I grew up every summer growing tomatoes and basil in my backyard. My family made so many things with these staple ingredients from pesto to tomato soup. But our favorite treat to make on those long summer nights was bruschetta. Fresh basil, juicy tomatoes, and crispy fresh baguette. Usually made with mozzarella, my plant-based family would substitute the fatty, creamy cheese with something equally as decadent; a creamy sauce made, albeit slightly differently every time, by my dad. Now with access to my own garden I have been trying to replicate those childhood summer nights.
- 1 baguette (preferably fresh or from the farmers market!)
- 3 tbsp olive oil 1
- 1 heirloom tomator (the best quality you can find)
- 1/4 cup vegan mayo (I use follow Your Heart)
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 10-20 basil leaves
- To taste Salt and Pepper
- Turn your oven to high broil (or 400 degrees if no broil function).
- Cut the baguette into ½ inch slices.
- Coat each baguette slice in olive oil ( you can use a pastry brush or drizzle it on), and sprinkle garlic powder over the top.
- Put in the oven under the broiler until golden brown, check frequently to make sure they don’t burn (every broiler has a different intensity).
- Mix vegan mayo, tahini, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt together in a small bowl.
- Cut tomato into ¼ inch thick slices
- Assemble bruschetta by spreading about a teaspoon of the mayo mixture on each baguette slice, then add the tomato slice. Top with 1-2 leaves of basil and enjoy!
Nina Lowry is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley in her last year studying Molecular Environmental Biology with a focus in Animal Health and Behavior and minoring in Conservation and Resource Studies. She has been vegan for 2 years and grew up mostly plant-based. She is passionate about animal rights, animal behavior, and sustainability. She has a rescued brown tabby named Iggy who is her pride and joy and is talented at learning new tricks and walking on a leash! She has rescued many animals from lab guinea pigs to dairy calves and hopes to participate in many more. She enjoys ceramics, photography, camping, traveling, and working with her hands to craft and create!