As you’ve likely seen, toast is officially a thing, with menus across the country serving up fancily topped takes on once-simply buttered slices of bread. And for good reason: A slice of good bread makes the perfect base for salty or sweet topping combos, and is sturdy enough for layering on all different types of textures: creamy ricotta or almond butter, crunchy nuts or seeds, hearty proteins like mashed chickpeas or canned tuna. Not just a trend, a gussied-up slice of bread can also be a practical solution for an on-the-go breakfast or kitchen sink dinner. Here, inspiration for how to top yours.
1. Goat Cheese + Avocado
If avocado toast isn’t already your go-to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it should be. This one gets topped with crumbled goat cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, and crushed red pepper flakes for some heat.
2. Roasted Mushrooms + Thyme + Gruyere
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Think of this savory option as an open-faced grilled cheese, all grown up with roasted mushrooms topped with a layer of melted Gruyere.
3. Mashed Chickpeas + Tahini + Parsley + Lemon
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If you like hummus, you’ll love this DIY take on the popular dip. You simply mash some chickpeas with a fork, add a spoonful of tahini (sesame paste), a little chopped parsley, and a squeeze of lemon and season with salt.
4. Ricotta + Roasted Grapes
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Roasting grapes intensifies the fruit’s flavor and makes their texture soft and juicy. Paired with fresh ricotta, grapes make these toasts a treat for breakfast or an easy appetizer for friends.
5. Raspberry Chia Seed Jam + Almond Butter + Coconut Flakes
In this brilliant four-ingredient chia jam, the superseed plays well with frozen raspberries, maple syrup, and a splash of vanilla extract. Slather it on toast with almond butter and unsweetened coconut flakes for a healthy breakfast or dessert.
6. Avocado + Heirloom Tomatoes + Balsamic Drizzle
File this toast away for summer: Heirloom tomatoes (go for a variety of colors for the prettiest effect) and avocado get drizzled with balsamic, made syrupy after simmering on the stove for 10 minutes.
7. Goat Cheese + Walnuts + Honey
These toasts get slathered in goat cheese, sprinkled with chopped walnuts, and drizzled with walnut oil (totally fine to sub in olive) and then baked until the cheese warms through. A generous drizzle of honey makes them a pretty irresistible—and gorgeous—breakfast or dessert.
8. Brie + Blackberries
Smashing berries in a bowl with the back of a spoon makes them jam-like and easily spreadable over this piece of toast with melted Brie. This one is also delicious with a substitution of raspberries.
9. Sardines + Arugula + Quick-Pickled Red Onions
If you’re the type who’s squirming over the thought of sardines, fear not: The canned fish, a superfood brimming with protein, omega-3s, and vitamin B12, are tough not to like when paired with simply dressed arugula and briney quick-pickled red onions in this lunch toast.
10. Melon + Prosciutto
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The beloved Italian appetizer enters toast territory with a layer of cream cheese and generous sprinkle of black pepper. Don’t have cantaloupe? Sub in thin slices of plums, nectarines, or peaches.