Vegan bruschetta is the perfect appetizer or main course, depending on how and what you serve it with. Although most bruschetta has cheese, using creative, savory ingredients, can turn a fattening snack into a tasty vegan meal.
In order to offer variety, I prefer smaller portions with various ingredients. If serving bruschetta to guests, for instance, bite-sized pieces allow people to try different vegan bris eta recipes. So, why not mix up the toppings to make a colorful meal?
Any typical bruschetta can be made colorful and beautiful. For instance, pick a theme; Greek or Italian; Mexican or Asian. Anything works on a small piece of crusty bread.
What kind of bread issued for the best vegan bruschetta?
Actually, bruschetta refers to the bread, which means to char or toast. And who doesn't love, crusty, toasted bread? Bruschetta, a word Italians invented to describe stale sliced bread, is typically toasted and doused in olive oil, garlic, and salt.
My vegan bruschetta recipe, however, is oil-free from the bread to the various toppings. But, how do you find oil-free bread? Believe it or not, most bread baked in a grocery store bakery are both oil-free and vegan. Just read the label.
Types of bread, which are typically used to make bruschetta:
- French Baguette: A baguette is a long, thin loaf of French bread that is commonly made from basic lean dough. It is distinguishable by its length and crisp crust.
- Italian Loaf: The interior of Italian bread is typically extremely moist and absorbent—the better to soak up tomatoes and other bruschetta ingredients
- Focaccia: Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza dough. Focaccia can be used as a side to many meals or as sandwich bread
- Tuscan Loaf: Tuscan bread is intentionally made without salt, so it's typically bland tasting but perfect for enhancing the flavors in the bruschetta toppings.
- Sourdough Bread: With sourdough, the grain, oftentimes wheat, is fermented with lactic acid bacteria and wild yeasts
- Italian Ciabatta: Used to make paninis, Ciabatta is made with a stronger flour and uses a very much wetter dough than traditional French bread
- Crostini: "little toasts" in Italian, crostini are small, thin slices of toasted bread
- Pagnotta: Simple and delicious Italian rustic bread typical of Central Italy but also widely baked in other regions. Very soft and spongy inside with a deep brown crust it’ll conquer you from the first bite.
Without a doubt, toppings create the best bruschetta. Leave off the oil and the cheese, and the results amaze everyone. The freshest ingredients create the tastiest snacks.
How to keep vegan bruschetta from getting soggy...
To avoid soggy bread when making bruschetta, serve soon after making. To prepare ahead of time, keep the toppings separate, and broil the bread before guests arrive.
Or, serve the toppings in separate bowls for guests to add their own toppings, which prevents soggy bread.
Vegan bruschetta topping ideas for your next party!
- Hummus (you choose your flavor) This one is Engine Brand
- Roma tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
- Red onion, diced
- Cucumbers, deseeded and diced
- Kalamative Olives, sliced
- White Bean Hummus
- Roma Tomatoes, sliced
- Fresh Basil, sliced
- Avocado, sliced thin
- Balsamic glaze (drizzled)
- Spicy Chipotle Hummus or Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus
- Roma Tomatoes, Sliced
- Red Onion, sliced thin
- Cilantro, Chopped
- Jalapeno Slices
- Edamame Hummus
- Green Onions, Sliced
- Clementines, sectioned, and cut into pieces
- Shredded Carrots
- Peanuts (Optional)
If you love bruschetta, try these fun party snacks:
- Cauliflower Tacos
- Avocado Hummus
- Spicy Korean Baked Cauliflower
- Buffalo Cauliflower
- Vegan Tangy Crockpot Meatless Meatballs
- Vegan Quiches
- Vegan French Onion Dip
- Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Vegan Baby Portobello Mushroom Bites Recipe
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