I share a lot of gluten-free recipes here at Good For You Gluten Free. While some are healthier than others, all my recipes are 100% free from gluten and free from “sick” ingredients like GMOs, preservatives, artificial dyes and colors. Today’s recipe for gluten-free bruschetta is a standout recipe for me because it signals food freedom (and it doesn’t hurt that the recipe is delicious, healthy, beautiful and easy-to-make too).
Enjoy Life invited me to participate in its Permission to Eat Freely campaign asking me to create a recipe that showcases what eating freely means to me. Enjoy Life sponsored this post and provided me with samples of its products and as well as compensation. Please see my disclosures page to understand my policy on sponsored content.
Before I share my gluten-free bruschetta recipe with you, I want to talk about what food freedom means to me:
- Food freedom means that my food will always be free from nasty stuff. It’s not easy to find food manufacturers that truly care about the allergy and gluten-free communities. When I see the Enjoy Life label, I know it’s free from gluten (Enjoy Life products are ALWAYS free from the top eight allergens – wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish) and free from artificial and “sick” ingredients. Remember, sick foods create sick people.
- Food freedom means breaking free of my reliance on eating out. So many people rarely cook and depend on take-out every night of the week. I used to be that person, so I get it and it’s an easy trap to fall into. Today, I find true freedom comes in my ability to create a healthy and delicious meal at home.
- Finally, food freedom means not always being tethered to the kitchen. Shortcuts are good. No one I know has time to tinker in the kitchen all day to make everything from scratch. Semi-homemade is just as good as long as the key ingredient, Vitamin L (love), is always added.
In other words, when I think of food freedom, I think of creating and eating dishes that promote good health, are made at home with love, and ones that don’t require a lot of fuss.
I am so excited to share this gluten-free bruschetta recipe with you because if your garden is anything like mine, basil is blooming like crazy! I need lots of recipes with basil in it – look at how much basil I have!!
I also am growing luscious red tomatoes – although they weren’t ready at the time of this post. Sprouts has the most beautiful tomatoes right now, so I found exactly what I needed to create this healthy recipe.
How to Make Gluten-Free Bruschetta
Making gluten-free flatbread bruschetta is easier than you might think – trust me!
Instead of fussing with making gluten-free bread (or settling for a store-bought bread), I took a shortcut and used Enjoy Life’s Pizza Crust baking mix. I followed the instructions on the box.
Instead of flattening the pizza on a round surface, I shaped the dough into a large rectangle and placed it on my baking sheet. I love that this flatbread is semi-homemade. I didn’t have to slave in the kitchen all day, yet I still got to play with my food.
As the pizza dough – I mean flatbread – baked in the oven (and the smell intoxicated me), I began creating the beautiful bruschetta topping by thoughtfully cutting up ripe campari tomatoes (camparis are known to be firm and not mealy like other tomato varieties), fresh garlic and basil leaves from my garden. I tossed all the ingredients together, along with some balsamic vinegar and sea salt and pepper. This ingredient list is fresh, easy and most importantly, clean!
I set aside the bruschetta topping to allow the flavors to come together. After the flatbread baked for 8-10 minutes, I removed it from the oven and allowed it time to cool before cutting it into about 15-20 small squares. I then topped each square with the tomato mixture and either a whole basil leaf:
Or fresh shredded parmesan cheese:
In one bite, you’ll understand why this recipe means food freedom to me. It’s gluten-free, it’s made with clean and fresh ingredients, it’s semi-homemade and it didn’t require me to fuss in the kitchen all day.
Ah, freedom. It feels – and tastes – oh-so-good!
Gluten-Free Flatbread Bruschetta
- 2 lbs. campari tomatoes, cut into small chunks
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 15-20 fresh basil leaves (cut half into small strips and save half for topping)
- 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- Sea salt - to taste
- Pepper - to taste
- 1 box Enjoy Life Pizza Crust
- Olive oil - for brushing crust
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Combine tomatoes, garlic, cut basil leaves, balsamic and salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gently mix, cover and set aside (the flavor will grow with time).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Grease a baking sheet, set aside.
- Prepare dough as instructed on the box.
- Using your rolling pin and on a floured surface, shape dough into a single rectangle (approx. 12" x 11") and place it on baking sheet.
- Brush dough with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Use a fork to poke small holes in the dough (as instructed on the box).
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until cooked through.
- Once dough is cool, use your pizza cutter to cut dough into approximately 2" x 2" squares or 2" x 3" rectangles.
- Add tomato topping to each square and top with whole fresh basil leaf and/or shredded Parmesan cheese.