Bruschetta is an easy Italian appetizer made with bread that is grilled then rubbed with cloves of garlic. It is often topped with olive oil, juicy and bright tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves. A quick appetizer that you can throw together in just 20 minutes!
Place toasts on the sheet pan, brush or spray with olive oil on both sides and bake for 5-7 minutes or until they're golden.
When the toasts are out of the oven and cool enough to handle, rub them with a garlic clove. Set aside,
For the topping
In a bowl, combine the diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, ground black pepper, and salt. Allow the tomatoes to marinate for at least 5 minutes, but preferably 20-30 minutes.
Top the bruschettas with the tomato salad, and serve immediately.
Feel free to add a finely diced onion, dried oregano, and/or chopped capers to the topping for extra flavor.
Use soft and nice bread that can crisp up beautifully when it's baked in the oven.
Serve the tomato salad at room temperature, as when it's refrigerated it's no longer as fresh.
Top the Bruschetta with a balsamic reduction/glaze for some tanginess.
If you choose to top with a balsamic glaze, make sure to use a thick glaze rather than just balsamic vinegar as it will run off the tomato salad and get absorbed by the toasts and they'll turn soggy.
To make ahead, you can toast the bread one day ahead and store it in an airtight container. Crisp up in the oven or Air Fryer if needed before serving.