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Tomato and Basil Bruschetta
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Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

This Tomato and Basil Bruschetta is a fast, tasty and healthy lunch or light meal. The char flavour through the sourdough with the garlic, basil and tomato is just divine. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4


  • 5-6 vine ripened tomatoe/s (large) at room temperature is when they are most flavoursome
  • ¼ bunch fresh basil leaves -picked from stems and torn or finely chopped (preferably with a ceramic knife so they don't oxidise or blacken)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil -extra virgin
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper -to taste
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 clove/s garlic -whole peeled


  • Halve your tomatoes lengthways and remove most of the seeds with a spoon.
  • With the flat side down, dice the tomatoes (approx. 1cm dice), with a sharp or serrated knife as you don't want to mush the tomatoes and place in a large bowl.
  • Tear or finely dice your basil leaves and add to the tomatoes.
  • Stir in the olive oil, vinegar and season well. Set aside.
  • Heat a char-grill on your stovetop or BBQ.
  • Drizzle a little olive oil over one side of the bread and rub all over.
  • Place on the hot char and toast both sides.
  • Now rub your garlic clove over the oiled side of the charred bread. This gives it an amazing garlic flavour (you're actually just making garlic bread).  How much you rub on depends on how much you like garlic.
  • Spoon the tomato salsa over the charred bread, making sure each piece also has a little drizzle of the juice.
  • Serve immediately.



Grain- free (and meaty)

This is delicious as a salsa over a thin slice of beef fillet, grilled fish or chicken to replace the bread.


Use a gluten-free bread.

Add cheese

This is delicious with shaved parmesan or buffalo mozzarella.


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