Tomato Basil Bruschetta is such a classic Italian appetizer, and something everyone should make when tomatoes are at their peak. This version is completely authentic with just tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and a little bit of salt and pepper to season the tomatoes. It's served with crusty Italian bread, and that's it.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use a sharp knife to cut bread into 3/4-inch slices. Cut in half so each piece is about 3-4 inches long. Using a pastry brush, brush bread with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. It doesn't need to be saturated in oil, just damp enough for the salt and pepper to ahere. Season with salt and pepper. Line up on baking sheet. Toast unitl LIGHTLY toasted, about 4-5 minutes. Cool completely.
While the bread toasts, add tomatoes, garlic, salt, basil, and remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil to a small bowl. Mix to combine. Let sit for about 15 minutes.
Serve toasted bread with bruschetta topping.