This cherry tomato bruschetta recipe is ridiculously easy! This recipe takes 5 minutes to toss together and uses 5 ingredients you probably already have. That means you'll be enjoying your appetizer in no time!
5 minute prep-time with minimal chopping using pantry ingredients you probably already have, this cherry tomato bruschetta recipe couldn't get any easier! I also designed this recipe to use the least amount of utensils, which means less cleanup and fewer dishes.
📸 See How to Make This Recipe
While the instructions for this cherry tomato bruschetta recipe are pretty straightforward, I always like to provide a few photos just to show each step of the recipe-making process. Below, you'll see 5 simple (but super flavorful) ingredients along with 3 steps!
- Slice your cherry tomatoes.
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss for about 30 seconds or until well-combined.
- Top your sauced cherry tomatoes on a crusty slice of bread and drizzle over the remaining seasoned balsamic and olive oil sitting in the bottom of the bowl.
Check out the recipe card below for more detailed ingredients and instructions.
🔁 Ingredient swaps
Don't have all the listed ingredients? No problem! What's great about this recipe is that you can make a few simple ingredient substitutions utilizing what you already have on hand. (Amazon affiliate links below)
- Replace balsamic vinegar with red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar.
- Instead of cherry tomatoes, use any kind of chopped tomatoes.
- Mix your own Italian seasoning with dried basil, dried oregano, or fresh chopped basil.
- Rather than olive oil try any flavorless oil, like canola, vegetable oil, or safflower oil.
- Crusty bread isn't all you can top. Try a hardy cracker, toasted pita bread, or enjoy it all on its own with mozzarella as a caprese salad.
✨ 3 Ways to Elevate Your Bruschetta
With such few ingredients, every element of this dish is magnified. This is the time to showcase your high-quality ingredients because you can really see and taste the difference!
Multi-Color Cherry Tomatoes
An easy way to visually take this recipe to the next level is by using multi-color cherry tomatoes. Adding a pop of yellow and green color amongst all the bright red will make this dish even more beautiful and eye-catching!
High-Quality Balsamic Vinegar
While any balsamic vinegar works well, using a high-quality brand will take your dish over the edge. This Colavita balsamic vinegar is one of my absolute favorites! If you really want to go all out, finish each piece of bruschetta with a drizzle of reduced balsamic glaze before serving.
Finishing Olive Oil
From everyday cooking to a final finishing drizzle, there are many different types of olive oils that are used for different culinary applications. For this recipe, I used my go-to California Olive Ranch Everyday Olive Oil, which I consider an in-between olive oil, perfect for sautéing vegetables and creating delicately flavored salad dressings.
Elevate your bruschetta with a high-quality finishing olive oil that will provide a mild nutty flavor and smooth mouthfeel. A finishing olive oil is usually the final garnish on a dish and is not meant to be heated or cooked.
⏱ Make Ahead Instructions
While this recipe can be enjoyed right away, the flavors intensify as the ingredients continue to marinate. You can store the prepped and marinated cherry tomatoes in a sealed container for up to three days in the refrigerator.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: When pulling your prepped and marinated cherry tomatoes from the refrigerator, leave the container out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving. Olive oil solidifies in colder temperatures, so letting it sit at room temperature will turn the oil back into a liquid. Give everything one final toss before serving.
🍴 7 Ways to use your Leftover Cherry Tomatoes
This cherry tomato recipe is so versatile, don't just limit yourself to a piece of bread! Here are 7 unique ways to use your bruschetta:
- With lettuce as a salad topping
- Toppings on a pizza
- In a no-lettuce panzanella salad
- Topped on avocado toast
- On an open-faced scrambled egg sandwich
- Served on top of fish
- Tossed in a hot pasta or cold pasta salad - make a pasta sauce with the leftover seasoned vinegar and olive oil!
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Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
This easy cherry tomato bruschetta recipe has only 5 simple ingredients and takes a few minutes to prepare. With the natural tangy cherry tomato sweetness paired with the bite of the Italian seasoned balsamic vinegar, this cherry tomato bruschetta recipe will be your crusty breads new best friend. Enjoy as an afternoon snack or party appetizer!
- Prep Time: 4 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 minute
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 ½ cups cherry tomato toppings for 3-4 people 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Chopping
- Cuisine: Italian
- Diet: Vegan
1 pint of cherry tomatoes (2 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoon salt
Serve with toasted crusty bread slices
- Cut cherry tomatoes in half or into quarters (see Note 1.)
- In a medium sized bowl, add in the halved cherry tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, and salt. Using a spoon, toss all ingredients together for about 30 seconds or until well-combined.
- Assemble the dressed cherry tomatoes on top of a crusty piece of bread. Give each bruschetta a final drizzle of the seasoned balsamic dressing from the bottom of the mixing bowl before serving.
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Note 1: I find that cutting the cherry tomatoes in half makes for a beautiful presentation but is harder to eat without a fork and knife. Cutting your tomatoes into quarters is best if you are planning on eating with your hands and want less of a mess.
STORING & MAKE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS: Store your cherry tomato bruschetta toppings in a sealed container for up to three days in the refrigerator. Before serving, let your dressed cherry tomatoes sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes and give one final toss before topping onto crusty bread.
ELEVATE YOUR DISH:
- Using multi-color cherry tomatoes will make this dish even more vibrant and add pops of playful color.
- While any olive oil will work well for this recipe, using a more delicate finishing olive oil will take this recipe to the next level.
- Elevate your cherry tomato bruschetta recipe by drizzling a balsamic vinegar glaze over the top - it's so good!
RECIPE VARIATIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS:
- If substituting cherry tomatoes with a different fresh tomato variety, you can replace the cherry tomatoes with about 1 ½ cups of the diced tomatoes of your choice.
- Balsamic vinegar can be replaced with red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar.
- Dried Italian seasoning can be replaced with dried basil, dried oregano, or freshly chopped basil.
- Olive oil can be replaced with any flavorless oil, like canola, vegetable oil, or safflower oil.
- The recommended crusty bread accompaniment can be replaced with any kind of hardy cracker, toasted pita, or enjoyed all on its own with mozzarella as a caprese salad.
WAYS TO USE YOUR LEFTOVER CHERRY TOMATOES:
- In a salad, as toppings on a pizza, in a no-lettuce panzanella salad, topped on avocado toast, on an open-faced scrambled egg sandwich, served with fish, tossed in a hot pasta or cold pasta salad.
- Serving Size: ½ cup of Cherry Tomato Topping
- Calories: 103
- Sugar: 3 g
- Sodium: 200 mg
- Fat: 9.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 8 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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