Dair-Free Tomato & Basil Bruschetta
Transport your taste buds to the sunny streets of Italy with our classic Tomato Basil Bruschetta recipe. Bursting with the vibrant flavors of ripe tomatoes, fragrant basil, and garlic, this timeless appetizer is a celebration of simplicity and freshness. Whether you're looking to impress guests or simply craving a taste of Mediterranean charm, join us as we create this mouthwatering Tomato Basil Bruschetta that's perfect for any occasion.
4-5 ripe tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 baguette or gluten-free bread, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
Extra olive oil for brushing
Optional: Balsamic glaze for drizzling
1. Prepare the Tomato Mixture:
In a bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, chopped fresh basil, minced garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar (if using).
Season the mixture with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Toss everything together until well combined. Allow it to sit at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes to let the flavors meld.
2. Toast the Bread:
Preheat your grill, oven broiler, or stovetop grill pan.
Brush the bread slices with olive oil on both sides. Grill or broil the bread until it's lightly toasted and has grill marks, about 2-3 minutes per side. You can also use a toaster if you prefer.
3. Assemble the Bruschetta:
While the bread is still warm, rub one side of each slice with a peeled garlic clove for added flavor.
Spoon the tomato basil mixture generously onto the garlic-rubbed side of each bread slice.
Arrange the Tomato Basil Bruschetta on a serving platter.
If desired, drizzle a little balsamic glaze over the top for an extra layer of flavor.
Serve immediately as an appetizer, snack, or side dish, and savor the delightful combination of fresh tomatoes, fragrant basil, and garlicky bread.
This Tomato Basil Bruschetta is a timeless Italian appetizer that's perfect for entertaining or enjoying as a light and flavorful snack. It's bursting with the freshness of ripe tomatoes and aromatic basil, making it a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.