Vegan Bruschetta

Vegan bruschetta, pronouced brusketta, is a classic Italian dish that is often eaten as an appetizer or as a hors d’oeuvres. There’s nothing quite like a fresh, flavorful bruschetta to start off your meal. It’s a classic at any Italian restaurant and now you can make it in your own kitchen!

This vegan bruschetta is an easy appetizer to whip up for a crowd or just for yourself.
This vegan bruschetta is an easy appetizer to whip up for a crowd or just for yourself.

How to Make Vegan Bruschetta

Making this dish is as easy as it is impressive to whip up. Using all vegan ingredients, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser for all.

It’s best to dice the tomatoes small so they are easy to scoop onto a piece of toast. Add enough olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic to the mix and then stir in your fresh basil. Taste and season your freshly made bruschetta to see if it needs any other seasonings.

Best Tomatoes for Brushetta

Making a fresh bruschetta is all about letting your ingredients shine, namely the tomatoes. For this recipe, I used about two pounds of heirloom tomatoes. If you want to make bruschetta during, say, the winter, when beautiful tomatoes are not in season, you can always make this recipe with canned tomatoes.

If your ripe tomatoes are not as sweet as you hoped when you cut into them, or you are using canned tomatoes, sautee them with your garlic, onions and olive oil for a minute or two and add a pinch of sugar. This will bring out the natural sugars in the tomatoes.

What to Serve with Vegan Bruschetta

Bruschetta on a crostini makes a perfect bite.
Bruschetta on a crostini makes a perfect bite.

Italian bruschetta is most often served with crostinis. Crostinis are toasted pieces of baguette. While they are simple, they are so satisfying to bite into and pack a powerful punch. The outside is crispy and crunch, while the inside is still fluffy like a fresh baguette.

When you put your bruschetta on a crostini, you’re essentially making bruschetta toast. It’s an easy recipe that requires a handful of ingredients.

Bruschetta Variations

Looking to change up this Italian classic? There are many ways to put a fresh spin on this Italian classic.

Add in some other fresh ingredients, such as avocado and make it an avocado bruschetta. Or grate some fresh parmesan over the top for a bit of salt to your hors d’oeuvres. Or add other cheeses such as feta or motzerella. You could also add other less traditional ingredients to your dish such as smoked salmon to make a smoked salmon bruschetta.

This recipe is full of good-for-you tomatoes and there are many different ways to incorporate it into other dishes. This recipe can also be adapted to be added over chicken to make a grilled chicken bruschetta.

Vegan Bruschetta

5.0 from 1 vote
Recipe by Sarah
Course: AppetizersCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 lbs tomatoes

  • 4 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/4 cup onion

  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar

  • 7 basil leaves


  • Prep. Finely dice the tomatoes, onion and garlic. Set aside.
  • If your tomatoes are not quite ripe, or you don’t want to eat them raw, you can cook them a bit. Add the oil to a pan and sautee the garlic and onion until fragrant. Add in the tomato and cook for about two minutes over medium-high heat. Taste. Add a pinch of sugar if desired to bring out more natural sweetness of the tomatoes. If you do want to eat your tomatoes raw, stir your sauteed onions and garlic into the raw tomatoes.
  • Stir in the balsamic vinegar and basil.
  • Serve hot or chilled with crostinis.

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