Avocado, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini

I’m the appetizer, snack bites, small bites, and tapas queen.

And these little toasts have so many favorites. All in two quick bites.

Avocado, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini - Like bruschetta, but with avocado & who can say no to avocado and cheese! A fast & easy appetizer everyone loves & ready in 15 minutes!

I’ve always loved a smorgasboard of choices because usually after a few bites, my attention fades and I’m ready to try something else.

In restaurants, I’d rather order a few appetizers rather than one entree. That way my risk is spread out in case I end up with a dud.

Avocado, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini - Like bruschetta, but with avocado & who can say no to avocado and cheese! A fast & easy appetizer everyone loves & ready in 15 minutes!

And this is just the kind of appetizer I go for. Simple, satisfying, and ready in less than 15 minutes. It’s like bruschetta, but with avocado and mozzarella. And everything is better with avocado and cheese.

So when I found myself with ripe tomatoes and avocados, rather than making (another) salad, I baked them onto sliced French bread, drizzled with olive oil, and topped with mozzarella and fresh basil.

Avocado, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini - Like bruschetta, but with avocado & who can say no to avocado and cheese! A fast & easy appetizer everyone loves & ready in 15 minutes!

The bread is lightly toasted and picks up the subtle flavor of the olive oil and it’s the perfect sturdy and slightly crunchy base.

The creaminess from the avocado, the gooey cheese, and the juicy tomatoes are such a great combo, and the basil compliments it all. Balsamic reduction is excellent drizzled over the top. I remembered that right after I put my camera away.

Avocado, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini - Like bruschetta, but with avocado & who can say no to avocado and cheese! A fast & easy appetizer everyone loves & ready in 15 minutes!

It’s a fast, easy, and goofproof party appetizer and everyone loves avocado. At least everyone at my parties. Just double, triple, etc. the recipe as necessary.

And for those who have a drink in one hand and can’t deal with juggling silverware and a plate in the other, there’s no need for either. Bite, bite, done.

Avocado, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini - Like bruschetta, but with avocado & who can say no to avocado and cheese! A fast & easy appetizer everyone loves & ready in 15 minutes!

Avocado, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini - Like bruschetta, but with avocado & who can say no to avocado and cheese! A fast & easy appetizer everyone loves & ready in 15 minutes!

Avocado, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini - Like bruschetta, but with avocado & who can say no to avocado and cheese! A fast & easy appetizer everyone loves & ready in 15 minutes!

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Avocado, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini (vegetarian)

Such a simple appetizer, but a very satisfying one, and ready in less than 15 minutes. It's like bruschetta, but with avocado and mozzarella. The bread is lightly toasted and picks up the subtle flavor of the olive oil and it's the perfect sturdy and slightly crunchy base. The creaminess from the avocado, the gooey cheese, and the juicy tomatoes are such a great combo, and the basil compliments it all. Balsamic reduction is excellent drizzled over the top. It's a fast, easy, and goofproof party appetizer. Double, triple, etc. as needed.

Yield: 8 small crostini, double/triple recipe as necessary

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: about 8 minutes oven, 1-2 minutes broiler

Total Time: about 12 minutes

Ingredients:

8 slices French bread, about 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick (I used fresh French bread, day-old ok)
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, drizzled
1 medium ripe Hass avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced small
1 medium ripe tomato, diced small (I used an unpeeled Roma)
about 1/2 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
salt and black pepper, to taste
chiffonade about 10 fresh basil leaves, for garnishing
balsamic reduction, optional for drizzling

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place bread on tray, and evenly drizzle slices with olive oil.
  3. Bake for about 7 to 8 minutes, or until bread is very lightly toasted or as golden as preferred. Ovens and bread vary, keep a close eye so it doesn't burn.
  4. While bread is toasting, dice the avocado and tomato.
  5. Remove bread from oven.
  6. Turn oven to the broiler setting, high power. Keep the oven rack in the middle (don't move to the top racks because it's too likely to burn).
  7. Top all bread slices with about 1 1/2 tablespoons each of avocado and tomato.
  8. Top all bread slices with about 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese each.
  9. When broiler is ready, place baking sheet in oven and broil for about 1 minute, or just until cheese begins to melt. It happens fast so keep a very watchful eye on things. I keep the door ajar and peer into the oven the entire time to make sure nothing is burning.
  10. Remove from oven and evenly sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
  11. Optionally, garnish with basil and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Serve immediately. Crostini is best warm and fresh.

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45 Responses to “Avocado, Tomato, and Mozzarella Crostini”

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    Belinda@themooblushbaker — March 10, 2014 at 3:56 am

    This combination of spiky tomatoes and creamy basil must be a taste sensation. Like when you pair buffalo mozzarella as well as avos with these little bites. Nothing like too much avo when it is so taste and good for you!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — March 10, 2014 at 4:00 am

    These look fan Averie! I love little bites…especially simple one.
    Bruschetta is my fav, but I adore avocado and cheese. Sooo…this.
    Pinned

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama} — March 10, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I’m planning a party and these may need to make an appearance. I need quick and easy and these fit the bill. :) Pinned.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 10th, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Thanks for pinning & if you try them, LMK!

