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Nonna Ciana’s Tuscan Tomato Bruschetta

Simple, Fresh and delicious, Nonna Ciana’s Tuscan Tomato Bruschetta is a perfect example of The Delectable Gardens principles. Bursting with colour and flavour, these little bites of Tuscany will not disappoint. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Author: Lee


  • 4 slices crusty bread

    baguette or ciabatta work well

  • 1 clove garlic cut in half
  • 8 cherry tomatoes (or 2 medium), diced
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6-8 basil leaves

    (or in winter a pinch of dried oregano) torn, by pinching bits off the leaves with your finger nails (avoids bruising and browning) 

  • A good pinch of salt


  • Place the tomatoes, basil and salt into a bowl and mix
  • Toast both sides of the bread in a dry frying pan over a medium heat, then gently rub one side of the toast with the cut garlic
  • Drain off some of the excess juice from the tomato mixture, then stir through the extra virgin olive oil
  • Equally spoon the tomatoes onto the garlic side of the toast and garnish with another basil leaf. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil if desired


Prepare the first step an hour or so in advance if possible to allow the flavours to develop.
Best prepared and served on the same day. 
Use the excess tomato juice to make a tomato vinaigrette dressing.