Bruschetta is often served as an antipasto (starter) in Italian cuisine and is popular for its simplicity and versatility. It’s a great way to showcase fresh, seasonal ingredients and is perfect for entertaining or as a light snack The classic Italian starter. Make the tomato mixture well in advance if you can and the flavours will mingle for a much tastier bruschetta. The bread can be toasted over the coals and the tomatoes added in front of your guests. Try and use the best tomatoes you can find and make sure they are fully ripe. Make the tomato mixture in advance and store in the fridge to let the flavours develop.

Bruschetta with tomatoes


A delicious and easy to prepare starter or accompaniment. Use ripe tomatoes for the best flavour.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people


  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 6-8 basil leaves finely chopped
  • 1/2-1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-6 slices good bread such as a rustic french stick
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Completely remove all the seeds from the tomatoes and finely dice. You can do this however you prefer. I like to cut the flesh all the way around the outside of the tomato, leaving the core and scrape away all the remaining seeds or you may prefer to quarter it and remove the seeds. Combine with the garlic and basil leaves and season to taste. Add the olive oil and mix thoroughly. Leave to stand in the fridge for at least an hour, even longer if possible. Remove and allow to return to room temperature before using.
  • Quickly toast the bread over hot coals until golden on both sides. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and heap on the tomato mixture. Garnish with more basil leaves if desired and serve.
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Keyword basil, bread, garlic, olive oil, starter, tomato