Strawberry Tomato Bruschetta

 

Need a healthy appetizer recipe?  Then this recipe for bruschetta is just what you need!  It’s light, easy and so flavorful!

Strawberry Tomato Bruschetta | lemonsforlulu.com

An easy, light appetizer made with fresh ingredients!

Anytime anyone asks me to bring food, I volunteer to bring dessert and appetizers!  My two favorite food groups.  Typically I gravitate towards hot, bubbly,  ultra cheesy dips.  The thing with cheesy dips, is you know darn well that you may as well rub that cheesy goodness right on your thighs because that’s where it will end up!   But they are always irresistible!!!  The cheese is at its molten best when the dip is pulled fresh from it’s heat source.  The top is still nicely browned and the grease is still hiding at the edges.   I don’t care if my tongue hates me for shoving that first bite in my mouth while the dip is still smoldering!   I want it and I want it NOW!!!!   But, inevitably, the guilt catches up with me.    My stomach bloats and lethargy sets in.  I’m so disgusted with the dip and myself for eating as much as I did!  I swear off eating cheese for at least a week!

 

Strawberry Tomato Bruschetta | lemonsforlulu.com

A fresh, light appetizer that is perfect for any occasion!

Then there are times when I want an appetizer that is light, refreshing and healthy.  Something like this bruschetta.  The ingredients are fresh and bursting with seasonal flavors.    I  combined the strawberries and the tomatoes with balsamic vinegar while the bread toasted up.  This appetizer took no time, but the results were outstanding and impressive!   Just knowing I was eating a light appetizer made me feel instantly skinny!  Of course, after 8 pieces of bruschetta, I didn’t feel quite AS skinny, but what the heck.  Strawberries, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar are quite the trio!  Throw in some goat cheese and you have a nice contrast of flavors and textures!  Each time someone took a bruschetta, I found myself counting how many were left!  I was getting a little nervous.  I was already dreaming of eating this bruschetta for lunch the next day.  I naturally  assumed people would  pass this by in favor of the queso dip.   But  to my horror, the bruschetta was the first to go!    I made an important mental note: always double up the bruschetta!!!

 

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Strawberry Tomato Bruschetta
 
Ingredients
  • 1 French Baguette
  • ¾ cup diced strawberries
  • ¾ cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Italian leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Slice the baguette on the diagonal into 1 inch thick slices. Drizzle each slice generously with olive oil. Lay bread slices, oil side down onto a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes or until the bread starts to brown. Remove bread to a serving dish (toasted side up).
  3. While bread bakes, combine strawberries, tomatoes, olive oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Season with salt (to taste). Spoon mixture over bread slices. Sprinkle with parsley and crumbled goat cheese. Serve immediately.
  4. Serves 12

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49 Responses

  1. This looks fantastic!! I’m all about cheesy dips too – this would be a nice change of pace :)

    • Thank you Cassie! It was the perfect appetizer for me too!

  2. This looks delicious! What an interesting combination of strawberries and tomato…I can’t wait to try this!

  3. steve

    mmm.. summer tomatoes! Maybe the deer will leave us enough strawberries this year to home grow this dish!!

    • Steve, I hope you DO make this, with fresh, homegrown ingredients! I will be there when you do!

  4. This looks awesome! I never would have thought of putting strawberries and tomatoes together… but with the balsamic and goat cheese.. this just sounds awesome, light, and refreshing. :) Thanks so sharing… pinning now! Found ya on Sunflower Supper Club.

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

    • I’m telling, strawberries and tomatoes are naturals together! Thank you Krista!

  5. What a pretty vibrant appetizer! Beautiful photos!

  6. This is simply gorgeous Tanya! Absolutely lovely. I can practically taste how fresh and vibrant these flavors are. I will definitely make this!

  7. This is one tasty and beautiful bruschetta, Tanya! I can almost hear your dinner guests ooh & aah when you set this on the table. And such a healthy alternative to many appetizers. This is one great idea and recipe. I’m pinning it so that I can find it when I want it. :)

    • That means a great deal coming from you, my Italian friend! Thank you John!

  8. I’m not a huge bruschetta fan, but I could really get on board with this strawberry kind. And your pictures are beautiful!

    • Thank you Megan! You should definitely give bruschetta second chance with these strawberries!

  9. Just gorgeous! I picked this as my personal favorite from last week’s Weekend Potluck. I’ve shared this on my fb page and pinned as well. Be sure and stop by and pick up a featured button on the side of our blog if you want. Thanks so much for linking up and I can’t wait to see what you bring this week. Have a great weekend!
    http://sunflowersupperclub.blogspot.com/2013/04/weekend-potluck-61.html

    • Wow! Thank you Kim! I’ve very, very flattered! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks Rachel, interesting, yes, but delicious!

  10. cookingwithcurls

    That is one delicious looking appetizer!!!

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