Garden Bruschetta is a summer staple when the tomatoes are perfectly ripe, basil is overflowing its pot, and appetizers are eaten on the patio!
We wait all year, and finally it’s tomato season! Bruschetta is a classic favorite way to enjoy those garden tomatoes. A pinch of salt, garlic, basil and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar makes those tomatoes come alive! They are bursting with fresh summer flavor and I’ve piled them on grilled bread spread with ricotta cheese for a little twist on the classic! The ricotta is optional, and topping the bruschetta with freshly grated Parmesan is delicious too!
Appetizer, Lunch or Dinner Side
Bruschetta is a perfect summer appetizer, but it’s also a great lunch or dinner side dish Try it with grilled chicken or sausage links and corn on the cob. Have it with roasted salmon and other garden veggies like zucchini or green beans, and you have the perfect dinner.
Tomatoes are a favorite to grow in the backyard garden! Our garden story has come a long way in the past few years from our tiny plot in the city to our larger raised beds in a small town. It’s fun to have tomatoes piled on your counter, set across the kitchen window sill, adding them to every meal, and kids plucking them off the vine for a snack.
**Update** This is an old post and this is our old garden before we moved and built our bigger one. It’s always fun to look back to where you were so you can really see where you’ve come.
More Favorite Summer Recipes!
- Creamy Tomato Basil Fettuccine
- Garden BLT’s with Pesto Aioli
- The Summer Lunch
- Zucchini Cookies
- Italian Subs with Giardiniera
- White Bean Bruschetta
- a handful of cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 clove garlic minced
- a few sprigs basil and parsley
- a drizzle of balsamic vinegar
- a drizzle of olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Italian bread or baguette grilled or toasted and spread with ricotta cheese (optional)
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve on top of grilled bread spread with ricotta cheese (shaved Parmesan is a great substitute).