Classic Tomato Bruschetta (#COOKOUTWEEK2017 GIVEAWAY!)

June 26, 2017

It’s that time of year, when everyone’s out and about, planning events for picnics, potlucks, cookouts, and summer parties. And who would I be if I didn’t join in with the festivities? Today’s post is super-duper exciting because right now, not only am I sharing this amazing classic tomato bruschetta, I’m thrilled to announce that #CookcoutWeek2017 is officially under way!!

I’m joining up with over 40 of my food blogger friends to bring you the perfect recipes for hosting the perfect summer get-together, whether it’s by the poolside, at the park, or in your backyard. If that isn’t exciting enough, we’re also have a giveaway featuring products from the brands who have made this year’s #CookoutWeek possible! By entering, you could win:

  • From blog host The PinterTest Kitchen: $100 Amazon gift card, to use to buy all the supplies you need for your next cookout
  • From our sponsor The French Farm: A gift pack of gourmet products hand-crafted by small businesses and using only the finest ingredients – La Favorita Genovese Pesto, Caprichos del Guadalquivir Cadenera Orange Marmalade, and L’Abeille Occitane Lavender Honey
  • From our sponsor Smokin’-Os: A sampler pack of their “smokin’-os” wood rings, to help you add wood-fired, smokey taste to your grilled foods, even if you don’t own a smoker
  • From our sponsor Primal Kitchen: $200 of Primal Kitchen goodies, including condiments made with avocado oil and bars and shakes with grass-fed collagen
  • From our sponsor Langers Juice Company: Your choice of 10 bottles of Langers Juice, with flavors including traditional Apple and Grape, as well as interesting mixes such as Pineapple Orange Coconut, Cranberry Blood Orange, and Mango Peach
  • From our sponsor True Made Foods: A 3-bottle sampler pack of sauces with real flavors made from real vegetables and less sugar – Ketchup, BBQ, and Veracha

This entire prize pack has a total value of over $400! You have until July 1 at 11:59 PM to enter by following our sponsors and bloggers on social media. You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Now, let’s talk bruschetta.

You can’t really go wrong with this recipe: it’s basically a mini salad on top of crunchy, oven-toasted bread. I threw in some sharp gouda cheese, but that’s completely optional (although you really should give it a try). As simple as this bruschetta is, it’s addicting, and I’m not even gonna lie. Once you take a small bite, you’ll end up shoving the entire plate down your throat. Graphic, I know, but just being honest here.

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This classic bruschetta is fresh, easy, and colorful. It's simple and a perfect appetizer for any summer cookout!
Serves: 7 slices
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup basil, minced (5-8 basil leaves)
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup gouda cheese
  • half of a french bread
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Cut french bread diagonally into half inch slices, and toast in the oven for about 4-6 minutes until slightly crispy. Flip, sprinkle over gouda cheese, and toast again until cheese is bubbly and melted.
  3. While the bread is toasting, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add coconut oil and garlic. Saute garlic until 1-2 minutes, until a light brown color. Combine browned garlic (including remaining coconut oil), tomatoes, basil, and salt and pepper. Give a gentle stir, and set to the side.
  4. Top with tomato-basil mixture, and serve immediately. Enjoy!


You can enter the giveaway here:

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Listed below are all of my fellow food bloggers who are linking up and joining this year’s #CookoutWeek. Make sure to check out their recipes as they post throughout the week!

The PinterTest Kitchen (host) • 2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAshees CookbookBaking SenseBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenChef Sarah ElizabethCook’s HideoutCookaholic WifeCooking with SapanaEat, Drink, Be Healthy!FairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFix Me a Little LunchFor the Love of FoodFull Belly SistersHezzi-D’s Books and CooksHome Sweet HomesteadJoin Us, Pull up a ChairKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynn’s Sweets and TreatsLittle House Big AlaskaMy Southern Sweet Tooth (that’s me!) • Our Good LifeOven Tales By SyamaPalatable PastimeRants From My Crazy KitchenSavory MomentsSeduction in the KitchenSidewalk ShoesThat RecipeThe Freshman CookThe Mad Scientists KitchenThe Pajama ChefThe Redhead BakerThe Saucy SouthernerThe Spiffy CookieThe Weekday GourmetTramplingroseTurnips 2 TangerinesUncle Jerry’s Kitchen

Want a bonus entry? Easy! Just drop a comment down below, letting me know what your favorite summer food is! :)

xx, Ashley

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  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athelte June 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

    That looks SO good, and so attainable! I’m not the quirkiest chef — in fact, I wouldn’t ever refer to myself as a chef — but this looks like something I could rock out!

    • Reply Ashley June 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Rock it out girlll!

  • Reply Monique June 26, 2017 at 9:19 am

    There’s nothing I love more than bruschetta! Lovely recipe and photos! Looks so delicious!

  • Reply Aimee June 26, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Yummmm I love bruschetta!

  • Reply Shannon Morscheck June 26, 2017 at 9:42 am

    This looks SO fresh and delicious!

  • Reply Candace Wells June 26, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Oh…I love this stuff! The first time I had it was at a wedding and I could not stop eating. I’ll have to try it with the cheese.

    • Reply Ashley June 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      I added the gouda for an extra bit of flavor and haven’t looked back since!

  • Reply Ruthie June 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    This looks divine!! Yum Yum!!!

  • Reply Farrah June 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Bruschetta is one of my favorite things ever–I need this in my life! :P

    • Reply Ashley June 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      gotta love bruschetta :)

  • Reply @Dayngr June 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    This looks mouth-watering delicious! The best part though it that it’s simple and healthy, too. So good!

  • Reply Julia June 26, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make bruschetta, so I’ll have to give your recipe a try! It looks delicious!

    • Reply Ashley June 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      So glad you liked it Julia. Let me know how it goes!

  • Reply Marissa June 26, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Yum, love me some Summertime bruschetta! And I love that unique addition of the gouda cheese!


    • Reply Ashley June 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Gouda is my fav!

  • Reply Lynn Woods June 26, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I just love bruschetta-2 of my favorite things; bread and tomatoes. This looks really good.

  • Reply Katherine Turro June 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    This looks divine!! Bruschetta is one of my favorite snacks and yours is beautiful!

  • Reply Rachel Ritlop June 26, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Wow how interesting! It looks so delicious!

  • Reply Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated June 27, 2017 at 2:16 am

    This is the exact sort of thing I love eating for dinner during summer. I’m so going to make it this week!

  • Reply Patricia @ Grab a Plate June 27, 2017 at 9:23 am

    One of my favorite things about summer…tomatoes! This salad looks amazing, and I hope I’m a winner :)

  • Reply Kristen Kavan June 27, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Ive never made brushcetta with gouda before! yum!! Fresh tomatoes in summer are the best!

  • Reply Nancy Loring June 28, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I love pasta salads especially in the summer. There are so many different kinds sometimes it is hard to choose.

  • Reply Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie July 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I’m not sure I’ve ever had bruschetta with gouda and I am saddened by this realization. Looks great!

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