Healthy Vegan Bruschetta (vegan and dairy-free recipe) 🍅

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Summer is here, and it’s the perfect season for fresh, vibrant, and easy-to-make dishes that delight the senses, like this tantalizing vegan bruschetta. Imagine biting into a crisp slice of sourdough bread, topped with juicy cherry tomatoes, fragrant basil, a rich and tangy balsamic vinegar reduction, and a luscious, creamy cashew cheese. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, planning a sunny picnic in the park, or just craving a light and refreshing snack, this plant-based recipe is the ideal choice! 🌞


Vegan Bruschetta: healthy, balanced, and simply delicious! 💯

As a plant-based foodie, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are not only delicious but also packed with wholesome ingredients. This bruschetta hits all the marks – it’s completely vegan, dairy-free, and finished with a sugar-free balsamic reduction that adds the perfect tangy twist. The optional addition of a homemade plant-based cheese makes it even more indulgent, and perfect for a summer BBQ, or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up!

But there are many more reasons to love this healthy bruschetta recipe:

  • Firstly, it offers a well-balanced mix of macronutrients. The healthy fats come from the extra-virgin olive oil and creamy cashew cheese, providing essential fatty acids that support heart health. Plant-based proteins from the cashews ensure you’re getting adequate protein, crucial for muscle repair and growth. The baguette provides complex carbohydrates, offering a steady release of energy to keep you going throughout your summer activities.
  • In terms of micronutrients, this bruschetta is a powerhouse. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals from fresh tomatoes, basil, and onions. You’ll find vitamins C, A, and K, along with essential minerals like magnesium and iron, all of which contribute to a well-rounded, nutritious snack. These micronutrients support everything from immune function to bone health, making this dish not just tasty but also incredibly nourishing.
  • Antioxidants are another big star of this dish. The tomatoes, garlic, and basil are rich in powerful compounds like lycopene and quercetin, which help combat oxidative stress and inflammation. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar add additional polyphenols, which have been linked to numerous health benefits, including reduced risk of chronic diseases.
  • One of the standout features of this bruschetta is how easy and quick it is to make. With minimal preparation and cooking time, it’s perfect for those spontaneous summer moments when you need a quick and delicious snack or appetizer without spending hours in the kitchen.
  • Despite being packed with nutrients, this bruschetta is also low in calories (around 100 calories per serving). Each ingredient is chosen for its nutritional benefits without adding unnecessary calories, so you can enjoy this light and refreshing summer appetizer guilt-free!
  • This recipe is completely vegan and dairy-free, and can easily be made gluten-free as well, simply by using a baguette or gluten-free bread.
  • For an added touch, using sourdough bread can enhance the flavor and provide probiotics for gut health. Without considering that the natural tang of sourdough pairs beautifully with the fresh ingredients, adding another layer of deliciousness to the dish.
  • Finally, the sugar-free balsamic reduction is a game-changer, as it adds a rich, tangy flavor to the bruschetta without any added sugars.

So, next time you’re looking for a wholesome, plant-based snack or appetizer, give this vegan bruschetta a try. It’s a delightful way to nourish your body and mind while enjoying the best flavors of summer!


Tips for a Bomb Vegan Bruschetta 🔥

Making a truly exceptional vegan bruschetta involves more than just assembling a few ingredients. To elevate this simple dish to something spectacular, you need to pay attention to the details. Here’s how to turn a regular vegan bruschetta into an absolute bomb:

  1. Choose Fresh, Ripe Tomatoes:
    • Use the ripest tomatoes you can find for maximum flavor and juiciness. Cherry tomatoes or heirloom varieties can add a colorful and flavorful twist.
  2. Dice Tomatoes Evenly:
    • Ensure that the tomatoes are diced evenly to create a uniform texture and make every bite delicious.
  3. Use High-Quality Olive Oil:
    • Opt for extra virgin olive oil for its rich flavor and health benefits. It enhances the overall taste of the bruschetta.
  4. Infuse the Garlic:
    • Mince garlic finely and let it sit with the tomato mixture for at least 15 minutes. This helps to mellow the raw garlic’s sharpness and infuses the mixture with its aromatic flavor.
  5. Add Fresh Basil Just Before Serving:
    • Chop fresh basil leaves and add them right before serving to keep their vibrant color and fresh flavor intact.
  6. Perfectly Toast the Sourdough Bread:
    • Slice the baguette into 1/2-inch thick slices and brush them lightly with olive oil before toasting. This helps to achieve a perfect golden, crisp texture.
  7. Rub Garlic on Warm Toast:
    • Once the baguette slices are toasted, rub the top of each slice with a halved garlic clove while still warm. This adds an extra layer of garlic flavor without being overpowering.
  8. Prepare Cashew Cheese in Advance:
    • Make the homemade vegan cashew cheese ahead of time to allow the flavors to develop. Spread a generous layer on the toasted baguette for a creamy, cheesy base.
  9. Serve Immediately:
    • For the best texture and flavor, assemble the bruschetta right before serving to keep the bread crisp and the tomato mixture fresh.
  10. Experiment with Add-Ons:
    • Try adding other fresh herbs like oregano or thyme, or even a splash of lemon juice for added brightness. You can also top with plant-based mozzarella for an extra cheesy touch. (I love this soy-free one from Follow Your Heart).

By following these tips, you’ll ensure that your vegan bruschetta is flavorful, balanced, and irresistibly delicious. Enjoy impressing your guests with this perfect summer appetizer!

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vegan bruschetta withe red and yellow cherry tomatoes, vegan cashew cheese, and balsamic reduction

Healthy Vegan Bruschetta

Caitlin Havener
Enjoy this delicious vegan bruschetta, topped with a flavorful tomato mixture and elevated with a tangy, sugar-free balsamic reduction. For an extra touch, add a touch of smooth and creamy plant-based cashew cheese. Perfect for a fresh, healthy, and satisfying snack or starter!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

For the cashew cheese (optional):

Instructions
 

  • Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil on the stove.
  • Simmer until the liquid has reduced by about half, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Keep warm until use – reduction will thicken significantly when it cools.⁣
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 180°C).
  • Place 1/4 cup olive oil in a small bowl and add the minced garlic. Brush the garlic olive oil mixture on each bread round and place on a cookie sheet. ⁣
  • Place the cookie sheet on the top rack and toast the bread slices until they start to turn gold on the edges – about 10 minutes.⁣
  • Meanwhile, in another bowl, mix the quartered cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped basil, remaining olive oil, red pepper flakes, and a little salt and pepper. ⁣
  • Place the toasted bread on a nice plate.
  • Optionally, spread a generous layer of the vegan cashew cheese onto each toasted baguette slice (recipe below).
  • Add a heaping spoonful of the tomato condiment to each slice of bread.
  • Carefully drizzle the balsamic reduction over the bread (do it straight from the saucepan, if you try to put it in another container it will just harden too much to work with).

For the vegan cashew cheese:

  • Place the raw cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Let them soak for at least 2 hours, or overnight for a creamier texture. Drain and rinse before using.
  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, minced garlic, water, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender a few times. Add more water if necessary to reach your desired consistency.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. You can add more salt, lemon juice, or nutritional yeast to enhance the flavor.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Vegan Bruschetta
Amount per Serving
Calories
114
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Sodium
 
156
mg
7
%
Potassium
 
114
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.3
g
1
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
225
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
13
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.5
mg
3
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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