As someone who ran her own baking business, the lack of access to a full kitchen (no oven or stove) at my college makes my life very difficult. I have to create food somehow. So over the past semester I have been gathering a folder of recipes on my computer and adapting them to be college kitchen-friendly. This easy Bruschetta recipe is part of a series of recipes I have determined dorm-friendly that feed my stress baking need. I present to you: dorm Bruschetta. 

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Bruschetta is a great summer treat because there are always fresh tomatoes. In most regions, tomatoes grow until about September or August, so while Bruschetta is traditionally a summer dish, it is also great to make in the early fall. While this recipe is great with any tomatoes, the farm fresh tomatoes we will be seeing at the farmers' market and CSA make it 100 times better. Farmers' markets are also just super fun, so if you are not taking some time out of your week to get fresh food from the farmers' market, maybe reconsider that.

As someone who once worked at a farmers' market, everyone is super kind, helpful, and proud of what they are selling. Most venders are happy to strike up a conversation with anyone. So hop on over to your local farmers market and learn a bit about your tomatoes and onions before you get cooking.

Bruschetta can be served multiple ways. Classically, it is served on toasted ciabatta or baguette. Technically bruschetta refers to the toasted bread and tomato bruschetta is really what this recipe should be called, but Americans aren't know for keeping traditional names for most things including foods.

Since most dorms don't have toasters, I tend to use crackers. For the crackers, bagel crisps or mini toast are the best. If using bread, let it sit out a day or two to get almost stale and then lightly toast it. If you're feeling really adventurous, add bruschetta to pasta. If you add chicken and mozzarella to you bruschetta, you've got a nice caprese pasta.


  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:10 mins
  • Servings:10
  • Easy


  • 2 large tomatoes or or 3 tomatoes on the vine
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Basil
  • toast or crackers
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  • Step 1

    Dice tomatoes into half inch chunks preferably with a serrated knife.
    #Spoon tip: Place a paper towel under your cutting board to catch the tomato juice

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  • Step 2

    Dice the onion into half inch squares. Separate the layers.

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  • Step 3

    Finely chop basil.

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  • Step 4

    Mix together the olive oil, basil, and diced onions and tomatoes in a large bowl.

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  • Step 5

    Spoon onto toast or crackers to serve.

    bread, tomato, lox, bruschetta, toast, salmon, smoked salmon
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The best thing about this super easy bruschetta recipe is no one will know that it only took a few minutes to make. If you're looking for a healthy snack or a great way to impress your friends at a party, bruschetta is the way to go. You can keep it in the fridge for about 5-7 days before the onion starts to break down and the whole thing just tastes like raw onion.