Bruschetta with tomatoes

Bruschetta with tomatoes

30 min
Embrace Italian tradition by serving bruschetta with tomatoes to friends and family. These little bread snacks with cream cheese and juicy tomato topping are a staple in the Italian kitchen. On hot summer days or afternoons when you just want a fresh and tasty treat, bruschetta will fit your needs perfectly. Serve as delicious and colourful appetisers or a flavourful side to your lunch or dinner.


  • Chop tomatoes, red onion, and basil and mix in a bowl.
  • Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Toast or grill the bread slices until crispy.
  • Split garlic cloves and smear them on the bread.
  • Spread a generous amount of cream cheese on each slice of bread. Top with the tomato mixture.

Day-old bread toasts well and will soak up all the tasty juices from the tomato topping, so use leftover bread if you have any.


The tomatoes are essential, so choose ripe, red tomatoes for the best flavour and colours. You want them to be firm with a slightly soft touch to them.


If you have enough time, allow the tomato topping to marinate for longer. While the topping is tasty with just a short marinating time, the flavour will enhance if it marinates longer.


Large, ripe tomatoes
Red onion
Fresh basil
½ pot
Cream cheese with sun-dried tomatoes
150 g
6 slices
Garlic cloves
Balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp
Olive oil
2 tbsp
Salt and pepper

Make easy bruschetta with tomatoes

Making bruschetta with tomatoes is a simple and easy process that leaves you with a delicious result. The traditional Italian appetiser is known for its simple yet vibrant flavour from ripe tomatoes, bringing a burst of freshness to every bite. Juicy tomatoes on crispy toasted bread – what more could we ask for?

Classic topping on a fluffy cream cheese base

This recipe combines the classic bruschetta toppings of tomatoes, basil, and red onion with a fluffy cream cheese base. It is a simple addition to a classic recipe, but the luxurious layer of tangy cream cheese flavoured with sun-dried tomatoes elevates the experience. Its mild, tangy flavour complements the sweetness of the tomatoes and the slight sharpness of the onion, while its texture makes every bite feel like heaven.

Marinated in olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Made with the classic combination of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, the marinade will infuse the topping with depth and complexity. While the ripe tomatoes, red onion, and fresh basil are coated with rich olive oil, the balsamic vinegar adds a mild sweetness and a touch of acidity that gives the bruschetta a well-rounded flavour. It is not hard to understand why this is a classic.

Serve as a satisfying appetiser

Bring out a plate of bruschetta with tomatoes whenever you need a satisfying appetiser to serve your guests. This easy-to-make recipe works wonderfully for larger social gatherings when you need a simple serving with flavour and texture. The golden-brown bread topped with a layer of white cream cheese and stunning red tomatoes makes for a sight to behold, allowing your friends and family to enjoy the vibrant colours before sinking their teeth into the tomato bruschetta. With its light and refreshing taste, bruschetta with tomatoes is the very definition of a crowd-pleaser.

Tomato bruschetta is not the only version. Perhaps you want to try more of our delicious bruschetta recipes, such as mushroom bruschetta or avocado bruschetta? If you want something more complex, look at our bruschetta with peppers, asparagus, and bean purée.

Experiment with the ingredients

Although this is a classic recipe that does not need altering, there is nothing wrong with experimenting and making it your own. For example, try different tomato sorts to play with the flavour and the looks. Choose grape or cherry tomatoes for a sweet and more acidic touch. Their small size also makes them convenient for chopping.

Canned tomatoes have also become a popular choice. High-quality canned tomatoes have a more concentrated flavour that can add richness to the bruschetta. Just remember to drain them thoroughly.

Sliced mozzarella can add a creamy and slightly tangy element to the bruschetta. Simply layer it on top of the marinated tomato topping and enjoy.

Consider adding pesto for another touch of Italian tradition. You can either spread a thin layer on the bread or mix it with the cream cheese.