The Best Vegan BLT Recipe

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I made this out of desperation. I was craving a BLT as was my middle daughter. Not just any BLT though, we wanted one that would blow us out of the water with it’s taste. After a few trials and errors we got it just right!

The secret to this one is salt and maple syrup.

I made this the first time with Vegan bacon, then vegetarian bacon and then with real bacon. I still haven’t found a vegan bacon I really like so I’ve been playing around with making my own. It’s almost ready to share. The vegetarian way was amazing and it’s what is pictured here. The real bacon was a hit too, per the meat eaters that had it, but I can’t vouch for it 100% since I didn’t partake in the bacon eating. Having said that, everyone that ate it said they would never eat bacon any other way… and especially in a BLT. 

I think this might be life changing for BLT lovers. Just saying… 


Let’s get started shall we?

1. Slice and remove the seeds from your tomatoes. Now slightly salt them with sea salt or my favorite Pink Himalayan.

Side story… does anyone else think that tomatoes are totally loosing their flavor? I know that homegrown followed by most heirloom tomatoes have the best flavor and texture, but commercially produced ones have almost no flavor at all anymore. I can only imagine how lacking in nutrients they are too. It just seems to be getting worse and worse… Is anyone else noticing this too? 


2. Slightly toast your bread. We love this bread but sourdough bread works great too if you prefer that. Next,  slather some mayo on both sides of the bread. This helps keep the bread crisp and sealed from the moisture in the tomato. 


4. This is where the magic happens. It is the best and easiest way to cook bacon of any type. I use a toaster oven, but you can cook it in the oven too. 

    1. Spray a thin layer of olive oil on a foil lined cookie sheet. 
    2. Put two slices of bacon on each other to make them thicker and then fill the sheet with the twosies, but don’t let them touch, see picture above.
    3. Spray them all with more olive oil.
    4. Slightly drizzle a very thin line of maple syrup down the center of each bacon bundle.
    5. Cook at 425 till they are the crispiness of your liking.


5. Layer the tomatoes and the lettuce. I love butter lettuce, but use your favorite!


That’s it! Time to eat! Enjoy!


Are you a bacon-aholic? What’s your favorite type?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.