Not your average bruschetta recipe! For a special twist, I added shrimp, avocado, and good quality basil pesto.

Bowl of Shrimp Bruschetta Recipe served with bread on the side

There are several variations of bruschetta. It can be as simple as Tuscany's version called fettunta--fresh bread, grilled and brushed with good quality olive oil. Or, the more popular tomato bruschetta with diced tomatoes and fresh herbs, garlic, and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.

Bruschetta is not meant to be complicated. But whatever you choose to throw together, bruschetta is very much about quality fresh bread.

Assembled Shrimp Bruschetta on crispy toast

Today's bruschetta recipe is a bit more substantial and festive for the holidays.  I added cooked shrimp, avocados and some basil pesto. Fresh mozzarella balls made every bite a little more creamy and satisfying! Still, this bruschetta recipe is simple and it comes together in minutes. You can serve it immediately; but for deeper flavor, cover and refrigerate for one hour before serving.

Prepared Shrimp Bruschetta with slices of bread on side to be combined

Here is the step-by-step for today's shrimp bruschetta recipe:

Place the diced tomatoes in a colander for 10 mins to drain its juices. Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients.

Diced tomatoes in a strainer

Slice the shrimp horizontally through the middle.

Shrimp being cut in half length-wise
In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, shrimp, green onions, avocado, garlic and mozzeralla. Season with salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice, 2 tablespoon olive oil, basil pesto and Parmesan. Toss gently to combine.

Ingredients for Shrimp Bruschetta arranged in a bowl before mixing

Shrimp Bruschetta Ingredients combined together in a bowl
Transfer the shrimp bruschetta into a serving bowl. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. When ready to serve, toss the bruschetta gently to freshen. Toast the bread slices and serve next to it. Enjoy!

Bowl of combined ingredients for Shrimp Bruschetta with bread on the side

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Shrimp Bruschetta Recipe | The Mediterranean Dish. Not your average bruschetta. Fresh tomatoes tossed with shrimp, avocado, green onions, garlic and a good quality basil pesto! A festive and more satisfying appetizer in minutes.

Shrimp Bruschetta Recipe


Description

Not your average bruschetta recipe! For a special twist, I added shrimp, avocado, and good quality basil pesto.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 5-6 firm Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ lb shrimp, peeled and cooked
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 8 oz baby mozzarella cheese balls, halved
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ lemon, juice of
  • olive oil
  • 3 tbsp good quality basil pesto
  • 3 tbsp grated Parmesan, more if you like
  • 1 French baguette, sliced and toasted

Instructions

  1. Place the diced tomatoes in a colander for 10 mins to drain its juices. Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients.
  2. Slice the shrimp horizontally through the middle (see the picture).
  3. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, shrimp, green onions, avocado, garlic and mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice, 2 tablespoon olive oil, basil pesto and Parmesan. Toss gently to combine.
  4. Transfer the shrimp bruschetta into a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hr. When ready to serve, toss the bruschetta gently to freshen. Toast the bread slices and serve next to it. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can serve the bruschetta immediately, but for deeper flavor, cover and refrigerate for 1 hr.If you prefer, add the avocado immediately before serving to avoid it browning.
  • Recommended for this Recipe: Our Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives!)
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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Counter Top
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Bruschetta, Shrimp Bruschetta, Shrimp Sides

Looking for more easy Mediterranean appetizers? How about this Grilled Shrimp with Roasted Garlic Cilantro Sauce or these Antipasto Skewers! 

Today's recipe is part of Food Network's weekly Fall Fest. Here are some more holiday inspirations, be sure to check them out!

Feed Me Phoebe: Butternut Squash Gratin with Gruyere and Pistachios
The Lemon Bowl: Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
Homemade Delish: Fennel and Potato Gratin
The Mom 100: Broccoli Rabe with Preserved Lemon
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Rye & Roasted Butternut Squash Dressing
Red or Green: Green Beans with Chipotle Butter
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Fail-Proof Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Lobster, Artichoke and Spinach Bake
Creative Culinary: Baked Mushrooms in a Parmesan Cream Sauce
Healthy Eats: 7 Holiday Sides That Won't Spoil Dessert
FN Dish: 5 Indulgent Side Dishes to Deck Your Holiday Table

And see more on our collaborative Pinterest Board

 

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Shrimp Bruschetta Recipe | The Mediterranean Dish. Not your average bruschetta. Fresh tomatoes tossed with shrimp, avocado, green onions, garlic and a good quality basil pesto! A festive and more satisfying appetizer in minutes.

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I'm Suzy; born and bred right on the shores of the Mediterranean. I'm all about easy, healthy recipes with big Mediterranean flavors. Three values guide my cooking: eat with the seasons; use whole foods; and above all, share! So happy you're here...
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  1. Holy Moly Suzy! This looks incredible! I am craving Spring so badly....I cannot wait to make this! Sharing on my FB page tomorrow:)

  2. This is certainly one fancied up bruschetta. I love this stuff and you've done the team proud. 🙂

  3. Lovely combination of flavors here.It was delicious, I love an explosion of flavors.very good vegetables can make a wonderful meal .