Zesty Tomato-Basil Bruschetta

Most people love and remember bruschetta for its bright, fresh tomato and basil components, not so much for the sprinkle of cheese on top.  So why not omit the cheese altogether?


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1 whole-wheat baguette, sliced
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 handful basil leaves, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic
dash of cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Adjust the salt and spices to taste.
  2. Toast the baguette slices on a grill or in a toaster. Brush with a little oil. When ready to serve, spoon the tomato mixture over the toasted baguette and serve immediately.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serving Size: 6-8 servings
Sarah Yoo

Sarah Yoo is the associate director of Life & Health but wears a few dozen hats as other this-and-thats, as is the norm in non-profit work. Her favorite part about working at Life & Health is meeting the people that Life & Health content has helped. Ultimately, Sarah dreams of doing humanitarian work in a developing country with her family.

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