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BLT Lettuce Wraps: THE BEST Late Summer Meal

by Jackie Alpers on August 31, 2013



I had no idea when I made this yesterday that today, AUG. 31st, was NATIONAL BACON DAY.  All I had been thinking was how the BLT is the perfect end-of-summer meal. Tomatoes are at their best, and something about the heat and humidity of the Arizona monsoon season makes me almost totally inert and immobile. This is about all I can muster dinner-wise, so I’m lucky that it’s fairly healthy… It turns out that mayo and bacon are better for us than expected, and my versions is also low-carb. I prefer to ditch the bread in my BLT because it really just gets in the way (which might be why it’s not called a BBLT). Instead, I make mine “protein style” served stuffed in the hollow of a big piece of romaine lettuce for more of the stuff that I really want.

BLT Lettuce Wraps
4 slices on bacon, preferably applewood smoked
1 tomato, sliced thin
2 whole romaine leaves
2 tablespoons mayonaise
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Spread each lettuce leaf with a generous portion of mayo.
  2. Sprinkle with salt & pepper
  3. Top with two strips of bacon, then a layer of sliced tomatoes, and two more slices of bacon.
  4. Enjoy!

BLT Prep:



Here’s the vegetarian version that I make for my husband:



{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy September 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Your pictures are fabulous. I had to fix this for lunch. Thanks for reminding us of such a classic combination in such a great way!

Jackie Alpers September 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Thank you Nancy!
I’ve been eating this all week!

Sherry in Union, KY October 2, 2013 at 7:23 am

I made three of these for breakfast this morning and thoroughly enjoyed them. I left out the mayo and used avocado in it’s place. Wow! Thanks for the idea!

Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists March 22, 2014 at 6:39 am

Your photos are out of this world good! Also, this bacon wrap doesn’t look too bad either!

Jackie Alpers March 22, 2014 at 7:19 am

Thank you!

jennifer hart April 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Absolutely fabulous! This is wonderful without bread! I agree, more of what’s important without bread getting in the way. Also, paleo-friendly!

Janet Fazio December 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

Brilliant idea. Love BLTs, not so much the carbs. This is today’s lunch.

Jackie Alpers December 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

Thanks Janet!

Chris porter January 2, 2015 at 8:43 am

Wonderful reminder that we don’t need the bread! Looks delicious.

Silwin Pereira March 16, 2015 at 9:04 am

Great Idea.

Jan March 22, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Pictures are beautiful. Making this for lunch tomorrow at the beach.

Shar June 18, 2015 at 6:09 am

how do you hold the lettuce wrap with out falling apart everything came out what did I do wrong

Dee March 28, 2017 at 10:25 am

Is it possible for you to put the nutritional stats, I eat low carb and having the net carbs listed is so helpful

Anne November 1, 2017 at 9:29 pm

Aloha: These are great. I love them with basil and red onion also. Sometimes put in watercress for bite. So many great ways to love these.

Blessings, Anne

alan slimm December 5, 2017 at 7:19 pm

BLT is such a classic,but I never got tired of it

Rick Donald April 25, 2018 at 6:27 pm

I’ve made this, with two changes.
1) Avocado oil mayonaise. Don’t use Best Foods or any of those mayonnaises with vegetable oil or canola oil, it’s bad for you.
2) Add some slices of avocado. Yummy!

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