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Tomato and Basil Bruschetta Recipe 2010-08-20 13:00:45

The Basics: Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

When I was new to the kitchen, one of my favorite dishes to make (and eat) was classic tomato bruschetta. Now that I come to think of it, tomato bruschetta is where my love affair with all things crostini started! Since it's nice to get back to our roots every now and then, for a recent party, I whipped up a sensational batch of bruschetta.

Although the recipe calls for roma tomatoes, the heirloom varieties were too pretty for me to pass up. That's what I love about this recipe, it's more of a suggestion than something set in stone.

Select the tomatoes and herbs you want to use. If you feel like adding in a layer of fresh mozzarella cheese between the toasts and tomatoes, do it. Want to stir crumbled feta in with the tomatoes? Why not? Just be sure to enjoy while the tomatoes are at their peak season, now! Here's the recipe.

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Fresh Tomato Bruschetta Recipe


  1. 8 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and diced*
  2. 2 tbsp finely minced garlic
  3. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  4. 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  5. 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  6. 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  7. 1 tsp finely minced fresh tarragon*
  8. 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  9. 2 baguettes, cut in 1/2-inch-thick slices
  10. 6 cloves garlic, cut in half


  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients except bread and garlic cloves. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside, unrefrigerated, 3 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F. Toast bread on a baking sheet. Rub cut side of garlic on each slice; top with tomato mixture.

Serves 12.

*When I made this, I used seeded and diced heirloom tomatoes and omitted the fresh tarragon.





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fashionaza fashionaza 5 years
This is So good, I made it as an appetizer and it was a crowd pleaser!
rossy rossy 6 years
Just realized I left out something from the salad - ranch dressing!
rossy rossy 6 years
Sorry - meant to type: "recipe". And it's called pea & cashew salad. lol
rossy rossy 6 years
Just wanted to pass on a rather interesting salad resipe from my nieces' B'day party, if anyone is interested... - frozen peas (defrost in fridge, prepare when serving dinner) 1 onion of choice (sweet for me), diced bacon (fry to your liking), diced unsalted cashews salt & pepper to taste - It was surprisingly delicious! I even took the leftovers home with me. Please forgive lack of measurements - it was a large party, 2 large bags of peas & everything else was added until the ingredients "looked" right.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 6 years
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years
This looks absolutely delicious. I was hungry already and now I am almost drooling... :P
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