Bruschetta with Tomatoes, Basil and Balsamic Vinegar

Juicy, sweet tomatoes infused with balsamic vinegar, basil and garlic, topped with shaved parmesan cheese on a crispy warm French baguette

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • French baguette or ciabatta
  • 5-6 roma or plum tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (packed)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese


  1. Chop tomatoes into small pieces, and mince garlic. Slice basil leaves into thin strips.

  2. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper. If desire, set aside some basil for garnish. Stir mixture and let it sit for 15 minutes.

  3. Slice baguette or ciabatta into ~ 1 inch thick slices. Grill bread on both sides.

  4. Top bread with tomato mixture, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and garnish with fresh basil that was set aside.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If storing, keep tomato mixture separate from bread and refrigerate. Top mixture on bread only when ready to serve.