Appetizers and Snacks/ Vegetarian

Summer Tomato Bruschetta

Summer Tomato Bruschetta

Is it hot where you are? Good golly it has been hot in Seattle. So hot that there have been days when I haven’t even turned on the stove for fear that it would heat my house up to that lovely “I can’t even breath in here it’s so hot” temperature. It is on days like this that when I’m hungry I turn to snacks like bruschetta. Quick, easy and so versatile. This version right here, happens to be my favorite.

Do you have a snack that you just cannot get enough of? For me, in the summer, it is this Summer Tomato Bruschetta. I mean seriously, when my tomato plants start producing, I eat this snack daily. I cannot get enough. And the fact that it is so simple, yet so perfectly delicious is what makes it one of my favorite snacks ever. And while it may not be much of a recipe, it is one of my favorites so I thought that today, I would share it with you. But first….confession time.

I know it might not be a popular thing to do but… I eat raw garlic.

Seriously, I like to eat at least one clove a day. I grew up with a mama who touted the health benefits and while I do credit the fact that we don’t get sick all that often in our house to the idea that garlic may be upping our immune system a bit, I really, truly love the spicy hot taste of it. I add raw garlic to my salsa. To my guacamole. Salads. Veggies. Anything I can really. But sprinkling it over tomatoes like I do in this Summer Tomato Bruschetta is totally my jam.

I call for 4 cloves of garlic in this recipe but again, I kinda love my garlic. If you’re not sure, or if you want to test the waters a bit, try adding two cloves to start. Then work your way up to four.

And just remember, if everyone eats it, no one has to worry about garlic breath ;-)


Summer Tomato Bruschetta

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Serves 2 - 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 1/2 cups quartered grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 4 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling on bread
  • 8 - 10 baguette slices



Combine tomatoes, garlic, salt and 1 tablespoon olive oil together in a bowl. Mix well. Allow to set at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.


When ready, preheat a grill (or broiler) to high heat. Drizzle a little olive oil over the bread and place on the grill. Grill for 1 - 2 minutes or until toasted.


Remove bread from grill and spoon tomatoes, and any juice that accumulated, over the top. Serve immediately.



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  • I love this bruschetta and I, too, enjoy eating raw garlic! I love garlic in almost everything, and always put more than most people would in recipes :)

  • Kathy Hester

    I just got some gorgeous tomtoes in my CSA today. Thanks for the great summer dinner idea!

  • Chandra Lane Sirois

    I think that Seattle and Kansas City have traded weather! We have been sooooo rainy! Everyday for 2 months! These bruschetta will wipe away the clouds for sure.

  • It’s very warm here in CA too! This bruschetta looks delicious! I love anything bruschetta and garlic, so this is right up my alley! :) Stay cool!!

  • Janalyn K Salhaney

    I am a HUGE fan of garlic, too!! But I try to eat it only on certain days when I know I won’t be around too many people :) You must be getting the heat we normally have in Michigan, our July feels like April this year!

  • dinnerthendessert

    I love bruschetta! It has to be my favorite appetizer!

  • Michelle De La Cerda-Nash

    Eat that raw garlic! It is so good for you. Love this recipe.

  • Meg

    Oh so jealous your heat wave! Its been unusually cold here in the midwest and I hate it. And I could live of off bruschetta! Summer time favorite!

  • I adore a good bruschetta! Simple, but deliciously satisfying! :)