20 Minute Balsamic Caprese Bruschetta Recipe

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This super easy Balsamic Caprese Bruschetta recipe is the BEST appetizer! Not only is it quick to make, but it tastes so great, too!

This easy Caprese Bruschetta recipe is a simple appetizer that the whole crowd will love


Sometimes we like to spice up a Sunday afternoon. You know like, let’s try a new snack rather than the usual chex mix kinda spice. 🙂

We love to buy the bulk packages of mozzarella from Sam’s Club or Costco. They are a great value for the money and we like to add mozzarella slices to our grilled chicken dinners or on pizza!

But inevitably, there is always some cheese leftover that begs to be eaten. If we didn’t do something with it, I can count on Aubrey or Owen disappearing with it. 🙂


Fresh mozzarella cheese mixed with diced tomatoes and basil


We happily take any left over mozzarella and throw together this simple, but oh-so-tasty appetizer. It has the perfect crunch against traditional caprese flavors.


This Caprese Bruschetta recipe has juicy diced tomatoes and creamy mozzarella cheese


To make this appetizer even easier, I’ll toss a cup of balsamic vinegar on the stove-top while I’m unloading groceries or cleaning up the kitchen. After about 15 or 20 minutes of cooking on medium high heat, it’s reduced to a glaze.

When it’s a glaze, you can pour into a measuring cup and toss it in the fridge to cool.

Toasted baguette slices are the bed for this Caprese Bruschetta recipe


Once I’m ready to serve the appetizer, I’ll cut a french loaf from the store on a slight diagonal. Sure, you could call it fancier, but really, it gives you more surface area for more caprese! 🙂


Use thinly sliced baguettes for the base of this Caprese Bruschetta recipe

Toss the bread in the oven for a few minutes and take this appetizer up to another level!

So darn yummy!

Toasted baguettes and Caprese topping with diced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil


Once the toast is ready, pour a heaping spoonful(s) of the mixture over each slice. Then drizzle on some of the balsamic glaze.

Biggest fight of the day for Jordan & I? Deciding when to call “that’s enough glaze!”  I’m Team #neverenough

These Caprese Bruschetta bites are drizzled with balsamic dressing


Save the extra balsamic glaze for meals during the week. I like to use it on vegetables and salads.

This Caprese Bruschetta recipe is the perfect, easy appetizer that's fresh, flavorful, and delicious


This super easy appetizer is perfect for any get together or for yourself on a Sunday afternoon! You can save your topping for another day or another loaf 🙂



20 Minute Balsamic Caprese Brushcetta

20 Minute Balsamic Caprese Brushcetta

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This simple Caprese Bruschetta recipe is an easy appetizer that's ready in just a few minutes.


  • 8 oz Balsamic Oil, Cooled Glaze
  • 1 loaf French Bread
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil, Extra Virgin, Divided
  • 5 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
  • 8 slices Fresh Mozzarella, [Whole Sleeve], chopped
  • 10-12 leaves Basil, Fresh, Chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper, to taste


Balsamic Glaze

  1. Heat Balsamic oil in small pan on medium - high heat. Heat for 20 minutes until it's reduced by about half. 
  2. Cool balsamic glaze in fridge until needed.

Caprese Bruschetta

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut the french bread on the diagonal. You should have approximately 24 slices
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together the chopped Roma tomatoes, basil leaves, fresh mozzarella, and 2-3 tablespoons of the olive oil.
  4. Once mixed, sprinkle in salt & pepper, to taste. Combine.
  5. Line up the bread slices on a baking sheet and if desired, brush over remaining oil on the slices. Toast in oven until lightly crunchy (about 3-4 minutes)
  6. Top the bread with the Caprese mixture. Lightly drizzle the balsamic glaze over the slices. 


This recipe is great for preparing the balsamic glaze & Caprese mixture earlier in the day. When you are ready to serve, toast the bread and top! 

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