Purple Basil Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Get a bit more creative with your bruschetta by changing up the colors and flavors! This Purple Basil Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta is inspired by heirloom tomatoes and purple basil, which you can easily grow in your garden or find at many farmers markets. Heirloom tomatoes come in myriad colors, from green and purple to orange, yellow, and red. Purple basil (also called opal basil) has green and deep purple leaves, with purple flowers, making it a particularly pretty, sweet basil for appetizers, salads, and vegetable dishes. Make this recipe in 10 minutes with only 5 ingredients, not including pantry staples.

While I’m featuring a different variety of tomatoes and basil in this bruschetta recipe, it follows along with the Classic Bruschetta tradition, an Italian dish that is served frequently before meals with rustic toasted bread. You can use any type of tomato you like for this recipe, including red tomatoes, as well as any type of basil, such as sweet green basil. The choice is yours! Once you create a batch, keep it in the refrigerator and use it as a condiment for wraps, veggie-burgers, tofu scrambles,  and, of course, toasted whole grain bread. This easy recipe is also vegan, gluten-free, and added sugar-free. 

Watch how I make this recipe on my Instagram Live Plant-Based Cooking Show here:

Bruschetta is a great way to use up a bumper crop of tomatoes in your garden, such as these heirloom beauties from mine.

This recipe calls for heirloom tomatoes, purple basil, garlic, onions, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

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Purple Basil Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta


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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/4 cups
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Make a twist on your classic bruschetta recipe with this colorful Italian tomato dip with heirloom tomatoes and purple basil, which is vegan, gluten-free, and ready in 10 minutes with only 5 ingredients.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced heirloom tomatoes, color as desired
  • 1/4 cup onion (white, red or yellow)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh purple basil
  • Salt and pepper (as desired)

Instructions

  1. Mix together tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and basil in a medium bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, if desired
  3. Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature before serving with bread, crackers, grain dishes or beans.
  • Category: Dip
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 56
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 6 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g

Keywords: bruschetta, easy bruschetta recipe, vegan dip

For other plant-based appetizer recipes, check out some of my favorites:

Chickpea Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Hummus
Smoky Eggplant Olive Dip
Cheddar Cashew Cheese

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