Our Best Breakfast Salad Recipes
Make a Breakfast Salad
A well-composed breakfast salad can deliver 20% of your daily protein, 2 to 3 servings of fruits or veggies, a serving of whole grains, and as much as 10 grams of fiber—all before 9 a.m. Aim for a balanced plate, one that contains satiating protein and heart-healthy fats, fresh fruits and/or vegetables, and whole grains. Here, we offer five fast, delicious breakfast salads to kick off the day. New to the idea of breakfast salads? See our tips for building a great one.
Fried Egg and Crunchy Breadcrumb Breakfast Salad
Whole-grain rye bread is so flavorful on its own and adds a special lift to our first salad. You can make the toasted breadcrumbs up to two days ahead; just store in an airtight container or zip-top bag until you’re ready for them.
Pomegranate-Farro Breakfast Salad with Honey Ricotta
Farro, an ancient whole grain similar to quinoa, packs a hearty crunch in this simple breakfast salad. Honey adds a bright, sweetness to play wonderfully with the creamy ricotta cheese. For a tangier citrus flavor, go with lemon; for more floral, sweet notes, try tangerine. To keep prep simple, use purchased pomegranate arils from the produce section, or pre-prep a fresh pomegranate the night before.
Grapefruit, Avocado, and Prosciutto Breakfast Salad
Bright, refreshing grapefruit pairs surprisingly well with nutty-earthy toasted sesame oil. This meal is full of satiating heart-healthy fats that will keep you full for a long time.
Greek Cucumber and Chickpea Breakfast Salad
Dill absolutely makes this salad, offering a fresh, herbaceous boost that livens up the canned chickpeas. It’s a satisfying bowl of crunchy, creamy, chewy textures.
Bacon, Egg, and Kale Breakfast Salad
Based loosely on the flavors of a BLT, this salad is hearty and light at the same time. Don’t worry if it feels like you don’t have a lot of dressing; the luscious golden yolk makes a creamy sauce in the bowl.
How to Build a Breakfast Salad
- Avoid overly strong flavors. Raw garlic doesn’t suit most folks first thing in the morning.
- Include protein and fat for satiety. Toss in an egg, a little cheese, leftover bacon, nuts, canned beans, or whole grains. Unsaturated fats are ideal for keeping you satisfied longer.
- Keep it simple. This is breakfast, after all; on weekdays you don’t have time to fuss with a lot of prep.
- Pay attention to texture. Try to include something crispy-crunchy, creamy-silky, juicy-fresh, and/or meaty-chewy.
- Vary the base. Sometimes, go with greens. Other days, try beans, whole grains, or veggies.