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Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini

Prep time 30 mins
Bake time 10 mins
Yield Makes about 20 appetizer servings
Prepare tomato topping up to two days ahead; cover and store in the refrigerator. Toast bread slices one day ahead; store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 (8.5-oz.) French bread baguette, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 82
  • fat 5.1 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 1.6 g
  • carbohydrate 7.4 g
  • fiber 0.6 g
  • cholesterol 2.2 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 116 mg
  • calcium 28 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together olive oil and garlic; brush on 1 side of each bread slice. Place bread slices, garlic sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly toasted.

  2. Whisk together lemon juice and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Add tomato and next 3 ingredients; gently toss to coat.

  3. Top each bread slice with tomato mixture (about 2 rounded teaspoonfuls each). Sprinkle with cheese.

  4. Green Tomato-Fresh Herb Crostini: Substitute 1 finely chopped large green tomato for red tomato. Proceed with recipe as directed.

  5. Fresh Herb-Tomato Tabbouleh Salad: Omit first 3 ingredients. Decrease feta cheese to 1/4 cup. Prepare tomato mixture as directed in Step 2; drain. Reserve seasoning packet from 1 (25-oz.) tabbouleh salad mix for another use. Pour tabbouleh mix into a large bowl; stir in 1 cup boiling water. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Stir in tomato mixture. Cover and chill 1 hour. Top with feta cheese, and season with salt to taste. Makes 6 servings. Prep: 10 min; Chill: 1 hr., 30 min.

  6. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Near East Taboule Mix Wheat Salad.

  7. Per serving: Calories 93; Fat 1g (sat 6g, mono 9g, poly 5g); Protein 1g; Carb 7g; Fiber 4g; Chol 6mg; Iron 9mg; Sodium 243mg; Calc 53mg.