Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta

strawberry goat cheese bruschetta

Do NOT adjust your computer screen. That really IS strawberry & basil you see on a crostini. This bruschetta is a riff on the oh-so-fab Caprese salad, except we substitute fresh mozzarella with GOAT CHEESE and tomatoes with STRAWBERRIES! And what do we get?? Crazy deliciousness! The strawberries are mixed with a little bit of balsamic vinegar, which brings out their underlying tang & sweetness. Shreds of basil provide some greenery and a hint of sophistication!  And the goat's just pure decadence.

strawberry goat cheese bruschetta

If you bring these bruschette to a party this will happen:

1. people will scratch their heads.

2. they'll eat a few.

3. guests will fight over the last one!

I like to call them The Unusual Suspects. No one suspects how good they are, and then they're all gone.

And we're off!

Gather your ingredients. Cut your bread.


Chop up the strawberries and put a little balsamic in them. Stir. Let sit.

strawberries & balsamic

Brush or dunk both sides of the bread slices with olive oil.

dip dip

Grill each side for about 3-4 minutes until nicely browned.

grill grill

Get your bruschetta making station together.


Top each crostini with goat cheese & basil.

hello basil!

And then add a spoonful of strawberries on each one. Sprinkle with salt.

hello strawberries

Line them all up on a plate.

strawberry goat cheese bruschetta

And watch them disappear....

strawberry goat cheese bruschetta


Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta

makes about 25-30 bruschette

(a Shutterbean original recipe)

  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled & quartered
  • 1 log goat cheese (about 8 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 5-6 basil leaves, shredded
  • 25-30 crostini (see below)
  • kosher salt

Put cut strawberries in a bowl with balsamic vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes. Spread 1 tablespoon of goat cheese on each crostini, top with a few basil shreds and then place a spoonful of strawberries on top. Sprinkle salt on top of the crostini & serve.


Makes 20-25 small toasts (depending how thin you cut the bread)

  • 1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 350°F.

Put bread slices in a large shallow baking pan and brush slices with oil on both sides. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then bake until pale golden, about 10-15 minutes. If you are grilling the crostini, heat over medium high heat and grill each side for 3-4 minutes.

***Shutterbean Notes***

-You can get anywhere between 18-25 slices out of a baguette depending how thick you cut the slices!

-You might have to cut the strawberries extra small. This depends on the diameter of your baguette.

-Don't forget to sprinkle with salt at the very end. It's soo good!

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  • May 24, 2011

    Yum! I think strawberries and goat cheese are the best combo.

  • Beth
    May 24, 2011

    Hi!, I love reading your blog, always that am reading I want to taste my monitor hehehehe

    Greeting from México

    • May 24, 2011

      i bet your monitor doesn't taste very good. Greetings from California!

  • May 24, 2011

    i just went strawberry picking and i'm in desperate need (yes, i am highly dramatic) of a way to use these berries up. they're glorious.

    • May 24, 2011

      hi! i want to go strawberry picking!

  • May 24, 2011

    one of my favorite snacks is cream cheese and strawberries on crostini, this takes that to a whole new level! i'm excited to try this out. plus, doesn't everything taste better on a toasty piece of bread?

    • May 24, 2011

      yum yum yum. try banana, cream cheese & honey on a graham cracker. It's killer.

  • May 24, 2011

    These look amazing! Im drooling all over my keyboard

  • Shawna Greenway
    May 24, 2011

    JUST in time for my Memorial Day BBQ but I swear, girl, you are KILLING my diet with all this fab food you've posted lately!

    • May 24, 2011

      Eat some!! Just use moderation!!!

  • May 24, 2011

    Whoa, I like the idea of a sweet-style bruschetta...especially with goat cheese, which I love. This seems like just the type of thing to bring to a party and wow everyone around you. Beautiful colors, too. :) Thanks for sharing!

    • May 24, 2011

      yes. do it. bring it to a party!!!!

  • May 24, 2011

    Mmmm so tasty looking! Love this.

  • May 24, 2011

    Hey, just wanted to say I love your podcasts with Joy!

