Easy Bruschetta Recipe

This Easy Bruschetta Recipe is a healthy Summer classic with just 8 ingredients! Juicy tomatoes, tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and fresh basil.

3 pieces of bruschetta on place above

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I LOVE Summer. Not just because the weather is warm, but because Summer produce is so good.

Summer produce means fresh, juicy tomatoes; and fresh, juicy tomatoes means I can make this easy bruschetta recipe…all.the.time. Heck yes!

What is bruschetta?

Bruschetta is an antipasto (aka a starter dish/appetizer) from Italy traditionally made up of toasted bread with garlic and oil and often topped with tomatoes, vegetables, meat/beans, or cheese.

Today, we’re keeping it simple with toasted ciabatta topped with grape and sun-dried tomatoes!


Just 8 ingredients needed for this fresh, Summer appetizer!

  • Grape Tomatoes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes – you can also use Roma tomatoes.
  • Garlic – adds a nutty flavor.
  • Oil – I use the oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes but olive, grapeseed, or safflower oil will also work.
  • Balsamic Vinegar – adds a touch of tang.
  • Fresh Basil – provides freshness and sweet, peppery flavor.
  • Salt – enhances other flavors.
  • Ciabatta – a classic French baguette would also work but I love the chewiness of the ciabatta.

How to make

  1. Prep your ingredients.  tomatoes being cut
  2. Place grape tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, oil, vinegar, basil, and salt in a bowl.bruschetta ingredients in mixing bowl
  3. Stir to combine.bruschetta ingredients combined
  4. Serve over ciabatta bread and enjoy!bruschetta being spooned onto bread

How to prep the tomatoes

Depending on the size of the grape tomatoes I’m using, I either quarter or dice them. So just use your best judgement. It’s mostly about how big you like the chunks of tomato to be! As far as the sun-dried tomatoes go, I just mince them small enough so they can be incorporated well into the rest of the mixture!

closeup of bruschetta on plate

Best tomatoes to use

In-season tomatoes! Seriously. There’s nothing worse than a hard, dry tomato-filled bruschetta.

As for variety, you can really use any tomato you like. I use tri-colored grape tomatoes for some extra color but I also love Roma tomatoes. I also added sun-dried tomatoes for a boost of flavor and added texture. Basically, as long as your tomatoes are in-season and ultra juicy you’ll be good to go!

What bread to use

Although most people go with the traditional French baguette for bruschetta, my personal favorite bread to use is ciabatta. I think it adds just a little extra, especially when it’s toasted—crispy on the outsides while still the perfect amount of chewy in the middle!

bowl of grape tomatoes above


If classic bruschetta isn’t your thing or you feel like mixing it up a little, here are some of my other delicious bruschetta recipes!

What to serve with bruschetta

Traditionally, bruschetta is served as more of an appetizer, although you could also serve it as a light lunch or dinner! Here are some of my favorite dishes to serve alongside (or after) bruschetta.

Pro tip
Use any leftover tomatoes to whip up my bruschetta chicken recipe!

piece of bruschetta held

How to store

The tomato topping can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days. I don’t recommend freezing it because that will affect the texture of the tomatoes.

To enjoy again, simply toast your bread and finish it off with your topping!

– Jennifer

bruschetta on plate above


Easy Bruschetta

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This Easy Bruschetta Recipe is a healthy Summer classic with just 8 ingredients! Juicy tomatoes, tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and fresh basil.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword ciabatta, fresh, grape tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 54kcal



  • 1 (10 oz) container tri-colored grape tomatoes quartered or diced
  • 1/4  cup  jarred sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil)
  • 2-4  cloves  garlic minced
  • tablespoon  oil from sun-dried tomatoes
  • tablespoon  balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt more or less to taste
  • 1 loaf ciabatta sliced (and toasted, if desired)


  • Place grape tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, oil, vinegar, basil, and salt together in a large bowl. 
  • Stir to combine. 
  • Taste and re-season, if desired. 
  • Cover and store in fridge until ready to serve on sliced ciabatta!



Nutritional information does not include bread.


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 16.5mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.4mg

This post was originally published May 14, 2018 and has been updated to provide more detailed content.

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