heirloom tomato bruschetta

I was listening to The Splendid Table podcast one day recently, and I heard a segment that Lynne Rossetto Kasper did on foods that we eat when we’re alone. It got me thinking about the foods that I eat when I’m alone. And, to be perfectly honest, I’m sort of embarrassed by my laziness when it comes to meal preparation when I’m only responsible for feeding myself. I’m perfectly content with a bowl of cereal. Actually, I’m usually excited to be able to eat a bowl of cereal. Awful, I know.

This past weekend was a bit of an unusual one. Because it was a working weekend for me, and because my husband and I planned to attend my high school reunion on Saturday evening, my parents kept our children for both nights. On Saturday, while Sam was doing some volunteer work, I found myself all alone at lunch time – a bit of a rarity on the weekends. After being inspired by one of my colleagues at work (a fellow foodie, of course!), I bought some beautiful heirloom tomatoes and decided to have a simple bruschetta. I can only do this when I’m alone, you see, because of my tomato-hating husband.

The bruschetta was simply divine. My only regret was that I had not made more of it. Had I let it sit for more than about 15 minutes, it probably would have been even better, but when there’s a beautiful tomato drenched in olive oil and balsamic in front of me, I simply cannot control myself. And especially not when said tomato is topped with a light sprinkling of fleur de sel.

By the way, if you don’t already listen to The Splendid Table podcast, you are seriously missing out. Lynne Rossetto Kasper gets me to work every morning and home every evening. Between her and Ira Glass of This American Life, I am one happy commuter.

Yield: 4 servings

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Recipe just slightly adapted from this one in Bon Appétit, June 2008. I used heirloom full-size tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes. I highly recommend using high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar since these really make the dish.


6-8 ripe heirloom tomatoes (just depends on the size of the tomato)
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing on the bread
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Fleur de sel


Core and remove seeds from the tomatoes. Dice the seeded tomatoes into small pieces, depending on your preference (1/8 inch approximately).

Add tomatoes, onion, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with fleur de sel just prior to serving.

Note: Serve with sliced baguette that you have rubbed with olive oil and toasted under the broiler. Or, simply eat out of the bowl with a spoon - which is what I did.

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13 Responses to “heirloom tomato bruschetta”

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    Jennie — July 29, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    I have a tomato-hating husband too, though I can sometimes entice him with a lovely platter of freshmade bruschetta. Can I just say I’m reading this as I eat a late dinner of marinara sauce and penne. This post reminded me I have a few tomatoes on the counter and some homemade olive bread in the freezer. Now imagine that bread as a base for this bruschetta. Yeah, I’m trying to resist the urge to go make it right now…

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    I think cereal is a great meal! And this bruschetta looks delicious too 🙂

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    Kate @ maître de moda — July 29, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    Thank you for this! I will be making it ASAP.
    In the first picture, is that a cutting board that the tomatoes are sitting on? I love it!

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      merrygourmet — July 29, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

      Kate – Yes, a cutting board that I picked up a couple of years ago at Bed Bath & Beyond. I love it. 🙂

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    Monet — July 30, 2010 @ 2:18 am

    I am so loving your blog! I found you through Brian’s A Thought for Food, and I feel like one lucky girl. I adore the Splendid Table and I listened to that same segment earlier this week (I listen via podcast). Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures and a wonderful recipe!

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    Heather @ The Single Dish — July 30, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    So pretty and looks so delicious! I love this app, great to bring or make for a party.

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    foodies at home — July 30, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    Beautiful! I love the mix of yellow and red tomatoes! Great photos!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — July 30, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    The Splendid Table is such a wonderful program… though I always seem to miss it. Huge fan of that and This American Life.

    Bruscetta is a perfect summer treat. It has so many wonderful, bright and crisp flavors! Perfect with a glass of white wine. I’m going to have to make this with the tomatoes that are growing in our garden. Great recipe!

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    Ivy @ My Simple Food — August 3, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, I am book marking this. Simple and yummy!

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    Jason Phelps — August 3, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    Simple and enjoyable. Couldn’t be better than that!


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    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — August 19, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    Gorgeous and flavourful to boot. I love this time of year with the heirloom tomatoes – they really add something to a dish! Bruschetta is actually on my list of things to try very soon actually!

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    I use a lot of tomatoes in cooking at my house (mostly thanks to my wife, who is a great cook). Thanks for sharing…keep writing!!!

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