Tomato Bruschetta

by Her Happy Balance on September 8, 2014

Last month while my friend Nicole was on her Honeymoon, I shared a guest post recipe with her readers. Today I thought I’d share what I cooked up with all of you guys as well. You have Nicole to thank for the creation of this recipe, so please show her some love as well.

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As the summer is quickly winding down, it seems like everyone I know who has a vegetable garden is having the same problem – more ripe tomatoes than they know what to do with! My brother’s veggie garden was growing tomatoes like they were going out of style! 

Matthew with tomatoesFarmer Matt

Now, this isn’t exactly a “problem” because  homegrown tomatoes are certainly delicious, but you can only eat so many salads before you need to change things up. When I feel like going south of the border I whip up guacamole or salsa, but recently I’ve been craving some rustic, Italian food. What can be more Italian than homemade tomato bruschetta?! 



Tomato Bruschetta
Serves 4
A rustic, Italian appetizer of tomato bruschetta with fresh herbs served on baguette bread.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 2 Large regular tomatoes or 6 plum tomatoes, chopped
  2. 1/2 Yellow onion (~3/4 cup), chopped
  3. 4 Cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 Large handful basil, chopped
  5. 1/4 Tsp. dried oregano
  6. 2 Tbsp. olive oil plus extra for drizzling
  7. Salt & Pepper to taste
  8. 1 Baguette
  9. Shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese for topping, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove the seeds from the tomatoes, then chop the tomato, onion, and basil. Combine with olive oil and remaining ingredients. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cut baguette into 1/4" pieces and place on lined cookie sheet. Drizzle the bread with olive oil and bake in oven until bread turns a light golden brown - approximately 5 minutes. Remove tray from oven and spoon tomato mixture on top of the bread. Top with grated parmesean or mozzerella cheese if desired. Serve and enjoy!
Her Happy Balance
tomato bruschetta

This bruschetta is super simple to make and can be done in under 10 minutes! You can easily double the recipe if you need to make a big batch for a party or if you have lots of tomatoes you need to use up quickly. And if you’re watching your carbs, I recommend substituting out the baguette and using an English cucumber cut into slices as your bruschetta holding vehicle. Either way, the flavors in this recipe come out tasting fresh and delicious, if I do say so myself 😉

What is your go-to way to use up ripe tomatoes?
What grew the best in your garden this year? 

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Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne September 8, 2014 at 10:19 am

Yum!! Bruschetta always looks soooo good! I love making guacamole!! Like love love love that stuff. Otherwise I try to just add tomatoes to every meal, and if the boyfriend is staying with me, then I try to sneak some in his meals, because he hates them hahaha so that always gets interesting. And our strawberries grew the best!! We didn’t really have a hot summer so nothing else really grew too much.

Her Happy Balance September 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

My manfriend doesn’t like tomatoes either! He’ll eat them in guacamole and a few other things, but it’s pretty hard to hide them on him lol.

Caitlin September 8, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Mm bruschetta is my favorite!! I made sure it was on our wedding menu for the apps haha. Think I’m going to be torn between that and the sliders for my fav 😉 now I need to stop and grab some tomatoes on the way home to make some this week. My fam and I love our bruschetta!

Her Happy Balance September 9, 2014 at 12:25 pm

That is a perfect wedding cocktail hour app! If you need any media coverage for this wedding of yours…ahem…I’m sure I could make a trip up to the Burgh 😉 I kid! But you must be getting so excited about your wedding and all the fun and hopefully non-stressful planning.

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm

The perfect way to use tomatoes.

Her Happy Balance September 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I agree, and it’s so simple! It really highlights the ripe tomato’s flavor.

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