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Bruschetta Pasta Salad

June 27, 2021 (Last Updated: July 28, 2023)

Bruschetta Pasta Salad is the perfect light and fresh summer pasta side dish you must try! Made by combining fresh bruschetta with spaghetti pasta this recipe uses the freshest ingredients, is one of the easiest to make and comes together in no time. Recipe is vegan and vegetarian friendly, and includes a step-by-step recipe video.

Bruschetta Pasta with Balsamic Drizzle in Large Skillet

Bruschetta Pasta Salad is the perfect light and fresh summer pasta side dish you must try! Made by combining fresh bruschetta with spaghetti pasta this recipe uses the freshest ingredients, is one of the easiest to make and comes together in no time. Recipe is vegan and vegetarian friendly, and includes a step-by-step recipe video.

Interested in more pasta salad recipes? You definitely need to check out this Pesto Orzo Salad or this Orzo Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Feta! Lastly, if you’re a fan of this recipe you absolutely need to try the appetizer version, Tomato Basil Bruschetta Bites and the chicken version, Bruschetta Chicken Recipe.

brushetta pasta salad on plate.

Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Pasta is my thing. Salads are also my thing. Therefore, this mashup recipe of the two is definitely up my alley! The combination of al dente spaghetti pasta with the fresh bruschetta, makes for a tremendously delicious, light, fresh and satisfying meal.

This summertime or all-year-round Bruschetta Pasta Salad is one you must try! Especially when the heat is kicking up and the sun is out, it calls for all the light, fresh and delicious recipes! This summer time staple pasta salad is a must try and is made by combining fresh bruschetta with spaghetti pasta and a heaping drizzle of Balsamic glaze – simple, simple! 

You’ll Love This Bruschetta Pasta Recipe! Here’s Why…

  • Ready in 30 Minutes – it’s a quick and easy busy weeknight recipe the family will love – ready in just 30 minutes.
  • Plant Based Recipe – calling all vegans and vegetarians, this recipe is for you as well!
  • Add Protein – you can easily add protein such as grilled chicken or steak, sliced Italian sausage and even grilled shrimp will do well.
  • Add Cheese – try adding burrata, parmesan, feta or your whatever your favourite cheese is to elevate this dish.
bruschetta pasta salad with balsamic reduction.

What is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta (pronounced brew-SKET-uh, not brew-SHET-uh) is slices of toast with various toppings, most commonly fresh tomatoes dressed with garlic, basil, olive oil, and salt.

Where Did Bruschetta Originate?

Without doubt, Bruschetta is one of Italy’s most popular and notable appetizers. Although not confirmed, it’s origins is said to be located in an area between two regions, Tuscany and Lazio, Italy.

What is the Difference Between Bruschetta and Caprese Salad?

Caprese salad can easily be confused with bruschetta in which call for very similar fresh ingredients – tomatoes and basil. However, a caprese salad is served with fresh slices of mozzarella along with a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and fresh cracked black pepper.

pasta bruschetta salad.

What is Balsamic Vinegar Glaze (Reduction)

Balsamic Glaze is essentially a reduction of balsamic vinegar. It’s when balsamic vinegar is simmered in a saucepan with brown sugar for around 12 to 15 minutes or until it’s reduced in half and has the consistency of maple syrup or honey.

Is Balsamic Glaze the Same As Balsamic Vinegar?

Essentially, yes as the main ingredient in balsamic glaze is balsamic vinegar. However the difference is in its consistency. Balsamic vinegar is simmered with brown sugar until the consistency resembles that of maple syrup, known as balsamic glaze or reduction.

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overhead view of all bruschetta pasta salad ingredients.

What You Need to Make Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Sharp Chef Knife: this makes the prep work of chopping the fresh ingredients much easier. However, use whatever knife you are most comfortable with, just ensure its sharp.

Cutting Board: this is an essential in the kitchen and used for preparing ingredients.

