This easy strawberry crostini recipe is perfect for summer entertaining! With creamy goat cheese, fresh basil, and a drizzle of honey for a flavor-packed appetizer.
When strawberries are in season, this is the very first recipe I always reach for.
These crostini appetizers are perfect for summer: they're elegant enough for entertaining a crowd, but simple enough for a quick lunch on a busy afternoon!
We're building a simple goat cheese crostini here and topping it with an easy, bruschetta inspired strawberry mix.
Ingredients you'll need
- Sliced bread - Use a baguette for smaller bites (perfect for a crowd!) or grab a crusty bread loaf if you'd like larger portions. You'll also need a splash of olive oil to toast the crostini bread with our oven-baked method!
- Goat cheese - Let it come to room temperature on the counter for 15-30 minutes before assembling to make it easier to spread!
- Strawberries - Fresh, in-season strawberries (locally-sourced, if you can find them!) are what really make this crostini recipe.
- Fresh basil - For just a hint of depth and earthiness.
- Balsamic Vinegar - A small splash of balsamic gives our strawberry mixture a bit of zing (but you can skip this if you prefer!)
- Honey - A drizzle of honey is one of our favorite crostini toppings, and it works beautifully here!
Riffs and substitutions
These strawberry crostini are so forgiving - mix it up with whatever you have on hand!
- Swap the goat cheese for ricotta, whipped feta, burrata, brie, or whipped goat cheese!
- Make these a little heartier by adding diced avocado to the strawberry mixture.
- Use a drizzle of balsamic glaze instead of honey if you prefer.
- Top with chopped walnuts or pistachios for some extra texture!
- No strawberries in season? Use blackberries, raspberries, peaches, or tomatoes in their place.
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Video: How to make strawberry crostini
Simple crostini with goat cheese and strawberries.
- 1 baguette, sliced
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups diced strawberries
- ¼ cup fresh basil, sliced
- pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 6 ounces goat cheese
- ¼ cup honey
- Set the goat cheese 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 baguette slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 375° Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned.
- While bread is toasting, prep the strawberry topping. Combine diced strawberries, chopped basil, a pinch of salt, and balsamic vinegar in a small mixing bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
- When your bread slices are toasted, it’s time to assemble! Spread each crostini piece with a layer of goat cheese, then top with a spoonful of the strawberry mixture. Finish with a light drizzle of honey and serve immediately.
Swaps and substitutions. Finish these crostini with a drizzle of balsamic glaze instead of honey if you like. Use blackberries, raspberries, peaches, or pears instead of strawberries. Use mint instead of basil for a fresh twist.
Make-ahead tips. Make the strawberry mixture a day ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge. When you're ready to eat, just toast the bread and assemble!
Why the balsamic vinegar? The balsamic gives just a *hint* of acidity here - but it isn't overpowering. It just helps to balance the flavors really well. If you don't have balsamic on hand, you can use a splash of lemon or lime juice instead.
Keywords: summer, side dish, vegetarian