Nothing better than a Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich!
There’s nothing better than a Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich in the summer! Especially, and ONLY, if made with farm fresh juicy tomatoes! I think we can ALL agree on that!
Last week, Candace asked me to go to the Farmer’s Market with her. So, I did . . . just so I could get some fresh tomatoes. So far, Lynn hasn’t gotten our garden boxes made, with all the physical issues he has had since we moved here. Therefore, ANY chance I have to get fresh tomatoes, or fresh produce of any kind, I’m going to take it!
Farm Fresh Tomatoes!
There was a display with the farm fresh tomatoes . . . large and ripe, just like my Daddy used to grow in his garden. I purchased the big red ones, but a lady came to me and asked if I liked the purple tomatoes (center in the picture). Since I’ve never eaten one, I told her I didn’t know. The lady who owned the booth handed me one and said, “Take this to your husband. I guarantee that you will buy these the next time you come here!” Wow! A FREE tomato! Well, so far, we haven’t eaten the purple one, and I don’t even know the name of it. But I can tell you that the big red tomatoes taste just like the ones my Daddy grew years ago. In fact, I don’t think I have had a good one like this since he passed away. I am THRILLED to find these nice tomatoes!!!
BLT’s and Ezekiel Bread . . .
Although BLT’s can be made using any bread, I decided to use Ezekiel bread because it is healthier. If you aren’t familiar with Ezekiel bread, it is a healthy bread based on Ezekiel 4:9 in the Old Testament:
“Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…”
If it was good enough for Ezekiel, it surely is good enough for us! Back to the BLT’s . . .
Making the Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwiches . . .
Bacon lettuce Tomato Sandwiches are quick and easy, and a delicious sandwich for lunch or dinner, especially in the summer, when locally-grown tomatoes are available at Farmer’s Markets.
There are a few things that you have to do in order to put these tasty sandwiches together.
- Fry the bacon and have it draining on paper towels
- Rinse lettuce, drain well on paper towels so most or all of the water is off the leaves
- Wash the tomatoes and slice
- Toast the Ezekiel bread
Once you have all those steps done, it’s assembly time!
Sliced farm fresh tomatoes, red and juicy!
Mayonnaise was spread on the toasted bread and a slice of the fresh tomato placed on top of the mayo.
The next step was to add the lettuce. I used a spring mix lettuce for the color as well as the flavor and texture. Any lettuce will do, but this was great! We are ALMOST ready to eat this delicious sandwich!
And then the bacon . . . 3-4 slices of crisp bacon with the lettuce and tomato for a superb BLT Sandwich!
This was our first Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich of the season, but I think it will probably be the best! The fresh tomatoes and lettuce with the healthy bread and bacon absolutely hit the spot. I can’t wait until I have these sandwiches again!
What is your favorite bread to use for BLT sandwiches? And, do you use mayonnaise or a different sandwich spread?
Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich Recipe
- 8 slices Ezekiel bread or other bread
- 12 slices bacon
- 1-2 tomatoes, fresh, cut in 1/2-inch slices (whether you use 1 or 2 depends on the size of the tomatoes)
- Lettuce, spring mix or other lettuce
Fry the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
Wash and drain lettuce until most of the water is off the leaves. I usually wrap the lettuce in paper towels and gently press to help get any remaining water out. Set aside.
Slice the tomatoes in 1/2-inch slices. Set aside.
Toast 2 pieces of Ezekiel (or other bread) for each sandwich–8 for 4 sandwiches.
Place 1 slice of toasted bread on each plate.
Spread with mayonnaise. Place a tomato slice on top of the mayonnaise.
Add a layer of the lettuce.
Place 3-4 bacon pieces on top of the lettuce.
Top with the other slice of toasted bread. Cut in half diagonally. NOTE: You may want to spread mayonnaise on BOTH slices of the bread. That is your choice. We like it on both, but some people don’t.
Serve with your favorite chips or salad.