Ingredients and Ingredient Notes

Vine Ripen Tomatoes – you’ll want to use the freshest, ripest, most juicy tomatoes in any variety that you can find. Vine ripen roma and grape tomatoes tend to be a great choice.
Red Onion – use this sparingly as too much with the combination of the garlic can lend a very overpowering taste. However, using the recommended amount adds a great layer of flavour!
Fresh Basil – definitely fresh, not dried or dehydrated; the flavour is incomparable in this recipe.
Garlic – I recommend using minced garlic, not chopped as it yields a much more intense flavour.
Dried Oregano – use this dried herb to help pull the flavour combo together.
Fine Sea Salt – helps all the ingredients meld together. Feel free to use regular table salt or whatever you have on hand alternatively.
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper – this add a little kick to the recipe for added flavour along with the salt.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – you can use regular olive if that is what you have on hand, however my preference is extra virgin.
Cheese – this is optional, however my preference is to use fresh burrata, parmesan, feta or goat cheese.
Balsamic Glaze – also known as balsamic reduction is an essential ingredient for that authentic bruschetta taste.
Spaghetti Pasta – use this variety of pasta or your preferred pasta of choice.

How to Make Fresh Homemade Bruschetta

1. Dice Tomatoes and Onions – chop tomatoes and red onion to an equal size and set aside in a medium sized bowl.

2. Add Herbs and Spices – add fresh basil, minced garlic, oregano, salt, black pepper, and olive oil to the chopped tomatoes and red onions.

3. Mix and Allow to Marinate – mix all ingredients together until well combined, then set bruschetta aside to allow the flavours to meld.

How to Make Bruschetta Pasta Salad

1. Cook Pasta – bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions or until al dente.

2. Make the Bruschetta – dice tomatoes and onion, set aside in a medium bowl. Add fresh basil, minced garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and 3 tbsp olive oil to the serving bowl. Stir to combine, set mixture aside to marinate for 10 to 15 minutes or until pasta has boiled.

  1. Combine Pasta and Bruschetta – when the pasta has finished cooking to al dente, drain, drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and transfer to a large heatproof serving bowl or skillet. Add bruschetta to the pasta and toss together until well combined; season to taste if needed.
  2. Drizzle and Garnish – drizzle balsamic glaze, top with extra basil, cheese (optional), and black pepper if desired and serve.

How to Make Your Own Balsamic Glaze (Reduction)

  1. Combine 2 cups of a good quality balsamic vinegar with 1/2 cup brown sugar or honey (optional).
  2. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to keep at a simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until reduced by half and lightly coats the back of a spoon!

Notes for Balsamic Glaze

  • Time will vary depending on whether you use the brown sugar/honey (more time without…less time with).
  • The glaze will thicken slightly as it cools.

See My Story Below for Step-by-Step Instructions

Recipe Variations and Substitutions

This recipe has endless variations and substitutions that you can opt for to either elevate or simply change up this pasta salad. Some of my favourite ways to do this are by adding or substituting:

  • Grilled or Roasted Chicken – this is what you’ll call a Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Salad.
  • Cheese – such as fresh burrata, parmesan, feta, goat, or mozzarella cheese balls (bocconcini).
  • Veggies – roasted or grilled veggies are a great choice, such as red peppers, mushrooms or eggplants.

Recipe Notes and Tips for Success

This Bruschetta Pasta is super easy to make, super fresh, flavourful, and absolutely delicious but here are some tips to help guide you:

  • Switch up the Pasta, use the pasta of your choice i.e. penne, farfalle, linguine, spaghetti etc. for this recipe, and cook according to package directions or until al dente.
  • Allow your Bruschetta mixture to Marinate, this helps the flavours meld. Mix your chopped tomatoes, olive oil, basil and seasoning, then let the entire mixture rest for at least 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • Add Protein, serve as a light and fresh vegetarian or vegan meal on its own, or add grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp for added protein.
  • Add Cheese, try fresh parmesan, crumbled feta, goat cheese or burrata
pasta bruschetta salad.

Can I Make this Ahead of Time? 

This pasta salad is best enjoyed the day of or a few hours after making as the noodles will absorb all the juices from the bruschetta. If you do want to make it ahead of time, I would suggest keeping the pasta and the bruschetta separate until ready to serve.

What to Serve with Bruschetta Salad?

Try serving this pasta salad with the following simple sides:

  • Garlic Bread
  • Grilled Vegetable Salad
  • Wine and Cheese
  • Baked Fish
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Toasted Rustic Bread

How Should I Store My Bruschetta Pasta Salad?

Although this recipe is best served fresh, if you have leftovers, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The pasta will soak up much of the juices of the bruschetta, so my recommendation is to make a fresh batch of bruschetta to toss in right before you serve it.

