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August 7, 2023

Tomato and Avocado Bruschetta

Everything you love about avocado toast with everything you love about classic Italian bruschetta all together for one light and fresh appetizer recipe.

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tomato and avocado bruschetta served on crusted garlic bread on a serving platter
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Crunch Into This Easy Bruschetta With Avocado And Tomato

We’re really into this light summertime appetizer! Our bruschetta recipe takes the wonderful base of toasted bread and olive oil, and adds fresh cherry tomatoes at their ripe peak, and a little creamy avocado to tie it all together. We’re picturing this on a table full of delicious appetizers like Creamy Feta with Tinned Fish, a plate of Roasted Red Peppers, and a platter set with a Grand Aioli.

sliced baguette, cherry tomatoes, avocado, basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice in bowls

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What Is Bruschetta?

Marcella Hazan, in her indispensable book Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, explains the etymology of bruschetta— “the verb bruscare, which means to toast (as in a slice of bread) or roast (as with coffee beans); hence bruschetta, whose most important component, aside from the grilled bread itself, is olive oil.” In harvest season, when olive oil is newly pressed, grassy and fresh, making a meal of the simplest bruschetta—toasted bread, dressed generously with that newly pressed olive oil—is a classic and beloved tradition that Hazan calls “as old as Rome itself.” Garlic is often rubbed on the bread, and tomatoes are another favorite topping, but true Italian bruschetta can be as basic as crisp toasted bread and really good olive oil.

tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic being combined in a bowl
avocado mashed in a bowl with lemon juice, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper.

Ingredients You’ll Need To Make Fresh Avocado And Cherry Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

  • Baguette

  • Olive oil

  • Garlic powder

  • Fresh garlic

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • White balsamic vinegar (you could use regular balsamic if that’s what you have. It will just darken the tomatoes a bit.)

  • Avocados

  • Lemon juice

  • Basil

toasted sliced bread brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with garlic powder on a baking sheet
toasted baguette topped with mashed avocado surrounded by a bowl of tomato bruschetta, flaky salt and chopped basil

How to Make Bruschetta

  1. Marinate the tomatoes. Stir the seeded tomatoes with some fresh garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Leave it for at least 10-15 minutes to let the flavors meld.

  2. Prepare the bread. Brush the bread slices with olive oil using a pastry brush, and sprinkle with a little garlic powder.

  3. Toast the bread. Broil for a few minutes on a sheet pan, until the bread is golden brown and toasted.

  4. Make the avocado. Mash the avocado with more fresh garlic, lemon juice, some basil, salt and pepper.

  5. Assemble the bruschetta! Spread the smashed avocado on the toasted bread, top with tomatoes and garnish with a little more fresh basil. Serve.

tomato and avocado bruschetta served on crusted garlic bread on a serving platter

How to Store Leftovers + Tips

  • We hope that you don’t have leftovers! This is one of those dishes that doesn’t hold up well once it’s assembled. If you have leftover toasted bread, you can keep it in an airtight container for some time. The marinated tomatoes can be stirred into a pasta salad to give them a new life.

  • This is a great opportunity to use bread that is slightly past its prime. Once you toast it up a bit, it will be as good as new!

  • How Do You Keep Bruschetta From Getting Soggy? Use cherry tomatoes! They’re not quite as juicy as big, ripe, peak-summer tomatoes, so we think they’re better suited for bruschetta. All the best bruschetta recipes will tell you to seed tomatoes, and then salt them and drain them in a colander to really get rid of a lot of their juices. With cherry tomatoes, the salting-and-draining process is overkill—which means using cherry tomatoes saves you some time. A handy paring knife will serve you well for this task.

tomato and avocado bruschetta served on crusted garlic bread on a serving platter

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Tomato and Avocado Bruschetta

  • Serves: 10
  • Prep Time:  25 min
  • Cook Time:  5 min
  • Calories: 191

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette, cut diagonally into 1-inch slices
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 20 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 avocados, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup fresh minced basil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • Flaky salt, for serving (optional)

Method

  1. Turn the oven on to broil.

  2. Brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder. Arrange the slices, oiled sides up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil until golden brown, 3-4 minutes.

  3. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil with the tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and half of the minced garlic. Set aside to let flavors meld.

  4. In a medium bowl, mash the avocado. Stir in the lemon juice, remaining garlic, half of the basil, salt, and pepper.

  5. Spread each baguette slice with 1-2 tablespoons of the avocado mixture. Evenly divide the tomatoes among the avocado toasts. To serve, sprinkle with remaining basil and flaky salt, if using.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories191
  • Protein3 g
  • Carbohydrates19 g
  • Total Fat12 g
  • Dietary Fiber3 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium266 mg
  • Total Sugars2 g

Tomato and Avocado Bruschetta

Questions & Reviews

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  • Guadalupe

    Can the bread be toasted in advanced (lets say the morning of) for an employee lunch party and assembled at the party?

    Absolutely!

  • Dawn

    Made it & Loved it!

  • Anna

    Delicious and super easy. It even came out looking like the picture!