Berry and Goat Cheese Crostini

If you're looking for a red, white and blue appetizer for the Fourth of July, look no farther! This delicious sweet crostini fits the bill for before OR after your holiday party.

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Two berry and goat cheese crostini on a white plate with more crostini in the background.

Red, White and Blue Appetizer

When the Fourth of July rolls around and you’re looking for a festive appetizer to serve your party guests, these berry and goat cheese crostini are the perfect find! Not only are they colorful with absolutely no food coloring, they are delicious, seasonal and pretty too. Every time I look at these cute little crostini, I can’t help but see a sea of flip flops, and I can guarantee you I’ve never said that about any of my recipes before!

Ingredients on a marble counter - strawberries, blueberries, honey, balsamic reduction, mint, goat cheese and baguette.

Easy to Find, Seasonal Ingredients

Crostini are made by toasting small rounds of white bread and topping with any number of ingredient combinations. This berry and goat cheese crostini recipe uses very easy to find ingredients that are in season in the summertime. Fresh berries, enhanced with sweet-acidic balsamic reduction and blueberry (or blackberry) jam are paired with tangy, slightly sweetened goat cheese for a bright, sweet and creamy contrast to the crunchy bread below. I guarantee, you’ll go back for a second bite (or flipflop).

Looking down into a chopper with whipped goat cheese inside and an offset spatula next to it.

Whipped Goat Cheese

Goat cheese is soft to begin with, but you want to make the goat cheese as smooth and spreadable as possible. A little mini chopper makes quick work of whipping the goat cheese, while also combining it with the honey and some chopped mint. Add the mint after the cheese and honey are well blended so that the mixture has no chance of turning green from the mint. 

Sliced crostini in an air fryer basket with a chopper of whipped goat cheese and bowls of berries near by.

Make Crostini Ahead

The crunch of the crostini is an important part of this appetizer. Making the crostini too far in advance gives the toasted bread too much time to get soggy under the goat cheese. So, if you want to make this appetizer ahead of time, make all the components (toast the bread, mix the strawberries, mix the blueberries and whip the goat cheese) and then assemble at the last minute. They’ll hold well for at least 30 to 45 minutes, and that’s much longer than they’ll last!

Looking down on a marble board with berry and goat cheese crostini being built.

Fourth Of July Appetizer

You don’t have to wait for the Fourth of July to make this appetizer, but if you are making it for the holiday, be sure to leave some white space between the two spoonfuls of berries, so that it is truly red, white and blue. If you’re making this for any day of the year, you can toss the berries, balsamic and jam all together in one bowl and spoon that on top of the goat cheese, saving yourself a step.

A marble board with berry and goat cheese crostini on top and a small stack of bev napkins in the corner.

One More Thing…

If you happen to have any berry mixture left over, hold onto it like a precious gem. This mixture of berries is absolutely spectacular over vanilla ice cream. In fact… you might even forget the crostini and go straight to the ice cream!

Berry and Goat Cheese Crostini

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 10 m
  • Total Time: 20 m
  • Servings:


  • 1 French baguette
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 6 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • cups strawberries diced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon blueberry or blackberry jam
  • Fresh mint leaves


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice the baguette on the bias into ½-inch slices. Brush each slice with olive oil. Season with a little salt and place the bread slices in a single layer on a sheet pan. Transfer the sheet pan to the oven and bake for 7 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned and toasted. (Or Air-fry the crostini at 330°F for 6 minutes.)
  3. Using a food processor or electric hand mixer, whip the goat cheese and honey together until smooth. Add the chopped mint and pulse a few more times to combine.
  4. Combine the diced strawberries with the balsamic glaze in a small bowl. In a second bowl, toss the blueberries with the jam to coat well.
  5. Assemble the crostini by spreading a tablespoon of the whipped goat cheese on each crostini. Top the goat cheese with a small spoonful of the strawberries on one end and a small spoonful of the blueberries on the other end, leaving some of the white goat cheese visible in the middle. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  6. Serve at room temperature.
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