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BLT Sandwich with Avocado with Garden Vegetables

The traditional BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich) is taken to a new level in this delightful lunchtime recipe which adds Haas avocados for an extra bit of creaminess. 

Classic BLT sandwich with avocado

Traditional BLT Taken to a New Level.

I love BLTs. Always have, always will. They are hearty and full of fresh goodness (from the garden today!)  There isn’t a lot that one can do to them to make them even more special, but I tried. (and think I succeeded too!)

The recipe starts with my home made Italian herb bread.  You can use any crusty bread, of course, but since I made this bread this morning, it was just begging me to do something special with it.

Crusty Italian herb breadThe next step was a trip out to my garden.  Like last year, the squirrels got many of my tomatoes, but I do have some determinates that are growing very nicely and for some reason, they leave them alone.

Fresh from the garden tomatoes

Add in some fresh Romaine lettuce, ’cause a BLT is no BLT without lettuce.  And finally, a nice ripe Haas Avocado.  (you can also use a Slimcado – aka Florida Avocado if you want to save on calories.)

romaine lettuceFor the bacon, I used thick cut center bacon…just because.  (it’s bacon folks, might as well enjoy the experience with some of the thick stuff.)  Into the oven it goes.  I always bake my bacon in the oven.  Trust me.  After you have done it once, you will too.  I had friends over for brunch the other day and they told me that it was the best bacon they had ever eaten. (and believe me, these are serious breakfast eaters.)  Cooking it in the oven removes a great deal of the fat but crisps it up nicely.  Here it is after it is baked:

Bacon from the ovenLast step is putting it together. For today, I used Vegan Mayonnaise.  I actually prefer it to the normal mayo.  You can skip this if you want. (the sandwich is nice and rich so doesn’t really need mayo, but I like my BLTs with mayo.  (You could also mash some avocado and use it on the bread for extra creaminess.  I’m going to try it that way the next time I make one.

Vegan MayonnaisePlace the lettuce on the fresh toasted bread, top with slices of the fresh tomatoes, slices of avocado, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with the other slice of bread and cut in half. This is one mighty looking sandwich!

BLT with avocado sandwich I added a toothpick with a home grown yellow cherry tomato to hold it together.  Add a cup of light soup and you have a wonderful, hearty and delicious lunch time meal.

Open face BLT sandwich with avocado

You could also serve it open face to save on some of the calories.

Yield: 2

BLT Sandwich with Avocado

BLT Sandwich with Avocado

Take your normal BLT and ad in the creaminess of avocado and you have a whole new level of eating experience.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 slices of crusty bread
  • 2 slices of thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 tomatoes
  • 1/4 Haas avocado
  • 2 Romaine lettuce leaves
  • dash of Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp of Vegan Mayonnaise


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Cook the bacon for 15 minutes, and drain on paper towels
  2. Slice the bread thickly - four slices. Lightly toast the bread.
  3. Spread a tsp of the Vegan mayonnaise on each slice of the bread.
  4. Place a slice of the romaine lettuce, two slices of fresh tomato, a strip of bacon and w slices of avocado. Repeat the bacon and avocado.
  5. Top with the other slice of bread and add a yellow cherry tomato for color.
  6. Serve with a bowl of your favorite soup.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 605mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 10g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.


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Paula SweetPea

Wednesday 10th of September 2014

This looks absolutely delicious!!


Wednesday 10th of September 2014

Hi Paula. It really is good. One of the best sandwiches I have made in ages! Carol


Monday 25th of August 2014

Adding the avocado certainly elevates a plain old BLT - one of my favourites!!


Monday 25th of August 2014

Hi Heather. We had it for lunch the other day. Very tasty! Carol

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