Healthy Bruschetta Salad with Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

This baller Bruschetta Salad is rocking all the flavor of your favorite bruschetta appetizer in a fresh and healthy Summer salad!

Quickly marinating our cherry tomatoes first gives them so much flavor you won’t be able to stop scarfing them.

Bruschetta Salad

Raiding my backyard garden for cherry tomatoes never gets old. Do you grow your own? Join meeeeee! It’s easy!

When we were in North Carolina we grew them in pots and kept them on the front porch, they didn’t need much space and were the highlight of every Summer.

These past few years we’ve been in sunny Florida and kept our tomato supply steady with a big ole raised bed garden out back. It’s a little more work up front but that thing basically runs itself these days, belting out fresh tomatoes, basil, scallions, and peppers a plenty.

Love it so.

Cherry Tomatoes with Olive Oil

Healthy Bruschetta Salad

Right now the only thing better than pounding platefuls of fresh bruschetta, is making this healthier Bruschetta Salad by the bowlful.

I love it fiercely and can’t wait for you to try it!

make it a meal! serve it with…

This bruschetta salad makes a great light lunch but can also be part of a balanced meal if you’d like!

Pair it with a healthy Tomato and Spinach Grilled Cheese pita sandwich or serve it up alongside my plant-based Garden Veggie Chickpea Salad Sandwich <– SO GOOD!

Craving a soup and salad combo? Try it with a piping hot bowl of Tomato Soup or a hearty pasta-kissed Vegetarian Minestrone.

Quick Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

special diets and swaps

This super simple salad is a fantastic base for all your favorite salad mix-ins and extras!

Take the bruschetta vibe even further by adding toasted bread or croutons to the mix.

I added feta cheese to my salad but mozzarella and/or parmesan cheese would be an excellent addition!

Vegan? Skip the optional cheese and add extra veggies!

Bruschetta Salad

Healthy Bruschetta Salad

This baller Bruschetta Salad is rocking all the flavor of your favorite bruschetta appetizer in a fresh and healthy Summer salad!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Bruschetta Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • 1 clove garlic (smashed and minced into a paste)
  • ¼ cup quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 TBSP fresh chopped basil
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp Italian seasoning blend
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4-5 cups green leaf lettuce
  • ¾ cup homemade or store bought croutons (optional)
  • 1-2 TBSP balsamic glaze or favorite balsamic vinegar/dressing


  • First marinated the tomatoes. Quarter your cherry tomatoes and mince garlic. Using the flat side of your knife, smash peeled garlic and mince into a paste. Season with a pinch of salt and add to a bowl with your veggies.
  • Add olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, basil, Italian seasoning, and freshly cracked black pepper. Mix to coat the tomatoes and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes (or longer if needed/desired), sitring occasionally. Feel free to adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • Let's get our salad on! Toss together marinated tomatoes (along with the marinade — hello DIY dressing!) lettuce, and optional croutons. Craving cheese? Feta, Parmesan, and Mozzarella cheese all make fantastic salad toppers here! Have fun with it and add all your favorite salad mix-ins!


Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator and will vary based on swaps and toppings. Adjust as needed and enjoy!


Calories: 174kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 57mg, Potassium: 231mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 3013IU, Vitamin C: 31mg, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 1mg
Tomato Bruschetta Salad with Feta Cheese

If you get a chance to try this bruschetta salad recipe, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Jenn Laughlin Peas and Crayons Author
About The Author:

Jenn Laughlin

Hi! I’m Jenn and I’m here to help you eat your veggies! It’ll be fun, painless, and pretty darn delicious as I teach you to plan your meals around fresh, seasonal produce with a little help from healthy freezer and pantry staples.

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  1. 5 stars
    Home-grow tomatoes are undeniably the best, Jenn! 😀 And your bruschetta salad looks so yum and vibrant! 😀 Thanks for sharing!