This tomato basil bruschetta recipe is a recreation of BJ’s Restaurant favorite. It’s healthy and easy to make in only 10 minutes! The perfect snack for a picnic or appetizer for your next Italian dinner party!

tomato basil bruschetta in bowl with gold spoon

I’ve been making this tomato basil bruschetta recipe for decades and I can’t say enough good things about how easy it is to make and how delicious it is to eat! Every time I make it for a dinner party, guests rave about how fresh and flavorful it is!

My inspiration for this recipe came from the original BJ’s restaurant in Southern California. Before they became a chain found across the country, there were only about a dozen BJ’s restaurants in Southern California and they served the best Tomato Basil Bruschetta.

One day I went to BJ’s and found that this bruschetta was no longer on the menu. I was so upset, but I came home determined to re-create and perfect the recipe at home. I can now proudly say that I did just that!

ingredients for tomato bruschetta

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Fresh roma tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh basil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
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Step by step instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, except the parmesan cheese.
  2. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.
  3. If serving with a toasted baguette, place the baguette in the oven, set at 350°F for 5 minutes. Slice the baguette and top with the tomato basil bruschetta.

As a bonus, feel free to drizzle with a little balsamic reduction for a beautiful presentation!

pieces of tomato bruschetta on plate drizzled with balsamic reduction

Turn the bruschetta into a meal

While I love this recipe as an appetizer served on slices of a toasted baguette, it’s also perfect for making into a delicious dinner.

Try out this Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe in these easy dinner favorites!

What to serve with bruschetta

I serve this bruschetta regularly as an appetizer with my favorite Italian dishes. The number one comment I get when serving this dish is, “it tastes so fresh!

Try it with any of these Italian recipes and I guarantee that you and your guests will be impressed!

tomato bruschetta on plate, topped with fresh chopped basil

More bruschetta recipes to try

Since this bruschetta recipe is always a hit, I decided to make a few other versions of the popular recipe. Try them all and create a “Bruschetta Bar” at your next party!

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Tomato Basil Bruschetta

This tomato basil bruschetta recipe is a recreation of BJ’s Restaurant favorite, it’s healthy and easy to make in only 10 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 6 roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  • Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.
  • If serving with a toasted baguette, place the baguette in the oven, set at 350°F for 5 minutes.
  • Slice the baguette and top with the tomato basil bruschetta.

Notes

  • For a little something extra, feel free to drizzle balsamic reduction over the bruschetta before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving 4gCalories 108kcal (5%)Carbohydrates 4g (1%)Protein 1g (2%)Fat 9g (14%)Saturated Fat 1g (5%)Cholesterol 1mgSodium 128mg (5%)Potassium 172mg (5%)Sugar 2g (2%)Vitamin A 580mg (12%)Vitamin C 9.8mg (12%)Calcium 33mg (3%)Iron 0.3mg (2%)
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