Swiss Chard and Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

This colorful twist on bruschetta makes a fresh, simple summer appetizer.

Use a variety of tomatoes—red, orange, yellow, purple—for the prettiest presentation. And if you can’t find colors, ripe red tomatoes are just as delicious. For a wheat-free option, use gluten-free baguette or bread, and skip the cheese to make it vegan. Save the chard stems; you can brush them with olive oil and toss on the grill till crispy for a fun side.



  • 1 bunch Swiss chard 
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, plus additional for brushing baguette
  • 3 large garlic cloves, finely minced 
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped basil leaves
  • One small whole-grain baguette, or one-half large baguette
  • Shaved Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese (optional)


1. Remove stems from chard and save for later use. Chop leaves into small pieces. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add chard leaves and sauté for 3–4 minutes, until just softened. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Stir in tomatoes, basil, and remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and let stand at room temperature while bread is grilling.

2. Preheat grill. Using a sharp bread knife, slice baguette on the diagonal into half- inch thick slices (about 12 slices). Arrange slices on a large baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil. Place slices on hot grill and cook for 2–4 minutes, until toasted on one side.

3. Arrange baguette slices on a large serving platter. Using a slotted spoon to drain off any excess liquid, place a heaping spoonful of bruschetta mixture on top of each slice. Top with shaved cheese, if desired, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2 bruschettas
  • Calories 80
  • Carbohydrate Content 8 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 5 g
  • Fiber Content 1 g
  • Protein Content 2 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content 70 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g