Fresh Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction

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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Fresh Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction is the perfect summer appetizer! It’s a fresh tomato bruschetta tossed with light, lemony basil, garlic olive oil, crunchy bread, and drizzled with a sweet balsamic reduction!

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Fresh Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction

I feel like I have been waiting to share this recipe with ya’ll for like EVER!!!

Seriously… no joke!

I made this um… 6 months ago!!!!!

I know craziness! I promise I haven’t been holding out on you. I’ve had the best of intentions to share.

I took pictures… they looked horrid so I tossed them and was planning to take the pictures again but then life happened and my forgetfulness kicked in.

Garlic olive oil being poured over Bruschetta ingredients in a mixing bowl

Low and behold I was going through some of the draft recipes I had saved for a rainy day and this recipe was there. Thank goodness!

I think I have told you before, but one of my favorite ‘make-shift’ date nights with Mike is to make a big spread of appetizers, open a bottle of wine, and curl up on the couch with my sweet husband and watch a movie.

Fresh Tomato Bruschetta on a slice of toasted bread

Truth be told I could curl up on the couch with just this Bruschetta, but Mike is way more comfortable to cuddle with. 🙂

This Fresh Tomato Bruschetta recipe has quickly become one my favorites to make for that dine in date night!

Fresh basil plant and a bowl of olive oil and garlic

Why This is The Best Bruschetta Recipe

What I love about this Bruschetta is it has such a fresh flavor. Its light and super easy to make, perfect to munch on during the summer when all the vegetables and fresh herbs are bountiful.

I am all about tomatoes and decided to use two different colors to add a little more pizazz to the bruschetta, mixed it with lemony basil from my garden, some salt and pepper and topped off with a homemade garlic olive oil.

Yup… doesn’t get much better than that folks…

Close-up Fresh Tomato Bruschetta on a slice of toasted bread

Oh… wait.. it does!

Just add….

yup… Balsamic Reduction!

I may or may consider Balsamic Reduction to be its very own food group. If you’ve had it before then you understand. But if you haven’t… shame on you! Go make some or buy some now!!! Sooooo good! It adds tons of flavor to any recipe with just a little touch.

Top view of fresh Tomato Bruschetta on a slice of toasted bread

While your at it go out and buy the ingredients for this Fresh Tomato Bruschetta! It is the perfect dish to bring to the next BBQ Party or a light dinner to eat with your hunnie. Your choice, either way. Hope you enjoy!

Balsamic drizzle being added to Fresh Tomato Bruschetta on a slice of toasted bread

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Fresh Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 25 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • category Category: Appetizer
  • method Method: Stove
  • cuisine Cuisine: Italian


Fresh Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction is the perfect summer appetizer! It’s a fresh tomato bruschetta tossed with light, lemony basil, garlic olive oil, crunchy bread, and drizzled with a sweet balsamic reduction!



  • 23 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 pint of yellow cherry tomatoes, havled
  • 1/2 cup of basil, chiffoned {thinly sliced}
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 loaf of crunchy bread, sliced
  • olive oil
  • Balsamic Reduction


  1. Make Balsamic Reduction.
  2. Heat small skillet to medium low heat, add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil to pan.
  3. Next add minced garlic cloves.
  4. Saute for 2-3 minutes on low, do not burn! As soon as it becomes fragrant remove it from the heat.
  5. In a small bowl, add halved cherry tomatoes, halved yellow cherry tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper, and garlic olive oil.
  6. Toss to coat everything. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Heat a large saute pan to medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to pan then add slices of bread. Saute each slice for 2-3 minutes on each side, until toasted. Repeat process until all bread is toasted.
  8. Serve fresh tomato bruschetta with balsamic reduction.

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Fresh Tomato Bruschetta on a slice of toasted bread

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21 Responses
  1. Simply Suzannes at Home

    This looks amazing, Krista!
    I have bowls FULL of beautiful, ripe heirloom tomatoes (big and small) just begging to be made into something that tastes delicious.
    I’ll have to give this a try!
    Thanks so much for sharing,

  2. Mike @TheIronYou

    I love love love bruschetta. It’s such a fun and tasty way to eat.
    My friend Francesco from Roma told me once that in Italy they rub the garlic clove on the slice of toasted bread; the ratio of 1 clove per slice. :O Which is a lot. Like really a lot.
    I’d rather have your version. Looks so fresh and yummy with all that fresh basil and the balsamic reduction. YUM!

    1. Krista

      Yeah, I’ve tried it that way before. Its really good, but I’m way to lazy to rub each slice of bread. haha! 🙂 This way still tastes great and way easier… my kinda recipe.

  3. Cate @ Chez CateyLou

    This really is the perfect summer appetizer! Easy, delicious, beautiful, healthy, fresh – I could go on and on!! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  4. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    This is one of my favorite summertime flavor combinations! Your pics are gorgeous and I love the different colored tomatoes. I have purchased balsamic glaze at Trader Joe’s, but I have been wondering if I can make it myself. Now I know – thank you!

    1. Krista

      Oh.. thanks Heather! You are too sweet! 🙂

      I’ve heard the Balsamic glaze a trader joes is great, but I still prefer homemade especially with a good balsamic vinegar. YUM!

  5. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    I know most people look at bruschetta as an appetizer, but I would be happy to snack on these as my actual meal :). And balsamic reduction… you can never go wrong with that. It’s just so good on almost anything! Pinned!

    1. Krista

      It is seriously so good as just a meal, plus you don’t end up feeling stuffed afterward. 🙂 Thanks for the pin girl!

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