    Also, I'm currently obsessing over goat cheese. Like right now I am eating goat cheese and peso macaroni and cheese, but I really wanted to share this little bit that I used for a tea party sandwich, which is:

    goat cheese mixed with blueberry preserves, spread across your favorite soft bread and topped with micro greens. Yum!

    I hope you try it, it's so delicious and pretty to look at:

    • May 24, 2011

      goat cheese is awesome! how did I ever not like it?

      yum! i did something similar with a cherry star anise jam and some thyme on crostini! It was ah-mazing!

  • May 24, 2011

    Bruschettas are one of my all time favorite things.. Hell give me a fresh baguette and cheese and I'll be happy. I've never tried a strawberry one. I can't imagine it NOT being delicious.

    • May 24, 2011

      seriously! what is it about bread?

  • May 24, 2011

    Love the idea of strawberries, goats cheese and basil:)

  • Sacha
    May 24, 2011

    Yum! We've been doing a strawberry balsamic salad here the past week. We found a dark chocolate flavored balsamic vinegar here in Portland at Benessere that takes anything with Strawberries in it to 11!

  • Girlllll- WOW! What a fun app for summer. I'm make'n those the next time I have friends over. :)

  • May 25, 2011

    If someone made this, I would totally try a piece. I'm making myself try goat cheese 10 times this year in an effort to try to like it (think I'm up to 5 with only one success: a mild herby one). The other toppings sound brilliant!

    • May 25, 2011

      There's TOTALLY hope. I remember hating goat cheese when I was younger. HATING it. I didn't understand why my mom and brother were so gaga over it. Somehow I grew to like it! Maybe you should focus on the creaminess and try ignoring the tang? I think the strawberries would help!

      • May 28, 2011

        Yesterday one of my friends said she should make a series of gifs of my face while trying different cheeses. Goat cheese would definitely be the most amusing. That's a good tip...I'll try to focus next time!

        • May 30, 2011

          listen to your friend. then send me that animated gif.

  • May 26, 2011

    This looks so delicious !
    I was already addicted to your strawberry goat cheese salad but once I will have tasted those bruschettas I don't think I'll ever see strawberries as dessert again !

  • Oh, my word is this just not to die for I'll happily for go the poundage worry just to try this taste treat : )

  • I've done something very similar but we make them outside on the grill in the summer; adds one more dimension I love. I sprinkle mine with a bit of toasted walnuts. And the truth is...not unlike quiche...real men like them too!

  • Anna
    June 5, 2011

    Hi there ! :) you have an Italian visitor!! I'm Anna, and I attend the last year of culinary school here in Italy and some of your things are just really really really cute!! My mother is american so i can understand and visit this site quiet offen.
    Very Original .. and very very nice :)

    write you soon,



    • June 6, 2011


      Tell me what you are learning in school! I want details!



      • Anna
        June 20, 2011

        ahah :) well i have to take an exam cuz i'm graduating..but they teach you everything you need to learn on food and the better way to make it as professional as possible. The last thing i've studied was marketing,but if you have questions just ask! write you soon ;)

  • Andi
    June 27, 2011

    Me and about 35 of my friends had a cook off/bake off party over the weekend and these were a huge hit!
    Even though I would technically call them an appetizer they won best side! (THANK YOU!) and 2 trays of them only last about a minute and a half if that.
    They were so so easy to make! Love it!

  • Katelyn
    August 6, 2011

    Made these MULTIPLE times now, emailed the link to friends and family... always a HUGE hit! I use strawberry balsamic too, which I love. Thanks for the great recipe.

  • December 28, 2011

    Hi Tracy! I found your blog via Joy the Baker. Love you both!
    I made this recipe for my family for Christmas Eve and everyone loved and raved about it! Check out my blog for pictures!

  • April 21, 2012

    Holy yes! All my favorite favorite flavors. I would eat a whole tray of these.

  • June 14, 2012

    After eating this for lunch for the sixth time, I should probably swing by and tell you that this is amazing, you are a genius for putting these things together, and I can't imagine a better use for strawberries. Brilliant.

  • Cathy
    July 5, 2012

    Amazing! They are so morish. Im a fan shutterbean :)

  • June 24, 2013

    tasty, tasty! thanks for sharing these again.

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