It would be a lie to say I’m not a fan of avocado toast. In fact, it used to be my go-to morning meal when I couldn’t be bothered to whip up anything more elaborate. That all changed when I uncovered the true potential of toast recipes and discovered just how many variations existed. The possibilities are endless when seeking out tasty toast toppers, and we’ve compiled the perfect list to get your creative juices flowing.

Good quality bread is a great way to take toast to the next level, but feel no shame if all you have in your pantry is a store-bought loaf. Once you’ve selected your bread, bold flavors and unique textures make it easy to curate the ultimate toast. From ricotta to smoked salmon, you’ll want to wake up to these toast recipes all week.

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

8 Toast Recipes That Are Actually Worth The Hype

Mushroom Toast with Arugula & Lemon

Why We Love It: Mushroom toast recently took the internet by storm. The nutritional benefits of mushrooms make them a great topping to incorporate into your morning routine. Add a pop of green with fresh arugula and pile your toppings on a layer of creamy ricotta.

Hero Ingredient: The shiitake mushrooms are the key to a rich, umami morning toast.

Yogurt Toast with Peanut Butter and Banana

Why We Love It: Greek yogurt, with its tangy and velvety texture, is the perfect partner for crunchy toppings like granola and sweetness from peanut butter. These toast toppings incorporate protein and easily digestible ingredients to enjoy any time of day.

Hero Ingredient: A sprinkle of granola adds a great element of texture to this toast.

Scrambled Egg and Mushroom Toast

Why We Love It: If you struggle to incorporate enough protein into your morning meal, the powerful combo of mushrooms and eggs makes things a bit easier. A good-quality nonstick pan will transform your life (trust me), and if you’re short on time, feel free to cook all of these ingredients together.

Hero Ingredient: Arugula and mushrooms is a top-tier combination.

Sautéed Garlic, Carrot, and Hummus Toasts

Why We Love It: This savory toast brings me back to one of my favorite childhood snacks. Carrots and hummus are a classic and simple way to throw together an afternoon snack that doesn’t fail to excite.

Hero Ingredient: Fresh carrots bring the perfect crunchiness.

Tuna and Avocado Toast with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Pesto

Why We Love It: This recipe is a far cry from your basic brunch. Inspired by the classic summertime favorite salad niçoise, this toast combines the flavors of the traditional recipe with creamy avocado and spoons it all on crusty sourdough bread. Truly, what’s not to love?

Hero Ingredient: It’s the sourdough for me. Not only will I take any excuse to enjoy my favorite bread, but it makes this dish 100% picnic-friendly.

Burrata Toasts with Caramelized Walnuts and Mint-Pomegranate Pesto

Why We Love It: I could eat pesto on its own, but pairing it with fresh fruit flavors like pomegranate brings this classic topping to a whole new level. Burrata cheese balances these bold flavors in the best way possible, but feel free to add these toppings to anything from sweet potatoes to salmon!

Hero Ingredient: Biting into a juicy pomegranate seed is an unmatched pleasure.

Bruschetta with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes and Ricotta

Why We Love It: Ah, bruschetta. This topping never fails to make me feel as if I’m sitting seaside at a restaurant in Italy. Slow roasting your cherry tomatoes is the key to enhancing all the juicy flavors this fruit has to offer.

Hero Ingredient: Fresh sourdough is necessary for the best bruschetta toast.

Smoked Salmon Toast with Mustard and Herbs

Why We Love It: If you haven’t expanded your palate and tried quality smoked salmon, this recipe will change that. Inspired by the widely-loved smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, this recipe uses mustard as a zesty and light base and pumpernickel bread that pair together to brighten up your morning.

Hero Ingredient: A good-quality mustard goes a long way.

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