Summer is such a busy time, it seems.  The moment the weather warms up, everyone is itching to get outdoors after being cooped up inside for so long.  It follows then that summer is full of places to go, people to see and things to do.  I, for one, feel like my calendar for the month of June could not possibly hold another thing.  With so much going on, quick and easy foods are just what we need.  This strawberry bruschetta with goat cheese was a perfect quick summer lunch for us.  It takes just a few minutes to throw together but the payoff is great.  The sweetness of the strawberries is balanced by the slight tang of the creamy goat cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  A sprinkle of fresh basil and a dash of cracked pepper add a nice finishing touch to this pretty little bite.  Though we enjoyed these for a light lunch, they would also make an ideal starter for a summer dinner party.


1 cup strawberries, hulled and diced
1 tbsp. sugar
French baguette, sliced on a bias
4 oz. goat cheese
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
¼ cup minced basil leaves
Freshly ground black pepper


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    Combine the  strawberries and sugar in a small bowl; toss to combine.  Let the berries macerate for about 30 minutes so that they begin to release their juices.  Spread a thin layer of goat cheese on top of each baguette slice.  Top each slice with spoonfuls of the strawberry mixture.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Top each slice with the basil leaves and cracked pepper, to taste.


  • I’ve never had sweet bruschetta before – looks delicious!

  • This sounds perfect! Love it.

  • Love this idea!

  • The combo of strawberries, goat cheese, and balsamic can’t be beat!

  • Gorgeous! They sound as good as they look – just perfect for the hot days most of us are experiencing right now.

  • Mm, that looks really good. I love the strawberries and basil, what a yummy combo :D

  • This looks so simple, yet I’ve never thought to make something like this before. Thank you so much for the inspiration, this looks perfect for a summertime dinner party!

  • i’ve been wanting to make a fruit bruschetta for quite some time. this looks delicious!

  • This sounds and look sooo good!

  • my mouth is WATERING! YUM!

  • Amibeth

    Bruchetta is one of my favorites and this is a must try!

  • Hannah Herring

    This looks delicious! Is there another cheese you would recommend? I have an irrational aversion to goat cheese, but I would love to try this. I know my book club would love this recipe.

  • Annie

    I have a hard time thinking of something similar. Maybe mascarpone? I don’t know though, it isn’t quite as savory.

  • Oh yum! I love strawberries in any form! Reminds me of my strawberry and cucumber tea sandwiches I posted some time ago!

  • This sounds absolutely wonderful. I love tne flavor combination of balsamic, strawberries and basil!

  • This looks delicious, and I even have all those ingredients on hand! In fact, I *even* have a strawberry balsamic vinegar that I think would be divine on top of this!

  • My mouth is ALREADY watering thinking of this combo! Good good call. I’m a teensie bit bummed I missed the giveaway, but this took away the sting ;)

  • These look sooo pretty and yummy!

  • Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are such a great combination. These look delicious!

  • What a great idea! And I love color in food! 2 favorites things goat cheese and strawberries ? what could be better! :)

  • What a great idea! 2 of my favorites, goat cheese and strawberries! what could be better! :)

  • chocaholic

    i saw this recipe on your blog yesterday and as i went shopping today… i couldn’t resist but buy all the ingredients (what a nice excuse to finally go for one of those relatively expensive creamy balsamic vinegars) and surprised my family with it.
    soooo delicious! everyone loved it * including me * and this will definitely not be the last time i served this!
    thank you for sharing*

  • This sounds absolutely delicious. I am so having this SOON! What a perfect combination! Yet, it would’ve never occurred to me. Thanks for that, Annie!

  • Strawberry Bruschetta…what a great idea! I can’t wait to try your recipe out!

  • This bruschetta looks amazing! What a great recipe!

  • Sweet bruschetta is a wonderful idea! I agree that it would be a perfect starter for a cook out, or as another commenter suggested, light fare for a book club.

  • Oh my gosh, this look amazing! What a simple but wonderful idea.

  • oh yes! This looks very delicious and I will for sure try this. In fact, I just bought strawberries today! Thanks for posting this!

  • What a lovely combination for a summer bruschetta – perfect for entertaining or a simple light lunch!

  • This is my first visit to your blog and it’s gorgeous!

    I love this recipe and plan on giving it a try this weekend!

  • Great idea! i love nothing more than strawberries and goat cheese together!. We’re hosting an online seasonal potluck and June is strawberry month! If you’d like to link your recipe, we’d love to have you!

  • Mm love this take on bruschetta! So summery and fresh!

  • Stawberry Bruschetta – Very Fresh Bruschetta!
    Great Idea! :)
    Congratz for the top 9 on Foodbuzz ;)

  • This sounds like the perfect dessert!

  • Jacquelyn Loupis

    I used ricotta for this recipe and it turned out great! :)

  • I am excited to give this a try. I love goat cheese and any excuse I can to use it!

  • Rachel

    Yumm!! I made this last night when I had a few friends over for dinner, delicious!!! The mix of the cheese and the strawberries was fantastic! Thanks!

  • Lindsay

    I love goat cheese, but my kids turn their noses up at it. I substituted cream cheese mixed with a little bit of the basil(knowing my youngest would pick it off the top), and they gobbled them right up. They tasted delish both ways!

  • Made this tonight for book club. Rave reviews. I added mint with the basil, omitted the olive oil and pepper and used a balsamic syrup. A delightful dish that bridges the sweet and savoury :)

  • That’s beautiful and I have a strong suspicion it will taste good too.

  • Stacy

    You just leave the bead soft? No toasting?

  • annieseats

    You can do what you prefer.

  • I’ve also made this tapas, we had it for the first time in San Sebastian and it was so memorable!


    “strangely delicious!” is what my husband said after trying

  • This photograph is amazing. Makes it look like you want to bite right into it!

  • Amy Januszewski

    I just made this tonight, and it was FAN-TAS-TIC! We used marscapone cheese instead of goat because I had some on hand and trust me when I tell you it was so good! Thanks for the wonderful recipe! This one goes in the book for keeps!

  • Strephking

    do you toast the baguette?

  • Rachel Higgs

    I made these for a dinner party, and they were a big hit!! I will definitely be making them again

  • annieseats


  • Sounds perfect for a day like today. I posted your link on our facebook page. Great idea and gorgeous photo, thank you!

  • Shannon

    Absolutely delicious!! A keeper!

  • Littlemagnoliakitchen

    This just looks wonderful! Cant wait to try it!!

  • Jamie

    Made this last night for the first time and LOVED it! Was a huge hit :)

  • Ezag1

    Made this for the family and it disappeared!!! So so good. Thank you for sharing!

  • Valerie

    I made this with vegan cream cheese and one of those tubes of basil from the produce isle (they were out of fresh). Still soooo yummy!

  • Lore

    it looks fantastic, i will do it for a Christmas dinner

  • This looks SO yummy. I have a dark chocolate balsamic vinegar that might add even more deliciousness to it – I will have to give it a try!!

  • Oh Annie, why did you have to feature this as a favorite! I knew it was a bad idea to visit your site just after completing the menu and grocery list for the week. It looks like Tuesday night is getting a bump ;) These look fabulous!

  • Zoe

    Yep this is delicious! Definitely inspired to make the Strawberry Balsamic Cupcakes and pizza now! What a nice combo!

  • MsBobb1

    I made this dish last night for a Scandal (TV Show ) premier party. My guest LOVED it. it is now my go to appetizer!

  • Rosanna Mieles

    Made this for Easter and it disappeared. I was on here looking it up again so I can make it to bring to my ladies night out tonight. Perfect for summer! Thanks for the recipe.