Cherry Basil Bruschetta topped with fresh basil, shown atop grilled jicama

Cherry Basil Bruschetta (AIP/Paleo)

Cherry Basil Bruschetta (AIP/Paleo) uses cherries instead of tomatoes for something unique! Top your favorite GF bread, or grilled jicama.

Cherry Basil Bruschetta topped with fresh basil, shown atop grilled jicama
Cherry Basil Bruschetta (AIP/Paleo)
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OK, OK, I know what you’re thinking. Wendi has gone cuh-razy. Who puts cherries and basil together? On grilled jicama???

I know. It seems weird. But hang in here with me. Cherries and basil and garlic and olive oil actually taste smashing together!

If you have journeyed long on the Paleo/AIP diet, feel free to use your favorite gluten free bread as a bruschetta base. For those in the elimination phase of AIP, I suggest trying grilled jicama in place of bread. It takes only one minute per side on the grill, and retains its crunch! To pretty it up, I used a fluted cookie cutter here – the same ones I used in my Minty Thins cookies. (Here is the link to the ones I have.)

Now for a fun fact. Did you know that the “B” word here is pronounced broo-SKET-a, not broo-SHET-a? Yep, it’s true. Many people pronounce this with the SH sound, but in Italian, the combination of the letters “sch” sounds like “SK.” (Who knew that my former life as a professional opera singer would help me in my food blogging life? 🤷🏼‍♀️ ) Dazzle your Italian-speaking friends by pronouncing this word correctly, and you will have made a friend for life!

Close view of Cherry Basil Bruschetta (AIP/Paleo) topping some grilled jicama
Cherry Basil Bruschetta (AIP/Paleo)

Cherries and basil are both plentiful in the summertime. Here are some other recipes for you to try that use them:

Other recipes using cherries or basil

If I haven’t said so recently, I am so glad you are here. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy life to cook with me. Thank you!

As always, I am wishing you great love and deep healing!

💗,

Wendi

Cherry Basil Bruschetta (AIP/Paleo)

Recipe by Wendi’s AIP Kitchen – http://www.wendisaipkitchen.com Course: Appetizers, Sides
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

40

minutes
Cooking time

2

minutes

Cherry Basil Bruschetta (AIP/Paleo) uses cherries instead of tomatoes for something unique! Top your favorite GF bread, or grilled jicama.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted, chopped cherries*

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons)

  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil + more for brushing

  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt + more for sprinkling

  • 1 jicama

Directions

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine cherries, basil, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and salt. Set aside to let the flavors meld.
  • Peel jicama, and slice into 1/4-inch slices. If desired, cut shapes out of the slices with a fluted cookie cutter.
  • Heat grill to 450 degrees F. Brush jicama slices on both sides with olive oil. Salt them on each side.
  • Grill jicama 1 minute per side. Serve the cherry basil mixture on top of grilled jicama slices (or your favorite GF bread).

Notes

  • *It is immensely helpful to have a cherry pitter for recipes using fresh cherries! Who wants to be slicing cherries and digging out the pits? It would take forever…

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