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  • Author: Tastes Lovely
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 6 people 1x


  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes (2 cups), quartered
  • 1/4 cup red onion (about 1/4 of a small red onion), finely chopped
  • 10 basil leaves, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  • 1 baguette, sliced 1/2″ thick on the diagonal
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, optional


  1. Bruschetta: In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, red onion, basil leaves, olive oil, balsamic, pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or up to 2 days to allow the flavors to marry.
  2. Crostini: Preheat oven to 450 degrees with the rack in the top third. Arrange the crostinis on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Bake for 5 minutes until the edges start to turn golden brown. If you are adding mozzarella, flip, top with mozzarella and bake for another 4 minutes until the cheese is melted. If you are skipping the mozzarella, flip and bake for another 3 minutes until the edges are golden brown. You don’t need to drizzle olive oil on the second side.
  3. Assembly: Top the crostinis with the brushcetta and serve.