Got stale bread? Make Bruschetta (broo-sket-ta).

Bruschetta is crusty, grilled bread that’s been brushed with olive oil and garlic. This recipe is a delicious way to reduce your food waste:

  • It’s a great way to use stale bread, but you can certainly use fresh.
  • This topping makes use of ripe tomatoes that you might have left on the counter.
  • It’s a very adaptable recipe that allows you can make a small or large batch, depending on what you have on hand.

Fresh garlic and a salt-free herb blend can add more flavor to this DASH friendly recipe. If you don’t use this topping for bread, you can top chicken with it. Simply top 4 boneless, split chicken breasts with the mixture, cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

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Bruschetta Topping

Servings 4 servings
Author Rosanne Rust MS RDN,


  • 1-1/2 cups chopped, ripe tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp basil, chopped or 2 tsp dried
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced onion optional
  • 1 tsp herb blend or any salt-free blend
  • 3 tbsp tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Mix tomatoes, basil, garlic and herbs. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar and combine.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to a day.
  • To serve, place a spoonful of mixture onto toasted bread slices. Garnish with grated parmesan if desired.


To make the bruschetta. Slice crusty bread into 1/4-inch thick slices. Lay the bread in a single layer, onto a baking sheet. Brush each slice with olive oil and rub with garlic clove (or sprinkle with garlic powder). Toast until lightly browned. Top with tomato topping.