Absolutely delicious Caprese Bruschetta Recipe that makes for the BEST appetizer! Crispy crostini topped with cheese, tomatoes, and fresh basil then drizzled with balsamic glaze.

Bruschetta caprese laid out on a cutting board drizzled with glaze.

This appetizer is inspired by the classic Caprese Salad. If you like the combination, you’ll have to try our Margherita Toast or our Chicken Caprese Salad – so good!

CAPRESE BRUSCHETTA –

Toasted and crispy homemade Crostini topped with a combination of tomatoes, mozzarella balls and basil, this delicious bruschetta caprese is so delicious.

We love serving this easy appetizer for any occasion. Holidays, parties or even for lunch, you cannot go wrong with this recipe.

Homemade caprese bruschetta laid out on a cutting board drizzled with glaze.

INGREDIENTS-

  • Crostini– We use our homemade crostini for this recipe!
  • Tomato– You want to use ripe tomatoes that are red and juicy! We love using roma tomatoes, heirloom tomato, garden tomatoes and even cherry tomatoes for this recipe.
  • Mozzarella– We use fresh mozzarella cheese balls for this recipe, but you can also use a large ball and just cube into small pieces.
  • Basil– Freshly chopped basil is the KEY to the perfect caprese!
  • Garlic– Freshly minced garlic is for added flavors.
  • Seasoning– To season we use Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Oil– Olive oil works best for this appetizer.
  • Balsamic glaze– To drizzle we use our homemade Balsamic glaze, but you can also use store-bought glaze.
A bowl of caprese salad next to crostini  on a cutting board.

HOW TO MAKE CAPRESE BRUSCHETTA-

  1. Crostini– Prepare a portion of crostini.
  2. Caprese– In a bowl, combine the cubed tomatoes, mozzarella balls, chopped basil, minced garlic, seasoning and oil. (TIP– Allow the salad to marinate for at least 15 minutes before adding to the crostini.)
  3. Assemble– Add the tomato mixture onto your crostini and top with extra fresh basil leaves and glaze and serve.
  4. Enjoy, friends!
Crostini toast loaded with caprese salad drizzles in balsamic glaze.

VARIATIONS-

The variations for this recipe are endless! Here are some of our favorite ways to level up this dish:

  • Balsamic– We like adding balsamic vinegar along with the oil for a kick in the caprese.
  • Avocado– Add avocado to the mixture for added flavors.
  • Meat– Add chopped chicken to the salad mixture for a heartier dish.
  • Fruit– During the summer time, this dish is great with added fruit such as peaches, strawberries or watermelon.
  • Spicy– Spice up this dish by adding red pepper flakes to the seasoning.
A wooden cutting board loaded with bruschetta caprese.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS-

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes! Make the caprese salad and crostini ahead of time and assembler when ready to serve.

How to store caprese bruschetta?

This dish is BEST when fresh, especially if already assembled. You can store the salad mixture in the fridge for up to 1 day.

Can I add onion?

Yes, we love adding finely chopped red onion to this dish for extra flavors.

Do I have to use crostini?

No, if you don’t like crunchy crostini, you can use toasted bread or even bagel crisps.

Can I make a salad out of this?

Yes! Just make a batch of homemade croutons instead of crostini and toss in the caprese salad and serve right away!

A white bowl of bruschetta caprese on a wooden cutting board loaded with bruschetta caprese.

OTHER APPETIZER RECIPES-

Caprese Bruschetta

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5 from 3 votes
Absolutely delicious Caprese Bruschetta Recipe that makes for the BEST appetizer! Crispy crostini topped with cheese and tomatoes and then drizzled with balsamic glaze.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare a portion of crostini.
  • In a bowl, combine the cubed tomatoes, mozzarella balls, chopped basil, minced garlic, seasoning and oil.
  • Add the tomato mixture onto your crostini and top with extra fresh basil leaves and glaze and serve.
  • Enjoy, friends!

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 119mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 319IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 113mgIron: 1mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)