I do not recommend freezing this recipe for later consumption.

pasta salad with bruschetta.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I use another type of pasta?

Absolutely! Choose whatever pasta variety you prefer or have on hand – it will still be amazing!

What if I can’t find balsamic glaze?

Make it yourself at home by combining 2 cups of a good quality balsamic vinegar with 1/2 cup brown sugar or honey (optional). Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to keep at a simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until reduced by half and lightly coats the back of a spoon! 

What additions or substitutions can I make?

Add grilled or roasted chicken or cheese such as fresh burrata, parmesan, feta, goat, or mozzarella cheese balls (bocconcini). Additionally add roasted or grilled veggies such as red peppers, mushrooms or eggplants.

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Bruschetta Pasta with Balsamic Drizzle

Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Taneisha Morris
Bruschetta Pasta Salad is the perfect light and fresh summer pasta side dish you must try! Made by combining fresh bruschetta with spaghetti pasta this recipe uses the freshest ingredients, is one of the easiest to make and comes together in no time. Recipe is vegan and vegetarian friendly, and includes a step-by-step recipe video.
4.41 from 69 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dishes & Entrees, Noodles & Pasta, Quick, Easy & Under 30, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 494 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Vine Ripen Tomatoes or any variety, diced
  • 1/2 small Red Onion diced
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Basil chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 Clove Garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Fine Sea Salt more or less to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 5 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil divided
  • Parmesan Cheese Burrata, Crumbled Feta or Goat Cheese, as desired, optional
  • 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar Glaze as desired
  • 500 g Spaghetti Pasta or pasta of choice

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta (500g) and cook according to package directions or until al dente.
  • In the meantime, make the bruschetta. Dice tomatoes and onion, set aside in a medium bowl. Add fresh basil, minced garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and 3 tbsp olive oil to the serving bowl. Stir to combine, set mixture aside to marinate for 10 to 15 minutes or until pasta has boiled.
  • When the pasta has finished cooking to al dente, drain, drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and transfer to a large heatproof serving bowl or skillet. Add bruschetta to the pasta and toss together until well combined; season to taste if needed. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, top with extra basil, cheese (optional), and black pepper if desired and serve immediately!

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Recipe Notes

Make Your Own Balsamic Glaze – combine 2 cups of a good quality balsamic vinegar with 1/2 cup brown sugar or honey (optional). Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to keep at a simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until reduced by half and lightly coats the back of a spoon! Time will vary depending on whether you use the brown sugar/honey (more time without…less time with).
See additional notes section above, for more tips.

Nutrition

Calories: 494kcalCarbohydrates: 100gProtein: 18gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 160mgPotassium: 601mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1083IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg

Note, the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.

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  • Ginger Kowski
    August 28, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Just wondering about the balsamic vinegar glaze. Is there a recipe? Thanks, Ginger

    • Taneisha Morris
      January 9, 2022 at 11:30 pm

      Hi Ginger, I don’t have a published balsamic vinegar glaze recipe on the site just yet however, I will be posting one shortly and updating the post with a link to it. In the meantime I do 1 cup of a good quality balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup brown sugar or honey (optional). I then bring to a low boil and reduce heat to keep at a simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until reduced by half and lightly coats the back of a spoon! Time will vary depending on whether you use the brown sugar/honey (more time without…less time with).

  • Denis
    December 6, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Yes! My experiments with spaghetti have shown that only fresh vegetables go to them. In my salad there were only red onions and tomatoes and black pepper and olive oil and vinegar was table vinegar – your recipe is improved, we think on the same wavelength. I am from Russia, the city of Vladimir, I am gray (white)

    • Taneisha Morris
      July 14, 2022 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Denis from Russia! Thanks so much for the comment and stopping by my online kitchen! I totally agree with you, so yummy and delicious!

  • Lori Shannon
    June 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    4 stars
    Made this tonight and added diced chicken breast. My husband really liked it. We will definitely be making this again.

    • Taneisha Morris
      June 27, 2022 at 11:30 am

      Woohoo!! I love hearing feedback like this!! It’s such a good recipe and the addition of the chicken was a great choice!! Thanks Lori!!

  • Patricia
    July 14, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    5 stars
    AMAZING! The family loved it, had to come back to say thank you and let other know this recipe slaps!

