Summer tomato bruschetta is a quick and easy appetizer, and a great way to use garden tomatoes!
One of the best ways to enjoy summer’s bounty is with dishes that highlight all of the deliciousness it has to offer.
Simple dishes with a few ingredients that really lets the fresh summer produce shine. Tomato Bruschetta is the absolute perfect way to do that.
Bruschetta is from the Italian word “bruscare” which means to roast over coals. Basically, it’s toasted bread with various toppings. For this recipe, you can toast the bread underneath the broiler or on the grill.
You just want to make sure it’s crunchy so that it holds up to the topping.
SUMMER GRAPE OR CHERRY TOMATOES: These babies are the star of the show so you’re going to want to make sure that they are the best quality you can get your hands on. Firm, ripe and bright in color. I like to pick a medley of summer tomatoes for even more color.
FRESH GARLIC: Because you’re not cooking the garlic, make sure that you mince it very small.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: Again, you want to go with the highest quality you can find. It enhances the whole dish.
FRESH BASIL: Another summertime favorite that is a must in this dish!
SALT: It enhances the flavor of the tomatoes and is a must with any fresh tomato dish.
DES’ TIP: To get perfect basil ribbons (or chiffonade), stack the leaves, roll them and then slice the roll thin.
Tip #1: I like to make the topping at least an hour ahead of time and let it set at room temperature. This gives the flavors a chance to meld and is totally worth it.
Tip #2: Although cherry/grape tomatoes are small, you still want to quarter them for this recipe. It’ll make the dish easier to eat.
Tip #3: Don’t top the bread until right before serving. Or better yet, simply put the toasted bread out and allow people to top their own. This will prevent the bread from getting too soggy.
Looking for more ways to use summer tomatoes? Try these!
Bacon Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad
Greek Pasta Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling
If you love this Tomato Bruschetta you’ll love these other easy appetizer ideas:
Note: this post was originally written in 2015. It was updated with new tips, photos and nutrition facts in 2020.
erica acevedoJuly 12, 2015 at 6:26 pm
I adore a good bruschetta! Simple, but deliciously satisfying! :)
MegJuly 11, 2015 at 4:58 am
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!
Michelle De La Cerda-NashJuly 10, 2015 at 11:29 pm
Eat that raw garlic! It is so good for you. Love this recipe.
dinnerthendessertJuly 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm
I love bruschetta! It has to be my favorite appetizer!
Janalyn K SalhaneyJuly 10, 2015 at 9:13 am
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!
Cyndi - My Kitchen CrazeJuly 10, 2015 at 8:35 am
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!!
Chandra Lane SiroisJuly 10, 2015 at 7:23 am
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.
Kathy HesterJuly 10, 2015 at 7:18 am
I just got some gorgeous tomtoes in my CSA today. Thanks for the great summer dinner idea!
Marlynn [UrbanBlissLife]July 10, 2015 at 1:12 am
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 :)