Easy and delicious Cherry Tomato Bruschetta, the perfect condiment for topping salmon, chicken, eggs, toasts, and more! Made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, oil, and balsamic vinegar, it’s Paleo, Gluten Free, Whole30, and Vegan/Vegetarian!
I want to run around singing, “It’s the mooooost wonderful tiiiiiiime of the year!” No, it’s not Christmas, it’s tomato season!
For just a few months every summer, tomatoes are perfectly sweet, juicy, and crisp. I look forward to this season all year round, because really, is there anything better than summer tomatoes? No, of course not!
When I visit my local farmer’s market on Saturdays, the tomatoes are totally the star of the show, and for good reason. They’re delicious! Today I grabbed some cherry tomatoes at and made this amazing Cherry Tomato Bruschetta.
Of course, Italians use the word “bruschetta” to refer to the toasted bread. Here in the US, we usually use bruschetta to describe the tomato, garlic, and basil mixture we use to top the bread. So of course, this is inauthentically named, but I’m only half Italian, so don’t hold it against me.
Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
If you grew up in an Italian home like I did, most of the ingredients in bruschetta are household staples!
Here’s what you need: Cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic, red onion, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper.
To make it: Simply dice the tomatoes and onions, slice the basil, and mince the garlic.
I choose not to serve my bruschetta without raw garlic, but you definitely can if you like that! Many bruschetta recipes call for raw garlic, which works great too and would save you a step.
In my tomato bruschetta recipe, I prefer a slightly more subtle garlic flavor. I sauté the garlic until it’s fragrant, which takes a little of the sharpness out of the flavor.
Then all you need to do is mix everything together, season to taste, and enjoy!
What do I serve with Cherry Tomato Bruschetta?
I love this question because I could literally ramble on and on and on about it. There are SO many possibilities!
- A classic never goes out of style, so go ahead and serve it with classic crispy toasts and a bottle of wine for a relaxing happy hour.
- You could also serve it balsamic grilled chicken or a couple of fried eggs.
- Of course you can make my all-time favorite way to enjoy this recipe: Bruschetta Salmon. **I promise, this is the most deceivingly simple recipe I have. The presentation is so impressive, but it’s actually easy as pie!
Can I make it in advance?
YES! In fact, it actually gets better when you let the flavors marinate overnight. Feel free to make it the day before or morning of. You’ll love it!
Can I substitute other kinds of tomatoes?
Abso-fruit-ly! I know, I know, that’s a horrible joke. But yes, go ahead and substitute any other kind of tomato you like.
If you find yours are especially wet or seedy, you can cut the tomatoes in halves or quarters, then use a spoon to remove some of that part. You don’t want to have a bowl of tomato juice!
Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
- 1.5 pints cherry tomato
- 1 small bunch basil
- 1/4 red onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Mince the garlic. Heat the oil over low-medium heat in a small pan and add the garlic. Sauté the garlic until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set it aside. ⠀
- Quarter the tomatoes, dice the red onion, and slice the basil chiffonade. Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. ⠀