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    Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar — March 10, 2014 at 5:28 am

    These look awesome Averie! Such a simple appetizer for a party with everyone’s favorites! Def will remember this. Pinned! :)

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — March 10, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I can almost taste these now. Oh garden….I await your awesome arrival. Fresh tomatoes are the best when grown in the backyard.
    This looks like the perfect use of my first tomato.
    Beautiful, Averie! Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 10th, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Thanks for pinning & homegrown tomatoes are THE BEST, aren’t they!

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    Kerry @ Kerry Cooks — March 10, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Yum! These look so delicious – avocado does make everything better!

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    Finley Jayne — March 10, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Just found your site through Yummly and I’m in love :) Just signed up for the email subscription and I think I’m going to try your blueberry dutch baby pancakes later this week!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 10th, 2014 at 7:05 am

      That’s so great to hear you found me, are signed up for email, and want to try the BB Dutch Baby. GREAT! :) LMK if you try it!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — March 10, 2014 at 5:58 am

    I could eat way too many of these delicious little bites! The avocado is such a great addition!!

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    Paula — March 10, 2014 at 6:28 am

    These look like a great savory snack/appetizer (or I could supersize it and make an open faced sandwich)! Basil and balsamic reduction are the perfect finish. I think this will be my “fun Friday” recipe to try.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 10th, 2014 at 7:04 am

      I’m glad you already have your weekly lineup tentatively laid out :) I love weeks like that!

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      • Paula replied: — March 15th, 2014 at 11:30 am

        This was a nice, quick lunch today–I just sliced off a larger hunk of bread and cut it in half for my husband. I used some white balsamic for the reduction this time. Every bit as good and just lighter in color (makes such excellent salad dressing)!

        • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 15th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

          This, with your homemade white balsamic drizzle/dressing, sounds just about perfect! Glad you guys enjoyed it :)

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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — March 10, 2014 at 7:36 am

    This crostini looks amazing, Averie—Love all the bright, spring-like colors—So fresh and pretty-looking! I can’t wait to try this crostini with fresh tomatoes from our garden, come summertime!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — March 10, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Holy cow I can almost taste the freshness of this! Looks amazing Averie!

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    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — March 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Love all the colors on this crostini! Pinned!

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    Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission — March 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I am an appetizer kind of gal as well! This definitely looks amazing, Averie! It states, yay… it is almost spring!! Pinned :)

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    Beth @ bethcakes — March 10, 2014 at 9:13 am

    These little bites look so fresh and colorful! I love all the flavors you packed into these. I know I would munch on them all day long if I had whole plate full, but they probably wouldn’t last that long. :) What a perfect appetizer!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 10th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks Beth & yes they do go quickly!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — March 10, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I love making a meal out of appetizers and sides, or serving lots of small bites like this at parties. Looks delicious!

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    Mary Frances — March 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

    If you are the app queen, can I be your lady in waiting? :) I love meals made out of chips, dips, and the like. This crostini looks amazing!

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    Trish - Mom On Timeout — March 10, 2014 at 10:33 am

    These little bites are perfect for a party or would make the most amazing lunch. I love how fresh and bright they are Averie. Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 10th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks for the BHG pin! You’re the best! :)

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    Katie — March 10, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I always go mexican with my avocados, but I need to branch out, obviously.

    I am the same way when I (rarely) eat out. I am more often disappointed than not.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 10th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      I am more often disappointed than not. = SO TRUE!!! Wait forever, pay a ton of money, for something I could buy for 1/20th the price and prepare myself and enjoy way more. Jaded? No not me, never :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — March 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    You know I’m all about the avocado. But when you add bread and cheese? Seriously, best app ever!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 10th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Oh that’s right, you’re such an avo fan! Well with cheese and carbs, you can’t go wrong :) Thanks for the BHG pin too!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I could easily make a meal out of these crostini, the perfect bite!

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    Katy — March 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I’m the same, I much prefer having many different options at a restaurant, ordering smaller dishes and being able to try a more varied selection. This looks like a delicious appetizer and yes, avo and cheese go so well together!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 10th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      I mean why limit yourself to just 1 entree when you can have a smorgasboard of apps is my thinking!

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    cheri — March 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I love appetizers and tapas, the crostini look fresh and flavorful.

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    Stephanie — March 10, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I love crostinis of all kinds! I love these flavors!

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    Jayne @ Tenacious Tinkering — March 11, 2014 at 1:18 am

    This is such a quick easy bite! I need to make this soon. Easy lunch idea. :-)

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan — March 11, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Simply beautiful bites of spring!

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    anna @ annamayeveryday — March 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Looks fabulous, I adore appetisers, canapés and the like – all those different little mouthfuls of deliciousness, perfect.

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    Amy — March 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I’m like that too! I’d rather have 2 bites of everything than just one dish. Normally when my parents and I go out to eat, we’ll order 2-3 main dishes or 3-4 smaller/appetizer-sized ones and split them around the table. So much fun, and everybody wins! If only I wasn’t allergic to avocado… But I can imagine that your entire batch would disappear in about 30 seconds flat at any party!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 15, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Oh, I love it :) you can never go wrong with this combination!

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