use a wide variety of toppings, including vegetables, cured meats, or cheeses, but using tomatoes is the most popular and delicious.
Our bruschetta recipe includes fresh cherry tomatoes marinated with olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, and several other ingredients. Once the flavors mingle together, add it on top of baked french baguette slices. The results are irresistible.
You will need a few simple ingredients to make this perfect summer appetizer. These ingredients are available year-round, but we love fresh summer tomatoes the best. They are busting with so much flavor!
Cherry Tomatoes. You can use regular red cherry tomatoes or a combination of different cherry tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are our go-to for this recipe because they are bursting with sweetness, and we like to mix and match with yellow cherry tomatoes and regular red tomatoes. Any ripe tomatoes will work too, like Grape tomatoes, but they aren’t as sweet and juicy.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil. You will need olive oil to make the bruschetta and to help toast the bread slices.
White Balsamic Vinegar. We use only a small amount to add a tangy flavor to the fresh tomatoes.
Garlic Cloves. Adds a nice fresh garlic flavor to the mixture.
Shallot. We only use a small amount of shallot to add a nice earthy note.
Basil. Fresh basil leaves add a nice herby flavor with each bite.
Salt and Black Pepper.
French Baguette. Or, you can use ciabatta bread, crostini, or even sourdough bread. You can use pre-made bruschetta crostinis if rushed on time, like this brand here.
This recipe is so simple to make, and the bruschetta mixture lasts a few days in the fridge for a quick afternoon snack the next day or as a topping for salads!
Make Bruschetta. In a small or medium bowl, toss the ingredients for the cherry tomato bruschetta. Set aside to let the flavors mingle.
Make Bruschetta Bread Slices. Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F or as hot as possible. Or, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Cut French Baguette into slices, and add to a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil on top and toss together to toast the bread slices. Bake until golden brown and allow it to cool before adding bruschetta on top of baguette slices.
Other ways to toast bread slices?
After drizzling extra-virgin olive oil on top of the bread slices, you can toast the bread using an outdoor grill or a grill pan to make nice grill marks. This will add additional flavor with each bite!
How to store toasted bread slices?
Store in a zip-lock bag at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 5 days. When ready to enjoy, pop them in the oven or air fryer for about 5 minutes to crisp up.
How to store the leftover tomato-basil mixture?
While this recipe is best when fresh, it can be enjoyed days later. Just be sure to store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Make Bruschetta. In a small to medium bowl, toss together the ingredients for the cherry tomato bruschetta. Set aside to let the flavors mingle.
Make Bruschetta Bread Slices. Preheat oven to 550 degrees or as hot as it can get. Or, preheat air fryer to 400 degrees. Cut French Baguette into slices, and add to a pan. Add olive oil generously on top and toss together. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. Allow bread slices to cool before serving with tomato bruschetta.