Jazz up your summer appetizer spread with this quick and easy Balsamic Bruschetta recipe!

Summer appetizers don't get much easier or more delicious than this quick and easy Balsamic Bruschetta!

We’re just on the brink of summer here in Minnesota. Warm temperatures are here to stay, schools are starting to dismiss for break, and that means it’s time to shift to lazy summer days and dining al fresco with friends. But don’t worry; hosting happy hour doesn’t need to be futzy, especially when you can stock up on fresh produce at your local farmer’s market. This Balsamic Bruschetta recipe is a lip-smacking way to let all of those fresh flavors shine. Add a loaf of crusty french bread, some fresh ricotta a nice glass of Rosé, and you are in business.

Now I’m a fan of pretty much any sort of crostini (especially this Sugar Snap Pea Crostini and this Crostini with Bacon, Tomato and Apple Jam), but there is something about fresh bruschetta that gets me every.single.time. When tomatoes are ripe and plentiful and the basil is going crazy in my herb garden, it makes a regular appearance on my table. But you know what makes it even better? The addition of the balsamic vinegar. Plus there is a balsamic glaze drizzled on top of the crostini (which is basically just balsamic vinegar reduced down to its sweet and tangy goodness). You really can’t ask for more. It’s the perfectly simple way to add a special touch to any gathering but especially happy hour.

Now where is my glass of Rosé?

Tip: Be sure you use a high-quality balsamic vinegar in this bruschetta recipe. It only uses a little, but believe me, it makes a world of difference. Save the less expensive stuff for marinades.

Balsamic bruschetta in white ramekin on dark board with slices of crostini spread with ricotta cheese and topped with bruschetta. Basil leaves on table as well as small spoon filled with bruschetta.

Preparation Tip: This tomato knife makes dicing all of those tomatoes a breeze! It is an absolute workhorse in my kitchen. I use it All. The. Time.
Yield: 2 cups

Balsamic Bruschetta

Balsamic Bruschetta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Tomato mixture:

  • 8 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves minced fresh garlic
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, julienned
  • salt and pepper to taste

Bruschetta:

  • Balsamic glaze (which is readily available at most grocery stores)
  • Ricotta cheese
  • French bread, sliced

Instructions

To make the tomato mixture:

  1. Place tomatoes, shallots and garlic in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add balsamic vinegar and olive oil and stir to combine. Add basil and stir.

To serve:

  1. Top slices of french bread with ricotta cheese and then spoon on tomato mixture. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve.

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77 Total Fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 6g Protein: 1g

This Balsamic Bruschetta recipe is filled with flavors from the garden and gets kicked up a notch with the addition of balsamic vinegar. Don't use this just for appetizers, it makes a great topping for grilled chicken breasts too!