Ingredients

  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil(Optional)
  • 10 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • ¼ cup olive oil(Optional)
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Combine tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, basil, and garlic; let tomato mixture rest for 15 to 30 minutes.

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  • Step 2

    Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler.

  • Step 3

    Arrange French bread slices on a large baking sheet; drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil.

  • Step 4

    Toast bread in preheated oven until lightly browned, about 1 minute on each side. Top bread slices with tomato mixture using a slotted spoon, allowing excess liquid to drain. Return bread to baking sheet and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

  • Step 5

    Broil in preheated oven until cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

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