Better Than Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Sauce {vegan}

by Dorothy Reinhold on February 13, 2016

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Better Than Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Sauce is a chunky sauce of chopped tomatoes, aromatics and olive oil sparked with balsamic vinegar. Use it to top a baguette toast, hot or cold pasta, cooked fish or even scrambled eggs.

Have you tried the Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Sauce yet?

If not, get right on that, because it’s wonderful! You can find it in the cold case, in a 14.5-ounce tub. (And no one is paying me to talk about it.)

It’s a simple chopped, chunky concoction of Roma tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, salt, garlic, sugar and black pepper (reading straight from the label).

I used it for dinner the other night, we raved about the fresh, garlicky, tangy flavor, and then I wanted more the next day. I didn’t have any, but I did have Roma tomatoes on the counter, waiting to be used, so I just started chopping, and in about 5 minutes, I had an excellent facsimile.

Better Than Trader Joe's Bruschetta Sauce in a glass bowl on a green and white striped towel on

In fact, we liked my version even better! Try it and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

Better Than Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 cups, or about 4 servings

Better Than Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Sauce

Bruschetta Sauce is a chunky sauce of chopped tomatoes, aromatics and olive oil sparked with balsamic vinegar, this can top a baguette toast, hot or cold pasta, cooked fish or even scrambled eggs.


  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced small
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 10 leaves fresh basil, cut in a chiffonade (fine ribbons) (this is about 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave syrup
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • A few grindings of black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to a small bowl, and mix gently. Allow to rest for 15 or so minutes, and stir again (some of the water will be drawn out of the tomatoes and it will become just a bit more saucy). Taste and adjust salt, pepper and vinegar, if your taste buds tell you to add more.
  2. Makes 1 1/2 cups or so. Serves 4.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

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Des @ Life's Ambrosia February 26, 2016 at 10:34 pm

I am always a sucker for a good bruschetta. This looks awesome!


janet February 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Just wondering… what would be your guess as to how long this could keep in the fridge? Not that I think it will last that long but if i were to give it as a gift, I’d like to be able to tell my friends when they have to have eaten by.


Dorothy Reinhold February 24, 2016 at 5:44 pm

Well, Janet, it is fresh cut tomatoes. If I were to give it to others, I would give it the same day I make it. If I am eating it myself, I would have no qualms about eating it the next day or even 2-3 days after, but the ‘maters might not look so perky and ideal at that point. However, I personally don’t care, and I would scarf it down!


Kristyn February 19, 2016 at 6:52 pm

This looks so delicious! I’ll have to try it out!


Anne @ February 18, 2016 at 5:08 am

Fresh Roma tomatoes have so much flavor! This looks so delicious! I cannot wait to try this recipe out for myself. Sorry Trader Joes, but you may have found your match! Thanks for sharing.


eat good 4 life February 17, 2016 at 5:31 am

Love anything that is homemade so I am sure this is better than Trader Joe’s!


Dorothy Reinhold February 18, 2016 at 9:40 am

Don’t get me wrong Eat Good 4 Life, the TJ version is plenty good! I recommend it if you can’t or don’t want to make your own.


Nancy @ Spicie Foodie February 16, 2016 at 6:23 pm

We don’t have Trader Joe’s here, but even if we did I would choose your homemade sauce every time. Great flavourful recipe!


Joanie @ Zagleft February 16, 2016 at 10:55 am

This is something that would be wonderful over chicken or fish too. Love it!


Dorothy Reinhold February 18, 2016 at 9:41 am

Absolutely right Joanie!


Megan Keno February 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm

Love this idea!!


Healing Tomato February 15, 2016 at 7:16 pm

There is nothing quite like homemade bruschetta sauce. I love the use of fresh Roma tomatoes in your recipe. Looks absolutely delicious!


Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama February 15, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Oh, I so miss having a TJ’s close by! I used to have one within 10 minutes of my home, but I moved and the nearest one is about 2 hours away. :/ Love when I find copycat recipes of TJ favorites! 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm

I guess I don’t feel so sorry for myself then. My nearest one is about 30 minutes, so just inconvenient ENOUGH. But I can make a pilgrimmage.


Nutmeg Nanny February 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm

I love making my own bruschetta. This looks delicious!


Michelle @ The Complete Savorist February 15, 2016 at 11:54 am

I am a bruschetta fan! I would love to try this version.


Shinee February 15, 2016 at 10:23 am

Yumm! I’ve never tried Trader Joe’s bruschetta sauce. We don’t have the store nearby. #smalltownproblem
Anyway, the sauce sounds amazing! I love to snack on bruschetta, so this would be amazing to have on hand.


Lauren @ Wicked Spatula February 15, 2016 at 8:45 am

Love, love, LOVE TJ’s bruschetta sauce! I can’t wait to try this!


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2016 at 9:12 am

It was a new discovery to me, and I instantly fell in love.


Meg @ With Salt and Wit February 15, 2016 at 5:40 am

Oh TJ’s sauce is one of our favorites and now I can make it at home? Life saver!


Dorothy Reinhold February 15, 2016 at 9:12 am

You can, and you SHOULD!


Sam | Ahead of Thyme February 14, 2016 at 11:24 am

Yum! If it’s better than Trader Joe’s then I HAVE to try it!! Thanks for sharing!


Willow February 14, 2016 at 10:09 am

This sounds delicious, and I love that it’s vegan. I pinned this from another thread, so will definitely be making this later!


Shelby February 14, 2016 at 10:07 am

I agree, that stuff is delish! I use it in my pasta salads! Can’t wait to try your recipe out 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold February 14, 2016 at 10:31 am

I thought it was awesome in a pasta salad. It’s great on hot pasta, or cold.


Tania @ COOKTORIA February 14, 2016 at 8:20 am

Whoa!!! What an amazing looking bruschetta sauce! This recipe goes to my “MUST TRY” list! Pinned and Yummed!
P.S. Happy Valentines Day!


Dorothy Reinhold February 14, 2016 at 9:21 am

Thanks Tania!


Tracy | Baking Mischief February 14, 2016 at 8:07 am

This looks fantastic. I love that it’s is a homemade version of something you normally have to run out to the store to buy. I bet it would be delicious over chicken too!


Dorothy Reinhold February 14, 2016 at 9:21 am

Yep, great idea for roast chicken!


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