This delicious strawberry crostini recipe is perfect for summer entertaining! Creamy goat cheese and a simple strawberry salsa with fresh basil and balsamic vinegar are layered on crispy french bread and topped with a drizzle of honey. Vegetarian.
Strawberriessssssss! I love them so.
(umm, hi, WHAT blog are we on again?)
We’re riiiiiiight at the end of strawberry season here in upstate New York, so over the holiday I dragged my friend Erin (HI ERIN) with me to a couple of u-pick farms to stock up on the last wave of strawberry pickinzzzzz before they’re gone again (*sob*).
I was pretty desperate for a strawberry fix (CHECK ANNND DONE ⬇️⬆️⬇️), but we also lucked out and hit the first wave of RASPBERRIES at one of our local farms. I may or may not have gotten overly excited and picked, umm…all of them. So I may or may not have been living on nothing but berries for the last three days.
I’m not mad about it.
OH HEY PS – How was your holiday weekend? Good? Good!
I actually had a relatively busy 4th of July weekend (busy = I put on pants and left the house) between the berry picking and hosting not one but TWO barbecues (like, with OTHER HUMANS and everything) and shooting some new video content (OMG EXCITEMENT) for le bloggity blog here.
Also, I ate approximately 10976509238975908 (⬅️ real number) of these strawberry crostini.
But, hey, okay, chillax a second, I didn’t eat them ALLLLLL by myself.
I also gave one to Kyle.
But for real. These strawberry crostini? THEY’RE THE BOMB.
The natural sweetness of the strawberries and the fresh, earthy notes of basil are just so perrrrrrfect together (I’m a big big fan of berries + herbs, as you might remember) and a splash of balsamic vinegar brings the whole thing together.
Also, there is goat cheese. YOU’RE WELCOME.
This recipe isn’t super “recipe-ish” with the measuring and the ingredients and blah blah blah (it’s literally just putting honey on top of berries on top of cheese on top of bread), so feel free to adjust it however you’d like! I’ve included some of my favorite twists in the recipe notes below. The strawberry salsa would also be great with this Balsamic Glazed Salmon, as a separate dip with tortilla chips, or being shoved directly into your mouth without bothering to share with anyone.
- 8 oz. fresh goat cheese
- 8 slices crusty French bread
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup diced fresh strawberries
- 6 large fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup honey
- Set the goat cheese out on the counter while you prep the rest of the ingredients - this will give it a chance to soften so it's easier to spread when you're ready to assemble your crostini!
- Lay French bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil (you may not need a full ¼ cup of the oil) and bake at 375 degrees F until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
- While bread is toasting, prep the strawberry topping. Combine diced strawberries, chopped basil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and balsamic vinegar in a small mixing bowl and lightly toss to combine. Set aside.
- When your French bread is toasted, it's time to assemble! Spread each piece of toast with a layer of goat cheese, then top with a spoonful of the strawberry mixture. Finish crostini with a light drizzle of honey and serve immediately.
Serving a crowd? Use a baguette instead of the French bread so you can have smaller bites (and more crostini to go around!)
Instead of honey, you could also drizzle these crostini with a balsamic glaze.
Use mint instead of basil for a fresh twist!
The strawberry mixture can be made a day ahead of time and kept in the fridge.
PS – I’ve been trying out these fun Nutrition Facts labels at the end of my last few posts! What do we think? Helpful? Annoying? Couldn’t care less? Drop me a comment and let me know how you like it!
Nutrition information provided by Edamam.