simple menu for brunch

Simple Menu for Brunch Ideas

The Art of the Easy Brunch


Imagine the sun pouring into your dining room, kitchen or outdoor patio casting a warm, inviting glow over the table set with vibrant, fresh food, the aroma of coffee wafting through the air, the soft hum of conversation and laughter filling the room. This is the quintessential brunch experience we all crave. Yet, the thought of planning and preparing for such an event can often be daunting. Fear not, dear hosts, cooks, and entertainers! A delightful brunch doesn’t need to be a fuss. It’s all about the planning and preparation, a balance of flavors, and a dash of love.


Brunch, that beloved mid-morning meal, is a versatile affair. It allows for a range of dishes, from sweet to savory, light to hearty, traditional to experimental. The key to a successful brunch is to keep it simple and manageable. Plan for something sweet, something savory, a refreshing fruit, and a comforting bread. By keeping things focused on a simple menu for brunch, you ensure that every dish shines and your guests are satisfied without being overwhelmed.


One of the best parts of brunch is that many dishes can be prepared in advance, freeing up your morning for last-minute preparations and allowing you to enjoy the company of your guests. So, don your apron, roll up your sleeves, and let’s dive into some easy brunch ideas that are sure to impress your guests without causing you stress.

A Sweet Start

Overnight French Toast Bake 

Casseroles are a host’s best friend, and this Overnight French Toast Bake is no exception. Made with thick slices of bread soaked overnight in a sweet custard, this dish bakes up to be soft and custardy on the inside, with a beautiful golden crust on the outside. Throw in some berries or chocolate chips for an extra layer of flavor. Best of all, the majority of the work is done the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is pop it in the oven.  Look here for a simple recipe from Kitchen Fun with my Three Sons.

Homemade Granola

A bowl of homemade granola is a crowd-pleaser. Crunchy, sweet, and packed with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, it’s a treat that can be enjoyed on its own or served with yogurt and fresh fruit. Most granolas can be made several days in advance and kept in an airtight container, making it a stress-free choice for your brunch menu. Check out this tasty homemade granola recipe from Once Upon a Chef. 


If you’re nervous about trying to make this popular morning treat, don’t be.  Scones are easier to make than you can imagine. Say goodbye to Starbucks and hello to your own flaky, tender treat with fresh blueberries. Belly Full website walks you through the whole process and by following her suggestions for success you can’t miss.  Blueberry Lemon Scones are a sure crowd pleaser and perfect for any brunch.


Muffins are a delightful addition to any brunch spread. They’re versatile, easy to make in advance, and perfect for guests to grab and enjoy as they mingle. From blueberry and banana nut to chocolate chip and poppy seed, the flavor possibilities are endless. Bake them the night before and warm them up in the oven just before your guests arrive to fill your home with the irresistible smell of fresh-baked goods.  One of our favorites is streusel topped muffins. This recipe comes from Broken Oven Baking and will not disappoint!

simple menu for brunch

Savory Delights

Breakfast Egg Muffins 

These aren’t muffins in the true sense, but because they are cooked in a cupcake pan, we refer to them as muffins. These Breakfast Egg Muffins come together quickly and are another great make-ahead brunch item filled with protein.They are hearty and loaded with fluffy eggs, potato, spinach, melted cheese and crisp bites of bacon.  You can also add sliced cherry tomatoes, cooked sausage, sautéed mushrooms, diced ham, asparagus, or black olives… the possibilities are endless! Natashas Kitchen describes how to bake and store these for use later.


Quiche is a brunch classic that never fails to impress. This savory tart filled with a creamy mixture of eggs, cream, cheese, and various fillings (think spinach, ham, bacon, or mushrooms) is as elegant as it is delicious. Plus, it can be prepared the day before and reheated in the morning, saving you precious time on brunch day. Six Sisters Stuff shares their ham and cheese quiche here. By the way, quiche also makes a delicious dinner or lunch option!

Breakfast Casserole 

For a heartier option, consider a breakfast casserole. Loaded with eggs, cheese, breakfast meats, and veggies, a breakfast casserole is a filling and satisfying dish that can easily be tailored to your guests’ tastes. Like the French Toast Bake, this can be assembled the night before and baked in the morning, freeing up your time and ensuring a hot, fresh dish for your guests to enjoy. The recipe from Two Kooks in the Kitchen for this make-ahead strata gives you the option to make it vegetarian or with sausage.  Both will wow your guests!

Smoked Salmon Platter 

A smoked salmon platter is a simple yet sophisticated option for your brunch menu. Arrange thin slices of smoked salmon with capers, red onion, cream cheese, and bagels or hearty bread for a DIY sandwich station. This requires virtually no cooking and can be set up in minutes, making it an ideal choice for those who prefer to keep their time in the kitchen to a minimum.

Monte Cristo Sandwich Sliders 

If you’re on the hunt for a delicious and unique dish to wow your guests at your next gathering, look no further than Monte Cristo sliders. These tasty  little sandwiches are a delightful twist on the classic Monte Cristo sandwich, perfect for brunch or any time you’re craving a savory and satisfying meal. If you’re new to making these mini delectables, see South Your Mouth for her simple and delicious recipe. These  Monte Cristo Sliders are just the bite-size you’re looking to serve to your guests.

Light and Fresh

Fruit Salad 

A fruit salad is a refreshing and healthy addition to your brunch menu. Use a mix of seasonal fruits for a colorful and tasty dish that your guests will love. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of fresh mint for an extra burst of flavor. The best part? It can be made in advance and kept in the fridge until it’s time to serve. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out how to make a beautiful Fruit Charcuterie Board from Entertaining Diva. She will walk you through the process and you will have an elegant presentation that will add a flash of color to your buffet table.  No brunch is complete without fresh fruit.

Yogurt and Fruit Parfait

This is a popular menu choice because guests get to create their own treat.  With a base of vanilla flavored Greek yogurt, everyone can add the topping that they love and enjoy their personalized parfaits.  Include some fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut, dried fruits, and even some flavored syrups on your bar.  For more suggestions to include in your Fruit and Yogurt bar check out these ideas from brbimcrafting.

Avocado Toast 

For a trendy and healthy option, try avocado toast. Toast some hearty bread, spread on some ripe avocado, and top with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. For a special touch, add a poached egg, a sprinkle of feta cheese, or some smoked salmon. This can be assembled in no time and is sure to be a hit with your guests.  Looking for a new idea for avocado toast check out Mom Endeavors.  Here’s a recipe for Pineapple Avocado Breakfast Toast that adds a bit of protein to your meal.

There you have it, friends. With these simple menu for brunch ideas, you are well on your way to hosting a delightful and stress-free affair. Remember, the key to a successful brunch is to keep it simple and manageable. You can be a brunch champion, but don’t feel as if you have to do it all yourself.  If a thoughtful friend offers to bring something, let them pick up something on the way to your house. Bagels and some cream cheese are always a hit. Or perhaps a box of  good donuts. Every town has a place with top quality donuts, right? They’re a perfect addition to your quick and easy brunch menu. Plan and prepare some items ahead, balance your menu with sweet and savory dishes, and above all, enjoy the process. After all, brunch is as much about the company and conversation as it is about the food.

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