Tomatoes On Toast A Delightful Lunch

There is a neighborhood Italian Bistro here within walking distance of my home.  The owner is from Italy so the food authentic and delish.  His soups are to die for, but what I crave the most when I go is his Bruschetta.  I have had many types of bruschetta, but his is so simple and fresh!  There are no chunks of garlic, so he must use garlic salt or powder, and he finishes it off with freshly ground pepper.  I decided to try and replicate what he does, since paying almost 7 dollars for tomatoes on toasted bread seems like a bit much these days! I tried, and nailed it!
The key is good ingredients, especially the tomatoes. His out-shined mine in the bread area, but I used what I had and paired with a green salad it made a delightful lunch.


Tomatoes On Toast


1 cup chopped tomatoes

11/2 tbs. olive oil

1/2 tbs. balsamic vinegar

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
a couple small leaves of basil, chopped (optional)
toasted bread


sprinkle of freshly ground pepper
sprinkle of salt, if needed


Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic salt.
Let sit for a few minutes.
Scoop with a slotted spoon onto toasted bread.
Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.


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  • Amy Bowman
    April 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    @Farmgirl Cyn-it is my one of my favs, too. I need to make a freeze some more homemade pesto–yum!
    @Carla-feta cheese sounds great, I will try that. Thanks!
    @Little Brick Ranch-I agree. I am so ready for garden tomatoes.
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  • ann
    April 17, 2011 at 12:34 am

    mmm!! bruschetta is one of my favorite foods right now!! it’s so light and fresh and savory… and EASY!! and HEALTHY!! 🙂

  • Gen
    April 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I made this last night…so yummy and easy!! I used a can of diced tomatoes this time, but cant wait for ‘summer’ tomatoes!! 🙂

  • Ree
    April 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    YUMMY! What is the Italian Bistro? Would love to try it…

  • Little Brick Ranch
    April 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    That is the best way to eat tomatoes!! Simple and delicious. I can not wait for our garden to get blooming!! Fresh tomatoes all season!!

  • Carla G.
    April 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    One of my favorites too…and I like to add a sprinkle of feta cheese. I love Mellow Mushroom’s version and we splurge when we go there too.

  • Farmgirl Cyn
    April 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    YUM! Bruschetta is one of my favorites, and SO easy to make at home!
    When I don’t have fresh basil, I use a dab of homemade pesto….

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