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Caprese Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

on May 4, 2021
last updated June 7, 2022
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This Caprese Bruschetta relies on simple, fresh ingredients that come together harmoniously to give you the perfectly balanced bite!
close up of caprese bruschetta won a plate with balsamic vinegar dripping down

Looking for a quick and fresh appetizer option? This Caprese Brushcetta with Balsamic is a crowd-pleaser year-round.

With the perfect balance of sweet and salty, the fresh ingredients bring delicious flavor to every bite. And the cheese? Well, that’s just the cherry on top!

Caprese Bruschetta Tips and Tricks

Use Mostly Fresh Ingredients

Fresh ingredients like fresh basil instead of dried basil and fresh garlic instead of garlic powder go a long way in this Caprese Bruschetta.

all of the ingredients you need to make Caprese Bruschetta

But what may surprise you is that there is one ingredient that doesn’t necessarily have to be fresh—the bread!

As an environmental scientist, I’m always trying to keep the issue of food waste front of mind. And toasting your bread in the oven with some high moisture cheese and topping it with fresh juicy ingredients is one of the best ways to revive your stale bread!

Green tip: Bread is one of the most wasted food products in the U.S. because of our tendency to throw it out as soon as it’s stale. Reduce your contribution to food waste by re-vamping your stale bread with this Caprese Bruschetta!

If your bread is stale, add just a few drops of water on the baking sheet around your bread as it toasts in the oven. We’re talking just a little sprinkling. I usually just wet my hand and then flick some water onto the baking sheet before placing my bread slices on it.

overhead shot of bruschetta being plated from a baking sheet

Chop Finely

We really want the tomato, onion, garlic, and basil to be present in every bite! To achieve this, simply chop your fresh ingredients finely and stir them all up together.

You’ll add salt, pepper, and olive oil to your fresh ingredients as well. It will all sit and marinate together for a few minutes while your bread and cheese are toasting in the oven.

fresh basil, garlic, tomato, and red onion finely diced

Should You Have Leftovers

If you have leftover bruschetta topping (the fresh tomato mixture), save it! It will last in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days if you cover it.

You can make more bruschetta with it, add it to a pasta salad, or even add it to some smashed avocado for a quick guacamole!

If you have fully dressed pieces of bread leftover, it’s best to scrape the topping off and store it separately in the fridge. Toast your leftover cheesy bread in the preheated oven at 400°F for about 5 minutes and then add your topping back on top again!

Green tip: Growing your own herbs is a delicious way to reduce your environmental footprint. Homegrown basil has zero associated food miles, no pesky plastic packaging, and is free from damaging fertilizers and chemicals. Plus, they are just so fresh and flavorful.

Balsamic Vinegar vs Balsamic Glaze

Balsamic glaze is just balsamic vinegar that is reduced down to have less water content and thicken. You can absolutely use balsamic vinegar in place of balsamic glaze, it’ll just be a little more liquidy.

You can also opt to reduce your balsamic vinaigrette to make a balsamic glaze. You can find directions to do so here.

caprese bruschette plated on a tray with garnish

Why You Should Make this Caprese Bruschetta

  • It’s fresh. Packed with fresh flavor from the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and herbs.
  • It’s quick. Have it on the table in under 20 minutes.
  • It’s a crowd-pleaser. Who doesn’t like cheesy carbs topped with fresh fare?

Planning on making an Italian feast? This Caprese Bruschetta is the perfect starter to this Easy Cheesy Pasta Bake or Chickpea Meatballs in Marinara.

Caprese Bruschetta

5 from 4 votes
Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: AppetizersCuisine: Italian


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This Caprese Bruschetta relies on simple, fresh ingredients that come together harmoniously to give you the perfectly balanced bite!


  • 1 large Baguette

  • 16 ounces fresh Mozzarella, sliced

  • 2 large tomatoes (heirloom, beefsteak, or vine ripe), diced

  • 1/2 ounce basil (about 2 large sprigs)

  • 1/2 large red onion (optional)

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Slice your baguette into 1 & 1/2 – 2-inch thick pieces, and line them up flat on a large baking sheet.
  • Finely chop your tomato, onion, basil, and garlic and add to a large mixing bowl.
  • Crack the salt and pepper over your tomato mixture, and pour on olive oil. Use a large spoon to mix it up.
  • Slice your mozzarella and place one slice on each piece of bread. Toast your bread in the oven for about 5 minutes, until cheese is nice and melted.
  • Remove bread from the oven and use a tablespoon to place bruschetta mixture on top of the melted cheese.
  • Drizzle balsamic glaze on top and enjoy!

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Pro Tips

  • If your bread is stale, just put a few drops of water on the baking sheet around your bread as it toasts in the oven.
  • You can use balsamic vinegar in place of balsamic glaze, but it’s generally a little less sweet and more liquidy.

    You can also opt to make your own balsamic glaze by reducing balsamic vinegar. Just heat a couple of tablespoons in a small pot over medium heat for about 20 minutes and allow to cool before drizzling over your bruschetta.

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