This classic bruschetta recipe is easy to whip up for a last-minute appetizer that everyone will enjoy. The essence of garlic flavors the bread, while crushed red pepper adds just a hint of heat to the tomato topping.

a recipe photo of the Bruschetta
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 16 (1/2-inch-thick) slices crusty whole-wheat baguette

  • 1 clove garlic, halved lengthwise

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 medium tomatoes (preferably heirloom), cubed (1/2-inch)

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • Flaky sea salt for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange baguette slices in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet; rub the tops with the cut side of a garlic clove half. Brush with 1 tablespoon oil. Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool until cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes. Rub the tops of the slices with the cut side of the remaining half garlic clove.

  2. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, vinegar, basil, crushed red pepper and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a medium bowl; toss well. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 10 minutes.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, drain and divide the tomato mixture evenly among the toasted baguette slices, about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons per slice. Drizzle with excess juices, if desired. Garnish with salt and additional basil, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

115 Calories
6g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 2 slices
Calories 115
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 297IU 6%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 5mcg 1%
Vitamin K 4mcg 3%
Sodium 173mg 8%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 4mg 1%
Potassium 79mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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