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Fresh Tomato Bruschetta

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Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


3 dozen

The topping for this simple Fresh Tomato Bruschetta appetizer can be put together ahead of time and refrigerated. We also love it on top of grilled chicken sandwiches, hamburgers and homemade pizza. —Samantha Cass, Swartz Creek, Michigan
Fresh Tomato Bruschetta Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 French bread baguette (10-1/2 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients.
  2. Spread baguette slices with butter; top each with a cheese slice. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat until cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, top each slice with about 1 tablespoon tomato mixture.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 81 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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  • Laurie73
    Jul 25, 2020

    Wonderful! I used half the garlic and added some green onions and salt to taste. I also added more vinegar cause I love balsamic vinegar!!

  • tennis-twin
    Jul 28, 2019

    This was VERY GOOD!! Made it for a group of friends and every drop was eaten!! Will definitely make again.

  • dublinlab
    Sep 8, 2017

    I toasted the bread in the oven, added the feta and baked it a few minutes then carried on as instructed. It was delicious. I will make this again. Janet. VFE

  • rllewis7
    Apr 30, 2017

    I used this bruschetta on top of homemade pizza. It was so fresh and light!

  • LeslieH
    Mar 10, 2017

    Really loved the flavour of this topping. Easy to make. I used small vine ripened tomatoes as that is what I had and did not deseed them. Used this when I made bruschetta topped chicken and spaghetti recipe from this site.

  • Toppitchlady
    Jun 16, 2016

    Yummy! Could eat this every day

  • anselr
    May 15, 2016

    Outstanding! Whipped it up at the last minute so served with garlic parmesan bagel chips that were on hand which was excellent, but can only imagine how yummy it would be with the mozzarella and French bread. Will definitely try that next time as well as on grilled chicken, etc. It's a keeper!

  • Lowcalmama
    Oct 16, 2015

    Excellent recipe! Lots of flavor. Made them for a bridal shower and everyone loved them! Several wanted the recipe! We love them!

  • fascinator
    Apr 18, 2015

    Very good. Didn't butter bread. Forgot to buy basil, so used pesto and added a little more Parmesan cheese to pesto, then didn't add oil.

  • hbaseley
    Aug 9, 2014

    Flavors are excellent. The recipe indicated I could make the topping ahead of time; I was worried refrigerating the tomatoes would affect the texture, but the topping was excellent and I made it several hours in advance. My mistake was broiling the brushetta 15 minutes before my guests arrived - my bread was very soft by the time we ate it. Make sure to broil, then top, just before serving. Also, my husband came home with pre-sliced mozzerella and I think they were a little too thick - the edges of my bread burned before the cheese fully melted. All of this was user error and not the recipe, and I will make again,