So, April is National BLT Month. Not that we ever need a reason to eat plant-based bacon, but we’ll gladly accept an excuse to eat it sandwiched between two pieces of bread with tomato and lettuce. BLTs date back to the early 1900s and are thought to have been inspired by club sandwiches, which are very similar in composition. Whatever the reason, we’re that these sandwiches have stood the test of time because when you’re hungry, throwing together a vegan BLT sandwich is one of the easiest, most satisfying things you can make — and there are so many ways to do it. You can make Portobello Bacon, Jackfruit Bacon, Beet Bacon, and more.
Let’s get right to it — here are seven different ways to take the classic BLT and make it vegan.
Coconut bacon is delicious, but if you’re craving a classic-style BLT, it’s missing one thing: the bacon shape. Enter this recipe for the Rice Paper BLT Sandwich. The rice paper bacon crispy, a bit chewy, smoky, and it will satisfy any salty cravings you have — plus, it’s easy to make. Pair this sammy with your favorite greens, fresh tomato, and a healthy dose of cashew cheese and you have yourself a lunch that you will want to make again and again.
How do you make a plant-based BLT even better? Serve it on an everything bagel! In this Homemade Everything Bagel BLT, crispy, smoky, slow-cooked tofu bacon is served between two fluffy, homemade everything bagels with fresh tomato and crisp lettuce. You’ll be the target of some serious lunch envy.
In this Portobello Mushroom BLT Sandwich, the B stands for “better.” What could be better than smoky bacon made from meaty Portobello mushrooms? Nothing, except having it on this yummy sandwich.
This BLT Salad With Creamy Ranch will be your favorite summer salad. It’s made with crispy romaine, tempeh bacon, and a cool and creamy herb ranch dressing that’s completely dairy-free. It is then topped off with some garlic chickpea croutons for some extra protein. This will serve about two people as an entrée or four people as a side.
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How awesome is it that there are so many different ways to make plant-based bacon? Tempeh bacon was already delicious, but in this Maple Sriracha Tempeh Bacon BLT, it’s marinated in a sweet, spicy, and smoky sauce and then baked until crispy around the edges. It pairs perfectly with the creamy dill mayonnaise made from cashews.
The dressing on this Ranch BLT With Portobello Mushroom Bacon takes it to the max but don’t forget to toast the bread because it’ll make everything taste that much better. Or you can even put the dressing between the veggie layers instead of next to the bread. The ranch isn’t an exact replica, rather it tastes slightly like gravy. The bacon is super, ultra sweet but it is also wonderfully smoky and salty.
A great vegan BLT sandwich is one of the simplest kinds of satisfying sandwiches there are. Once in a while, though, the sandwich idea sounds good, but a little change-up is in order. This Simple BLT Salad has all the flavors of a good BLT, but the “B” is not vegan bacon. It’s for the black beans in the recipe, which are spiced with smoky flavors, like bacon bits. This salad is complete with homemade croutons and a mayo-based dressing.
Of course, this doesn’t even cover all the different ways you can make plant-based bacon. So check out our vegan bacon recipes page, then get out there and make the best veggie BLT you’ve ever had!
Lead image source: Portobello Mushroom BLT Sandwich