    • Taneisha Morris
      July 14, 2022 at 9:47 pm

      I’m thrilled! So happy your family enjoyed and that the recipes SLAPS!! Love it, thanks so much!!

  • Charlotte white
    July 17, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Hi, can I make this all ahead of time and keep it in the fridge till supper time? Thanks

    • Taneisha Morris
      July 17, 2022 at 5:48 pm

      Hi Charlotte! You definitely can prep the pasta and the bruschetta and store them separately in the fridge. Then when ready to serve toss them together – this will be the best way to avoid the pasta from soaking up all the delicious juices! Enjoy!

  • Akira
    July 19, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    5 stars
    So fast. So easy. So good! Definitely adding this to our family favs!!!

    • Taneisha Morris
      July 22, 2022 at 11:03 pm

      Yay! I love when the whole family enjoys, makes an easy recipe even easier!! Love to hear it! Thanks so much Akira!!

  • Lilly
    July 27, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    5 stars
    I love a quick 30-minute meal and this was just that! It was quick and easy, and I LOVED the flavor. I followed your instructions exactly and it came out delish. My family and I enjoyed it.

  • Marta
    July 31, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    5 stars
    I made this brushcetta pasta salad for a ladies day brunch and the women at the party were so in love with it. I’ll definitely be making this more often.

  • Camille
    July 31, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    5 stars
    This is fast, easy, and tasty I will be making it again next week. My daughter loves it too. Thank you so much!

  • Robin Sparks
    July 31, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    5 stars
    Bruschetta has long been one of my favorite appetizers, so I knew I had to try your pasta. It was honestly everything I expected and more!

  • Kaluhi
    August 1, 2022 at 2:21 am

    5 stars
    This was fresh, filling and super delicious!! I love anything that leverages on the tomato + basil combo and this salad was without doubt glorious to have!! Thanks for sharing

  • Jessica
    August 1, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    5 stars
    My neighbor gave me a bunch of garden fresh tomatoes so i decided to try this past. SO GOOD! It was fresh, flavorful and I just loved having a pasta salad made with spaghetti. This is now one of my favorite summer recipes.

  • Britney
    August 2, 2022 at 7:20 am

    5 stars
    This recipe was fantastic! I had it with a side of garlic bread and my entire family devoured every bit! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Taneisha Morris
      August 2, 2022 at 7:43 am

      That’s a perfect side option!! So happy you all enjoyed!!

  • Jazz
    August 3, 2022 at 11:41 am

    5 stars
    This is such a refreshing take on pasta salad. I took it to a get-together at my brother’s house last weekend and everyone raved about it. Thank you!

  • Tamara
    August 3, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    5 stars
    This is one of the most delicious pasta salads I have ever made! I’m definitely going to be making this for every single cookout going forward!

  • Yolande Landry
    September 14, 2022 at 3:59 am

    Made this for supper. Mmmmmm. It was delicious. My girlfriends are coming over this week for dinner. Definitely making this. Thank you so much.

    • Taneisha Morris
      September 20, 2022 at 9:24 pm

      This is amazing! So thrilled you enjoyed – have an amazing time with the girlfriends enjoying one of my favourite dishes!!

  • Michelle
    April 9, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing! I made for Easter dinner side dish with feta. Really good! I served warm straight after pasta was cooked, but im wondering if this would be good cold too? Meaning if i separate the pasta and Brushetta mix in the fridge, then combine when ready to serve from fridge?

    • Taneisha Morris
      April 25, 2023 at 7:14 pm

      Oh absolutely Michelle! This would be perfect. I always go between serving the cold and hot version!

  • Sharon Sibinich
    May 4, 2023 at 10:34 pm

    5 stars
    I added shrimp for protein, absolutely delicious. Will definitely make it again. ♥️

    • Taneisha Morris
      May 17, 2023 at 10:13 pm

      Adding protein is always a great idea with this recipe!! So happy to hear this feedback!

  • Tiffany
    November 7, 2023 at 9:49 am

    5 stars
    I love bruschetta! I have made it before but I am excited to use this in pasta with the glaze. It is fall and I am going to sautee some bacon and mushrooms to make it heartier and serve it warm with fresh grated cheese (some kind of romano). There are so many variations to make this a winning meal!

    • Taneisha Morris
      November 10, 2023 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Tiffany! Absolutelyy I agree!! I hope you enjoy!!

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