Mediterranean Breakfast Recipes You'll Want to Eat All Day
Frico Fried Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches
Ever hear of a frico? These crackerlike chips are made simply from cheese that’s fried until it’s ultra-crispy. Although this Italian specialty is usually served as a light appetizer, it makes a great addition to a breakfast sandwich. Here it combines with dried tomatoes, arugula, provolone cheese, and an egg for one of our most creative, yet easy Mediterranean breakfast recipes yet.
Zucchini and Tomato Frittata
For a fresh twist on the classic egg breakfast, try this simple and vegetable-rich Mediterranean diet breakfast recipe. It’s filled with favorite Italian ingredients, including zucchini, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and red pepper flakes. You’ll also appreciate the ease—a frittata is an open-face omelet, meaning no tricky flipping needed.
Transform frozen waffles into a real meal with this Mediterranean diet breakfast idea. You’ll adore how fast it is (seriously, you can have this plate-ready in 5 minutes), as well as how you can customize each tartine to please a crowd or cure your cravings. All three of our variations are abundant in Mediterranean vibes: avocado (a twist on avocado toast with sliced cucumber, red onion, and feta), lox (cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, and fresh dill), and chive-mushroom (herby cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and fresh chives).
Butternut Squash Shakshuka
This saucy Mediterranean breakfast will definitely garner raves. Based on a Middle Eastern specialty, the elevated egg dish makes use of tomatoes, red bell peppers, fresh parsley, butternut squash, and feta cheese. Set and forget in your slow cooker overnight, then wake up to a healthy and flavorful morning meal.
Blackberry-Ginger Overnight Bulgur
This Mediterranean diet breakfast recipe features creamy, protein-rich Greek yogurt and bulgur, a whole grain cereal that will help keep you satisfied all morning. And talk about simple—the entire dish takes just 10 minutes of prep the night before. The next morning, simply stir and serve.
Eggs and Greens Breakfast Pizza
Rise and shine! This Mediterranean breakfast pizza is definitely worth jumping out of bed for. Italian sausage, pizza sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, and arugula bring robust Italian flavors to the hearty pie. Use purchased sauce, or make your own quick pizza sauce from scratch.
Spanish Potato Omelet
If you’re looking for easy Mediterranean breakfast recipes, stop right here! You can actually make this Mediterranean "omelet" in your slow cooker. Get the ingredients cooking in the morning, then run some errands or tidy up. About 2½ hours later, this satisfying, brunch-perfect potato and onion omelet is ready to slice and serve. How’s that for a busy weekend morning plan?
Sheet-Pan Chickpeas and Eggs
If you like Mediterranen cuisine, then you probably have a can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) on hand for hummus or falafel. Next time you stock up on the high-protein pantry staple, invest in an extra can to use in this four-ingredient sheet-pan Mediterranean diet breakfast idea. Seasoned with smoky paprika and fresh herbs, this unique egg creation is ideal for sharing with gluten-free and vegetarian diners.
Sheet-Pan Greens and Feta Frittata
When you have better things to do than fry eggs and flip omelets one by one, consider this Mediterranean diet breakfast bake. The six-serving dish is chock-full of favorite ingredients from a trio of countries in that region: Swiss chard (beloved by the French), feta (the classic Greek cheese), and Italian herbs. PS: Think this sheet-pan breakfast is easy? See how sheet pans are changing the dinner game, too.
Steak, Egg, and Goat Cheese Pizza
We bet you can’t find anything like this Mediterranean breakfast on your delivery pizza restaurant’s menu! Adorn pizza dough with cooked roast beef, fresh kale, red bell peppers, ooey-gooey Italian mozzarella, and salty goat cheese to get this pie going. Then partway through the baking time, carefully add the eggs on top and cook until you reach your desired doneness. (Pro tip: A runny yolk acts as a luscious, vitamin-rich “condiment” for the Mediterranean veggies on this homemade pizza.)
Oatmeal with Goat Cheese, Dates, Walnuts, and Honey
Goat cheese, walnuts, dates, and honey transform plain old oatmeal into a craveable Mediterranean diet breakfast. Whether you use quick-cooking rolled oats, steel cut oats, or regular rolled oats is up to you. Here’s a primer on how to cook whichever oatmeal variety you choose.
Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches
Our favorite healthy Mediterranean breakfast ideas are not only good for you but also fast, fresh, and tasty. Stacked with spinach leaves, tomato slices, a fried egg, and a sprinkle of feta cheese on a multigrain sandwich thin, this one has it all. Even better: This all can be yours in just 20 minutes.
Egg White Scramble with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes
Prefer to hold the yolks? Try this low-cal yet high-protein Mediterranean diet breakfast recipe. Fresh spinach and cherry tomatoes play nicely with olive oil and garlic. Scramble in some egg whites as you toast up a slice of bread, an English muffin, or a bagel, and dive right in—you’ll be well-fueled for hours.
Raspberry-Java Overnight Bulgur
Sure, oatmeal is an ideal option when you’re looking for a healthy start to your day. But if you want something more true to the Mediterranean, go for bulgur, a whole grain that’s popular in the region. With this recipe, you don’t even have to cook it! Simply stir the bulgur with the yogurt and milk and refrigerate overnight to soften. The next morning, you can enjoy an easy Mediterranean breakfast recipe where the only prep work is grabbing a spoon.
Frittata with Tomatoes
Thank you, Italy, for giving us salty prosciutto and nutty Parmesan cheese, and for clueing us in to the wonders of aromatic fresh basil. Those ingredients anchor this easy Mediterranean breakfast recipe, which also highlights red onions, artichoke hearts, and bright cherry tomatoes.
Test Kitchen Tip: If you find yourself with extra basil leftover from the recipe, here’s how to store it.
Breakfast Ham and Egg Cups
Breakfast casseroles are great, but sometimes they take too long to bake (for a weekday, at least!). Because it uses a muffin tin, this Mediterranean breakfast bake needs less than 20 minutes in the oven. Though the pesto is optional, we highly recommend it to add Italian appeal. Either purchased or homemade pesto will do.
Prosciutto and Egg Breakfast Salad
Salad for breakfast? Indeed! With its prosciutto, basil, Italian parsley, and delightfully runny poached eggs, this Mediterranean breakfast idea is a smashing idea for anyone who’s trying to cut down on carbs. It’s also great for anyone who loves ham and eggs for breakfast; we just gave it a Mediterranean twist.
Help the whole family get the day off to a great start with this Mediterranean diet breakfast recipe. Eggs form the base of the quick skillet meal, and sun-dried tomato slices, roasted red peppers, and feta cheese add bold flavor. In a rush? Tuck a small slice into a tortilla for a makeshift breakfast burrito.
Asparagus and Prosciutto Frittata
This hearty Mediterranean breakfast recipe has prosciutto for extra protein and asparagus spears for a burst of fresh, earthy flavor. Just before serving, top with shredded cheese. The original lineup calls for cheddar, but if you want to stick to the Mediterranean theme, go with mozzarella or provolone.
Related: The Complete Cheese-Lover’s Guide
Greek Vegetable and Feta Cheese Pie
Fresh zucchini, red bell pepper, spinach—this savory pie is fully loaded with veggies. Use phyllo dough for the flaky, crispy crust, then top with a sprinkle of feta cheese for a meatless Mediterranean breakfast casserole. Healthy, satisfying, and unexpected, this is one Mediterranean diet breakfast idea worthy of sharing with guests or as part of a holiday brunch.
Kale-Goat Cheese Frittata
Fresh kale, one of Americans’ go-to superfoods, teams up with goat cheese, a classic French ingredient, for a Franco-American dish. When you’re looking for easy Mediterranean breakfast recipes, a no-flip frittata is always a wise choice.
Test Kitchen Tip: This dish suggests 6 whole eggs and 4 egg whites, but if you prefer all whole eggs, simply use 8.