20 Mediterranean Diet Breakfast Recipes to Fuel Your Day

updated Dec 19, 2022
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If you’re following the Mediterranean diet, you know you should be loading your plate with vegetables and good-for-you proteins like salmon. But what about breakfast? Fruit, dairy, and whole grains play a big role in the diet, so there’s actually a lot of tasty (and satiating) breakfast options to choose from. From frittatas to breakfast salad to wraps and more, here are 20 recipes to inspire you.

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Spinach and Artichoke Frittata
Marinated artichokes ensure this vegetable-packed frittata is full of flavor. Eat it warm or do like the Italians do: Enjoy it at room temperature or even cold.
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Hearty Breakfast Fruit Salad
Choose any combination of fruits and whole grains to make this salad your own. You can also top a serving with a big spoonful of Greek yogurt to add a bit of protein.
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The Best Shakshuka
Israeli shakshuka is pretty much the perfect meal anytime of day, be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Be sure to serve it with pita or crusty bread.
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Balsamic Berries with Honey Yogurt
This light and fresh bowl mixed berries marinated in balsamic vinegar and honey-sweetened yogurt is perfect for both breakfast or dessert.
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Caprese Avocado Toast
Avocado toast might not have originated in the Mediterranean, but its combination of whole grains and healthy fats makes it well-suited to the diet. This one feels extra appropriate because of its caprese salad twist.
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Spinach Feta Breakfast Wraps
Definitely make a double batch of these egg wraps and freeze half — your future self will thank you when you need breakfast in a hurry.
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Easy Homemade Muesli
While muesli originated in Switzerland, its mix of whole grains, nuts, and fruit make it totally Mediterranean-friendly. Try pouring dairy or non-dairy milk over it or sprinkling it on yogurt.
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Kale and Goat Cheese Frittata Cups
This recipe is versatile: Don’t like kale? Substitute a different leafy green. Have broccoli you need to use up? Chop it up and throw it in. Prefer Parmesan to goat cheese? No problem.
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Easy, Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Ricotta not only makes these pancakes exceptionally fluffy, it lends plenty of protein to your stack.
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Smashed Egg Toasts with Herby Lemon Yogurt
This quick and easy breakfast toast is topped with an herby Greek yogurt and smashed, soft-cooked eggs.
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Mediterranean Breakfast Pitas
While these egg and hummus-stuffed pita sandwiches are definitely breakfast material, they'd also make a great packable lunch or easy dinner.
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Crispy White Beans with Greens and Poached Egg
While the recipe calls for Swiss chard, any leafy green will work well here, so don't hesitate to use whatever is in your crisper drawer.
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Breakfast Grain Salad with Blueberries, Hazelnuts & Lemon
If you have plain cooked quinoa left over from dinner last night, use it as the base of this unique, lightly sweetened grain salad.
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Eggs with Summer Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Bell Peppers
To save time in the morning, you can make the vegetable mixture the night before and then just rewarm it in a skillet or the microwave as you fry your eggs.
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Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza
Opt for whole-wheat pizza dough to make this breakfast pizza extra wholesome. You can also use whole-wheat naan or other store-bought flatbreads to save time.
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Quinoa-Oatmeal Cereal
Made with coconut milk, maple syrup, quinoa, and gluten-free oats, the warming dish is topped with fresh fruit for a delicious and quick first meal of the day.
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Fried Chickpeas and Scrambled Eggs with Garlicky Greens and Spicy Yogurt

This speedy dish features chickpeas fried with cracked coriander, cumin, and slivers of garlic until golden and crisp, plus soft scrambled eggs with wilted greens and scallions woven throughout.

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Homemade Greek Yogurt

It's easier than you might think to make Greek yogurt from scratch.

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Crispy Fried Eggs with Yogurt, Greens, and Smoked Herb Butter
This twist on Turkish eggs features crispy fried eggs and garlicky wilted kale on a bed of Greek yogurt, all topped with a smoky sage butter sauce.
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Breakfast Caesar with Jammy Eggs and English Muffin Croutons
This spin on the classic Caesar uses English muffin croutons to make this an ideal way to start the day.
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