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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:



{ 15 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

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