Fresh tomato bruschetta

Simple tomato bruschetta with fresh basil is the perfect way to celebrate ripe tomatoes and is a delicious easy lunch or appetizer.
Course Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Bruschetta, Tomato bruschetta, Tomato recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 154kcal
Author Alida Ryder


For the fresh tomato topping

  • 500 g (1lb) ripe tomatoes (use a variety of tomatoes for added flavor and texture)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice/Balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the bruschetta

  • 4-8 slices (depending on size) bread of your choice (sourdough, baguette, Italian or Tuscan bread all works well)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove halved


  • To make the tomato mixture, chop the tomatoes then place in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the basil, olive oil and lemon juice then season to taste and mix well. Allow to stand for 10-20 minutes to allow the tomatoes to release some of their juices.
  • To make the bruschetta, melt the butter and olive oil together in a large frying pan.
  • Alternatively, brush the bread with olive oil and grill in a grill pan (or outdoor BBQ/Grill/Braai) until toasted on both sides.
  • Fry the slices of bread until golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove from the pan and rub with the garlic.
  • Top the toasted bread with the tomato mixture and serve.


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1111IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg