13 Mediterranean Breakfast Recipes You'll Want to Eat All Day

Zucchini and Tomato Frittata
Photo: Blaine Moats

Count on these Mediterranean breakfast ideas to get your day started on a fresh and tasty note. Whether you choose an easy Mediterranean breakfast recipe like a skillet or sandwich or cozy up to a casserole or Mediterranean diet breakfast bowl, you'll be able to use the region's vibrant ingredients to flavor-charge your a.m. meals.

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Frico Fried Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

Frico Fried Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches
Andy Lyons

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.

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Zucchini and Tomato Frittata

Zucchini and Tomato Frittata
Blaine Moats

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.

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Waffle Tartines

Waffle Tartines
Carson Downing

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).

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Blackberry-Ginger Overnight Bulgur

Blackberry-Ginger Overnight Bulgur
Blaine Moats

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.

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Sheet-Pan Chickpeas and Eggs

Sheet-Pan Chickpeas and Eggs
Andy Lyons

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.

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Sheet-Pan Greens and Feta Frittata

Sheet-Pan Greens and Feta Frittata with one slice
Carson Downing

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.

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Steak, Egg, and Goat Cheese Pizza

Steak, Egg, and Goat Cheese Pizza
Blaine Moats

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.)

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Oatmeal with Goat Cheese, Dates, Walnuts, and Honey

Oatmeal Goat Cheese Dates Walnuts Honey
Blaine Moats

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.

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Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches

Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches
Jason Donnelly

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.

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Egg White Scramble with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes

Egg White Scramble with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes
Jason Donnelly

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.

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Breakfast Ham and Egg Cups

Breakfast Ham and Egg Cups
Andy Lyons

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.

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Asparagus and Prosciutto Frittata

Asparagus and Prosciutto Frittata
Andy Lyons

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.

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Greek Vegetable and Feta Cheese Pie

Greek Vegetable and Feta Cheese Pie
Kritsada Panichgul

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.

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