Bruschetta with Feta is a super easy appetizer or light meal Perfect for weekends, breakfast or brunch bruschetta with feta cheese has both taste and texture! Serve drizzled with balsamic glaze or vinegar for a fresh, tasty and simple feta bruschetta.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have highlighted everything you will come to know and love ❤ about this recipe in the points below (they are many great things to enjoy!):
- Super fast: this recipe till tick all of your boxes a light and easy meal, but won't have you spending hours upon hours in the kitchen!
- Not only is this recipe quick and easy to make, it uses simple, fresh and easy to find ingredients!
- Versatile: ticking the box of either appetizer, brunch or light meal, the simple combination of flavours suits many occasions!
- A vegetarian recipe that can be bulked up if wanting to add more protein or served when you don't have a great deal of time to prepare something fancy.
- Finger food: switch it up and use crostini (smaller pieces of bread) and entertain a crowd with no fuss nature of the recipe.
- Multiple ideas to sub in and out: substitute cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta if you have those on hand.
- For an Italian style appetizer with feta cheese to get the party started you simply can't go wrong!
This recipe is about super simple, easy to find ingredients. The photo below is a visual guide so that you can get what you need. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements and instructions.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Feta cheese: arguably the hero of this dish! You will find that you can purchase Greek Feta Cheese which has a rougher texture or Danish Feta which is super smooth. You can use either, however, I find that the Greek Feta cheese holds its shape more when being prepared (ie cut into pieces)
- Sourdough: you don't have to use the same bread as me, you can use your favourite! I recommend a freshly baked loaf with nice thick slices such as shown in the photo. Another good option is rye bread.
- Fresh basil leaves: these bring an Italian flavour to our bruschetta! Their aroma elevates the combination of ingredients ensuring a fresh bright taste.
- Tomatoes: the tomatoes pair extremely well with the feta cheese and basil leaves, it is a winning combination. I like to purchase standard size tomatoes as shown in the photos and chop them up accordingly.
- Parsley: this is an optional ingredient. It provides a herby freshness and we use it combined with olive oil to coat our bread before we toast it.
- Olive oil: as you can see from the photos down below, we use the oil with the garlic powder and parsley with salt and pepper to create an infusion that we coat the bread with.
- Garlic powder: this provides the bruschetta with a great garlicky taste and can be found in the herbs/spices part of the supermarket.
- Salt and pepper: we use these to season the other ingredients for the recipe.
- Balsamic vinegar: you can use either balsamic vinegar which has a thinner texture reminiscent of traditional salad dressing OR you can use the thicker balsamic glaze. If using the glaze, you only need a small amount.
Tasty tip: there is a Greek appetizer twist in our recipe for the the feta, basil and tomato mixture is traditionally found in Greek Bruschetta recipes. It is a delicious combination that delivers both great taste and diverse textures!
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by creating an infused olive oil which we use to coat the bread prior to toasting.
- Start with olive oil (photo 1)
- Add garlic powder (photo 2)
- Add salt and pepper (photo 3)
- Whisk to combine (photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Bruschetta with Feta
To make the bruschetta, start by combining the oil mixture that will be used to coat the bread prior to toasting. Then add the tomatoes and feta to a bowl and stir to combine. Once the bread is toasted, use a spoon to dollop the salad mixture on top and drizzle with balsamic vinegar 😍👍😉.
- Chop parsley (Photo 5)
- Stir parsley into olive oil mix (Photo 6)
- Brush each slice of bread with seasoned oil (Photo 7)
- Repeat till all slices are seasoned (Photo 8)
Then we pop the baking tray with our seasoned bread into the oven for at least 15 mins. This will crisp up the bread so that the bruschetta is crunchy and delicious!
When the bread is toasting in the oven, you can use this time to prepare the bruschetta topping!
- Bake the bread for 15 mins in the oven (Photo 9)
- Cut the feta cheese into small pieces (Photo 10)
- Use a knife to chop your tomatoes (Photo 11)
- Combine the tomato, basil and feta in a mixing bowl (Photo 12)
🍽 Serving Suggestions
To keep the bruschetta crispy and not soggy, we need to separate the bread from the topping and balsamic vinegar until it is time to serve it.
Then when you are ready simply top the bruschetta with the basil, tomato and feta and drizzle with balsamic vinegar!
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store the salad mixture leftovers separately to any bread so that they don't get soggy from the liquid in the tomato mixture.
The ingredients (other than the bread) are not suitable to freeze or reheat.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
Here are my sub ins and outs that you might be thinking about as you read the post and I will tell you if I think they will work or why they won't:
- You can use bocconcini in place of the feta cheese if you wish.
- Add some crispy chopped prosciutto pieces for a non vegetarian option.
- Coriander (cilantro) is a great alternative herb to the parsley if you would like to try that.
- Rye or multi grain offer alternate bread options.
- Using a combination of red and orange (grape) tomatoes will offer additional pops of colour to the bruschetta.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks that I want to share with you so that you master the recipe from the get go:
- roughly chop the basil to add colour and flavour in the dish
- buy a sliced loaf of bread to save cutting it yourself!
