The holidays are approaching, which means parties…and parties mean appetizers. You know you’ll get asked to make one, so if you’re looking for an easy one that everyone loves, and likely will have never tried before, let me introduce you to this Easy Mozzarella Lemon Basil Crostini! It’s perfect for any get together!
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Easy Mozzarella Lemon Basil Crostini garnished with lemon zest on white plate

The Easy Mozzarella Lemon Basil Crostini:

This simple appetizer has only a few ingredients: Fresh mozzarella, basil, lemon zest, toasted baguette, olive oil and garlic.

Crostini or Bruschetta?

Crostini and bruschetta are very similar. As far as I have been able to research the only difference is the size of the bread used. Smaller baguettes and thinner slices are used for crostini while bigger baguettes and thicker slices are used for bruschetta. Honestly, no matter what you call it, it’s delicious!

A white platter filled with Easy Mozzarella Lemon Basil Crostini 


The Mozzarella, fresh is best!

Fresh Mozzarella packed in water is the only way to go for this recipe! It’s so soft, creamy  and delicate. It’s fabulous when combined with lemon zest a basil.

A lomon, balls of mozzarella cheese, basil leaves and a head of garlic on a wood cutting board

The Lemon Zest:

I always use a microplane to zest citrus. Only scrape to expose the white underneath and then move to a new area. The white is bitter, you don’t want bitter, you want that fragrant, bright yellow zest that is loaded with lemon oil

A yellow bowl with mozzarella, basil, and lemon zest used to make Easy Mozzarella Lemon Basil Crostini


When making this recipe we use a technique called a chiffonade for the basil. Simply stack your basil leaves, roll as tightly as you can and slice. You end up with thin ribbons of basil.

A woman's hand demonstrating how to cut basil leaves

The Finishing Touch!

Drizzle with an amazing extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with a bit our our amazing sea salt and toss. I use Maldon’s flaked sea salt, it gives the perfect salty “bite”.

A small colorful bowl of sea salt on a marble surface


To make this recipe gluten free I use Against The Grain Baguettes. I find them in the frozen section at Whole Foods Market and I love them!

Easy Mozzarella Lemon Basil Crostini set on a marble surface


THE RECIPE: Easy Mozzarella Lemon Basil Crostini

Easy Mozzarella Lemon Basil Crostini
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

A simple, delicious, and unique appetizer

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy appetizer recipe, holiday recipe, party recipe
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Linda Spiker
  • 1 baguette, French or sour dough
  • 8 oz fresh Mozzarella packed in water
  • 10 basil leaves, chiffonade (see tips above)
  • Zest of one small lemon
  • Sea Salt, to taste (no table salt please:)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
  1. Preheat oven to 425 and place rack in upper third of oven. Slice baguette ¼" thick, place slices on cookie sheet and set aside. Dice mozzarella, place in bowl,drizzle with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with lemon zest, sea salt and basil. Toss. Toast bread in oven, remove from oven and scrape with cut edge of garlic cloves. Top with cheese mixture. Serve.



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