Bruschetta Salad

Bruschetta is an Italian starter dish consisting of grilled garlic bread most commonly topped with a tomato and garlic mixture. It is always one of my favorite appetizers that I order out at restaurants and that I make at home for small gatherings. It is quick and easy, and people really seem to enjoy it. Lately however, I have been enjoying Bruschetta as a side salad with steaks, chicken, fish or even in a wrap or pita with some protein.  It is very quick and easy to prepare and gives you a pop of freshness and acidity.  

Serves 4


Tomatoes, chopped 3 cups (3–4 tomatoes)

  Or Cherry Tomatoes, quartered 3 cups

Garlic, chopped fine 3–4 cloves

Red onion, chopped fine 1/4 cup

Fresh basil, chopped 6 leaves

Baby Arugula 2 cups (optional)

Kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper pinch

Red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon

Avocado Oil 2 tablespoons

Lets Get Cooking:

  • Prepare the tomatoes, garlic, red onions, arugula and fresh basil and mix together in a medium-sized bowl. Seasoning with the little salt and pepper, add the vinegar and avocado oil. Be sure to taste and add more salt and pepper until desire taste is achieved. Allow the tomato mixture to rest in the refrigerator covered for about 30 minutes. This allows the flavors to mingle. 

Bruschetta Salad

Chef’s Serving Suggestion: 

  • Serve with grilled chicken or steak seasoned with salt, pepper and oregano.  Once the chicken is cooked through or your steak is cooked to your desired temperature squeeze a little lemon juice over top.
  • Cook up some spaghetti, strain, and toss with the bruschetta in a pot over a low heat until the tomato is warm. Serve topped with a little grated parmesan cheese. 
  • Opt to leave out the arugula and serve more traditionally with slices of toasted garlic bread (see photo below)

Watch me on WFXB Fox TV’s Carolina AM with Greg Rowles preparing my Bruschetta Salad along with giving some of my tips for cooking a steak. 

If you enjoyed the flavors of my Bruschetta, check out the Isreali “Pico” that accompanies my Israeli Tacos.  

Check out Johnny D’s for more info about what I do and make a plan to come visit us if you come through Myrtle Beach.

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