- make the toasted bread a few hours in advance
- keep the topping, balsamic vinegar and bread seperate until ready to serve!
Check out my How to Toast Bread in the Oven post for extra helpful tips on oven baked bread!
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
What is bruschetta topping made of?
Bruschetta topping is commonly made of a combination of tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion, feta or other cheese and balsamic glaze or reduction.
Served with toast, crostini or mini toasts, it is an ideal appetizer as it can be prepared in advance and pulled together at the last minute.
Bruschetta topping can include meat or be vegetarian, as well as using olives, pesto, cheese and or other ingredients.
How do you cut tomatoes for bruschetta?
If using standard round tomatoes you can cut them into small, bite sized pieces.
If using cherry tomatoes, you can choose to cut them in half or quarters.
The trick is to keep the tomato pieces small so that can be mixed in with the other ingredients such as basil and feta.
How do you keep bruschetta from getting soggy?
The trick to keeping bruschetta from getting soggy is to not combine the ingredients and glaze until ready to serve.
You can prepare the entire recipe by chopping the basil, tomatoes, parsley, garlic and olive oil, but hold off on combining them until you are ready to eat.
When ready top the freshly toasted bread with the tomato mixture and drizzle so that the bread remains fresh and the bruschetta topping doesn't get soggy.
Is Bruschetta better the next day?
One of the best things about this recipe is that you can make it in advance.
If you make the topping, keep it in a bowl with glad wrap in the fridge. Toast the bread and keep that separate in an air tight container. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar at the time of serving!
It can be better the next day if the prep work is done but the ingredients remain separated from each other!
😍 More Easy Party Starter Recipes
If your goal in life is to have a stock pile of reliable recipes that work to kick off the party and entertaining guests I understand where you are coming from!👌😉👍. You might also need a few more recipes for further inspiration, so here are some ideas to explore:
- Grazing Platter (to feed a crowd)
- Mini Quiches (12 different ways)
- Baked Brie with garlic
- Corn Dip with Cream Cheese
- Coconut Prawns (with 2 different dipping sauces)
- Cob Loaf
- Microwave Brie
- Baked Brie with Honey
Olive recipes like my Artichoke Olive Tapenade, Easy Green Olive Tapenade, Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade and Olive Tapenade all work well as a base layer if you want to switch up the flavours. My dips and spreads recipes allow you to get your dip on!
Brushetta with Feta (Feta Bruschetta)
- 1 Baking tray
- 1 Bowl
- 1 Pastry Brush
- 1 Small jug
- 1 Mini whisk
- 1 Small serving bowls
- 1 Party platter
- 400 gram sourdough (loaf) sliced, Note 1
- 200 grams feta cheese Note 2
- 5 small tomatoes Note 3
- ½ bunch fresh basil Note 4
- ½ olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder Note 5
- ⅓ cup fresh parsley optional
- salt and pepper to season
- balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze to serve
- Preheat your oven: to 180°C/400°F/gas 6.
- Baking tray: line a flat baking tray with grease proof paper.
- Seasoned oil: combine olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small jug Note 6.
- Parsley: use kitchen scissors to roughly chop the parsley then add it to the seasoned oil.
- Bread: spread your bread slices out onto the baking tray. Use a pastry brush to coat each bread slice with the seasoned oil.
- Oven bake: place the baking tray in the oven and bake the bread for 15 mins or until toasted. Note 7, 8
- Tomato mixture: use a knife to chop the tomatoes and feta cheese, roughly chop the basil leaves. Combine the tomatoes, feta and basil in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Toasted bread: remove the toasted bread from the oven, let sit for 1-2 mins and then top with the tomato, basil and feta mix
- Serve and enjoy: drizzle with balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze and serve.
- Note 1 - Bread: purchase sliced bread as this will save you time, plus the pieces will be all uniform in thickness which is hard to achieve if you are cutting them one by one yourself!
- Note 2 Feta cheese: I use Greek style feta cheese, you can also use Danish style if you prefer.
- Note 3 Tomatoes: you can use normal tomatoes, vine ripened tomatoes or roma tomatoes.
- Note 4 Herbs: fresh basil leaves are essential for this recipe as they bring a flavour that ties everything else together!
- Note 5 Garlic powder: this will be in the herbs and spices aisle, it is a handy ingredient for many recipes!
- Note 6 Oil seasoning: I like to use a mini whisk to combine these ingredients, it is easy and ensures that everything is consistently mixed together.
- Note 7 Toasting the bread: don't worry about turning the bread slices over in the oven, they will get crispy and crunchy with the technique of brushing them with oil before baking.
- Note 8 Crispy bread: the bread will still feel a little soft when you gently press a finger onto middle after 15 mins, but it will crispy up very nicely as it cools down. (Don't worry if it is not 'rock hard' at this point).
Published March 2020 updated Jan 2022 with new tips!