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These 12 Recipes Prove You Can and Should Eat Salad for Breakfast

If you're only eating salads for lunch and dinner, you're doing it all wrong. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day - or so they say - so why not jump start the day right with a bed of leafy greens and all the fixings with a delicious breakfast salad recipe. Poached eggs, citrusy fruits, smoked salmon, filling grains, a variety of veggies and a simple dressing can turn your bed of greens into a satiating, healthy breakfast salad.

Gearing you up on the right track, we've rounded the top 12 breakfast salad recipes that will become your new everyday savory breakfast staple.

1. Arugula, Asparagus, and Avocado Breakfast Salad

If you're new to the world of breakfast salads, start off simple. A soft boiled egg - or hard boiled if you prefer - slices of avocado, fresh asparagus, and micro greens on top of a bed of arugula is all you need to kick start your morning and your new found love of salad for breakfast.

Get the recipe here.

2. Warm Green Breakfast Bowl

This is the breakfast salad made for winter. Filling quinoa, kale, baby spinach, avocado, almonds, garlic, and haloumi all topped with a perfectly poached egg. Healthy and hearty, it will get you through those cold winter mornings.

Get the recipe here.

3. Breakfast Salad

With a little prep, this loaded breakfast salad is easy to throw together. To save time, the night before prepare the apple cider vinaigrette and the homemade croutons. Then in the morning all you need to do is load up your plate with a handful of tender greens, cherry tomatoes, fresh feta, thinly sliced radish, avocado, and poached egg. Top with the pre-made croutons and dressing, and breakfast is served.

Get the recipe here.

4. Mediterranean Breakfast Salad

Whether you guys are trying to eat healthier or simply want a savory, satiating breakfast, the Mediterranean Breakfast Salad is the way to go. Loaded in goodness, this salad is pilled high with veggies like ripe avocado, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber all on top a bed of arugula and fresh mixed herbs.

This salad also includes your much needed morning protein with the help of some almonds, quinoa, and a soft boiled egg. With a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a hint of lemon juice, your breakfast salad is complete.

Get the recipe here.

5. Smoked Salmon, Avocado, and Rocket Salad

This right here is a favorite. Simple, delicious, and packed with nutrients as well as protein, with a breakfast recipe like this you'll want breakfast salads every morning. Arugula is topped with creamy avocado, satiating smoked salmon, fresh cucumber, and a easy lime and olive oil dressing. One bite, and it will be your new go to.

Get the recipe here.

6. Salmon Kale Superfood Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

Trying to incorporate more greens and healthy foods into the diet can be rough. That's why you simply must try this superfood packed salad. Low-carb, gluten-free, and paleo, this salad is filled with healthy fats and antioxidants. Salmon, fresh blueberries, kale, and pistachios are topped with a yummy creamy poppyseed lemon vinaigrette.

If you don't have time to make the vinaigrette, or are looking to cut down on calories, do a simple balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing instead.

Get the recipe here.

7. Grapefruit, Avocado, and Prosciutto

Trying to cut back on greasy bacon? Try prosciutto on your salad. The salty, thinly sliced prosciutto paired with avocado, ruby red grapefruit, and microgreens will make you feel like you're eating Sunday Brunch every morning.

Find the recipe here.

8. Avocado Citrus Crunch Salad with Oat Croutons

Half a grapefruit is an excellent way to start the day, but sometimes you need a little more. That's where this Avocado Citrus Crunch Salad comes in. Thinly sliced red onion, fresh avocado, grapefruit, naval oranges, homemade oat croutons, and a homemade tangy black pepper buttermilk dressing are pilled onto crisp butter lettuce for a sensational breakfast salad that everyone will envy.

Get the recipe here.

9. Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

This Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad is perfect for when the weather starts to warm up. Creamy avocado, juicy strawberries, thinly sliced red onion, crunchy walnuts, and feta cheese on top of fresh spinach may sound like lunch, but really, it's the new spring time breakfast.

Get the recipe here.

10. Nectarine Salad with Spinach and Toasted Walnut

Need a delicious salad that is in line with a paleo or Whole30 diet? Look no further. This salad is diet friendly and insanely tasty. Fresh juicy nectarines, crunchy bacon, walnuts, and fresh spinach with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette, need I say more?

Get the recipe here.

11. Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

If you've just got to have bacon and eggs for breakfast, try them in salad form with this Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon dressing. A bed of fresh spinach is topped with soft boiled eggs, mushrooms and a savory homemade bacon dressing. With this salad you can have your morning favorites, and manage to eat your greens too.

Get the recipe here.

12. Mexican Breakfast Salad

Love breakfast burritos but want more veggies in your diet? Try this Mexican Breakfast Salad. Trading in the tortilla for more nutrient dense ingredients, this salad will fill you up and satisfy your burrito craving. Veggies, black beans, chorizo, and queso fresco topped with a fried egg and salsa? Yes please. Who else wants one?

Get the recipe here.

This article was originally published on February 13, 2018.

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