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Garden Fresh Bruschetta Recipe

In this post I’m sharing a delicious Garden Fresh Bruschetta Recipe.

Hey Y’all! I’m so excited to share this easy bruschetta using fresh tomatoes from your garden.

If you’re like me then you are getting an abundance of cherry tomatoes and trying to think of ways to use them. That’s when I decided to make this favorite Italian antipasto starter to enjoy for lunch.

You’ll love this bruschetta recipe just as much as the appetizers that you order at your favorite eating places because it’s even better! It’s so fresh and flavorful.

Simple Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Bruschetta antipasto appetizer on a wooden serving board

Traditionally, the bruschetta bread slices are grilled but I toasted mine in the oven using the broiler. Do whatever is easiest for you.

Although I kept my marinated tomato salad mixture simple, it can be easily customized to your own liking with the addition of other vegetables, fruits or meats. Cooked shrimp would make a great addition.

Toasted Italian bread pieces with marinated tomato topping in bruschetta recipe

The fresh tomato topping may be served on the toasted bread at room temperature or heated if you prefer.

A drizzle of balsamic glaze adds a beautiful finish and extra layer of flavor to this garden fresh bruschetta recipe. 

How to Make Bruschetta

Steps for preparing bruschetta

The steps for preparing this recipe are fairly simple. I recommend making the tomato topping mixture first to allow it time to marinate.

I picked up a pre-sliced Italian round loaf from the grocery store bakery. It was sliced to the perfect thickness needed for this appetizer.

I cut some of the longer slices in half at an angle to make it easier to handle while eating.

I prepared a basic butter and garlic paste spread for the bread so that it toasted up beautifully with a delicious garlic butter flavor.

Recipe using fresh tomatoes from your garden

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Yield: 16 Pieces

Garden Fresh Bruschetta Recipe

Recipe for Bruschetta made with tomatoes from the garden, herbs and garlic on toasted Italian bread with a balsamic glaze drizzle

Easy bruschetta recipe using fresh tomatoes from the garden to prepare this tasty Italian antipasto appetizer.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


Fresh Marinated Tomato Bruschetta Topping

  • 2 c Cherry Tomatoes, halved or quartered (about 1 pint if using store bought tomatoes)
  • 10 Fresh Basil Leaves, chiffonade cut or torn.
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, minced
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt, or to taste
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano Flakes
  • 1/4 c Olive Oil

Toasted Bruschetta Bread

  • 1 Italian Round, sliced
  • 4 tbs Softened Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste (or 1 clove garlic pasted)

Additional Topping

  • Balsamic Glaze (optional)


Prepare the Tomato Topping

  1. Slice and quarter fresh cherry tomatoes and add to a mixing bowl. Large tomato varieties may be used if cut into small pieces.
  2. Chiffonade the basil leaves and add to the tomatoes; add minced garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and olive oil. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. Allow the tomato topping to marinate a few minutes.

Toasted Bread Pieces

  1. Combine softened butter and garlic paste together then spread over Italian round bread slices. Place the slices on a lined baking sheet.
  2. Place in the oven under the broiler for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Keep a watch when using the boiler to prevent burning.


  1. Assemble the bruschetta by adding the tomato topping to each bread slice.
  2. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, if desired, and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 slices

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
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Barbara Miller

Wednesday 19th of April 2023

This looks and sounds delicious, TY. I know you are a summer tomato lover. Try this sometime. Remove the skins of 2-3 beefsteak type tomatoes. Remove the stem then quarter and cut then those into bite size. Place them in a heat safe bowl and set aside. In a small skillet over med low heat make some browned butter using 4 tbsp for this many tomatoes. As soon as it is ready spoon the butter over the tomato pieces. Sizzle time. Toss and eat warm. makes 1-2 servings (put the tomatoes in separate bowls for each serving before adding the butter) A great snack, light lunch or starter for a meal.

Julia Jordan

Thursday 20th of April 2023

That sounds delicious, Barbara! I will try that as soon as I can get some good maters.


Monday 17th of August 2020

OH YUMMY! I have a garden full of tomatoes calling out to this recipe! Thank you for sharing it.

Julia Jordan

Monday 17th of August 2020

You're so welcome! I hope that you get a chance to try it soon.


Thursday 9th of July 2020

Our tomatoes should start ripening any time. I can't wait. This will be on my must make list!

Julia Jordan

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Carlee, I know you'll enjoy all of those fresh tomatoes from your garden. Thanks for stopping by! ~Julia

Mary A Marshall

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Yummilicious deliciousness right there!! I love it.

Julia Jordan

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Mary, Thank you so much! We enjoyed using our own garden tomatoes in this recipe. ~Julia

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