For each respective variation, combine all ingredients (except bread), seasoning each batch with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon some of the mixture onto the bread, drizzle with high-quality extra-virgin olive oil and serve immediately.
Tomato Basil Bruschetta: 2 red ripe tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped 4 basil leaves, cut into chiffonade 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper 4 (1-inch) thick slices Italian peasant bread, grilled
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