15 Best Mediterranean Diet Breakfast Recipes

Zucchini with Egg on a white plate with tomato slices and toast
Photo: naples34102

It's easy to follow the Mediterranean diet at dinner or lunch. But don't sleep on breakfast! The principles of the Mediterranean diet are the same in the morning as for any other time—choose healthy whole foods, including lots of fruits and veggies, and limit heavily processed foods and saturated fats. Where you can, use healthy olive oil as the cooking fat or to drizzle over breakfast scrambles, whole-wheat toasts, and more. Go big on healthy seasonal vegetables where you can—and enjoy some sliced fruit on the side or as a snack. Here's what you eat for breakfast on the Mediterranean diet.

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Poached Eggs Caprese

Poached Eggs Caprese on a white plate
bd.weld

Perch poached eggs atop slices of tomato and mozzarella cheese and English muffins slathered in pesto. "Absolutely delicious!" says Rhianna. "I made my own fabulous fresh pesto to top the poached egg. The egg poached nicely." Stephany, meanwhile, added turkey bacon and used whole wheat English muffins.

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Eggs and Greens Breakfast Dish

Eggs and Greens on a paper plate

Start the day off with a healthy medley of greens: arugula, chard, and spinach. "This was a nice way to add some veg to breakfast," says lovestohost. "This would make a really nice egg component to a breakfast sandwich."

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Breakfast Pita Pizza

Breakfast Pita Pizza topped with scrambled eggs, bacon, and tomatoes
Christina

Spread pesto over pita rounds; top with crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, chopped tomato, mushrooms, and spinach. And garnish with slices of avocado if you like.

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Caprese on Toast

Caprese on Toast on a gingham plate
Jaime Justice Yost

Traditional Italian caprese salad tops lightly toasted bread. "Fresh ingredients are key to this recipe," says hamalpn. Meanwhile, Dianne recommends drizzling a balsamic glaze over the top. "And the garlic rubbed on the toast is essential," she says.

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Mediterranean Breakfast Quinoa

Mediterranean Breakfast Quinoa in a glass bowl
Lissa

Here's nutty cinnamon quinoa with dates, apricots, toasted almonds, and honey. "A fantastic dish!" raves Robin Hartman. "The perfect combination of sweet, salty, and nutty. Great texture. Wasn't too heavy or too light, perfect for a breakfast dish and held me over just fine until lunch time. Definitely a wonderful dish to start the day with."

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Eggs Florentine

Eggs Florentine with bacon and potato hash
Baking Nana

Spinach, mushrooms, and cream cheese are scrambled up with eggs and garlic. "Yummy!" says naples34102. "I NEVER say yummy, but in this case, it was the first word that entered my mind when I thought about how I'd describe this. Maybe it's because I love spinach, mushrooms, and garlic, and particularly when all three are used at once."

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Chef John's Shakshuka

Chef John's Shakshuka with shredded cheese
Baking Nana

This North African one-dish-meal features a spicy tomato and pepper sauce slowly simmered and finished with eggs on top. "Fast, easy, and delicious," says Chef John. "Be sure to cook your sauce until the veggies are nice and soft and sweet. Once the eggs go in, you can finish covered on the stove, or just pop the pan into a hot oven until they cook to your liking."

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Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal in a glass bowl
Tammy Lynn

Quinoa gets up for breakfast, starring here as a hot cereal with apricots, almonds, flax seeds, and warm spices. "A nice change from the usual bowl of oatmeal, this is jam-packed with nutrients and energy!" says laur_218. "Serve warm with milk. If sweetness is desired, add a splash of maple syrup or honey."

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Healthy Breakfast Sandwich

Healthy Breakfast Sandwich on a white plate
Molly

Something like a caprese salad with an egg on it sandwiched between whole-wheat English muffins. Molly calls it "a quick and easy breakfast with whole grain muffins, egg whites, spinach, and fresh tomato."

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Spinach Feta Egg Wrap

Spinach Feta Egg Wrap in a tortilla cut in half
Diana Mc

Scrambled eggs mix it up with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese before getting wrapped up in a warm whole-wheat tortilla.

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Zucchini with Egg

Zucchini with Egg on a white plate with tomato slices and toast
naples34102

Why not saute zucchini before scrambling your eggs? This one-pan breakfast couldn't be easier.

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Paleo Baked Eggs in Avocado

Paleo Baked Eggs in Avocado in a white rectangular dish
Photo by bd.weld.

"The contrast between the soft and fresh avocado and the creaminess of a poached egg is brilliant. Good thing is, it's also very healthy and satisfying." — NYJEN

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Scrumptious Breakfast Salad

strawberries, diced avocados, cucumbers, mango, and lettuce on a white dish
Happyschmoopies

"A fantastic salad I got from a Portuguese restaurant," recipe creator Ilovefood says. Finish it off with chopped boiled eggs.

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Socca (Farinata)

Socca (Farinata) with a side salad
Cannelle

"Socca is a gluten-free, yeast-free, and vegan flatbread that is a specialty from the French city of Nice," Cannelle says.

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Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Quinoa

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Quinoa with a lemon garnish in a white bowl
France C

"Sweet blueberries and tart lemon pair well in this alternative to oatmeal. High in protein and fiber, quinoa is a great start to your day," says recipe creator France C.

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