6 Amazing BLTs That Aren't Sandwiches (BLT Pasta Salad, Dip & More!)
We’re coming up on tomato season, which means those vine-ripened orbs of summery goodness are about to start flooding the markets. I wait all year for that moment! One thing I love to eat in late summer but don’t even think about during the rest of the year is a BLT.
There’s just something about the combination of just-ripe tomatoes, salty bacon and cool, crisp lettuce (on toasted white bread with mayo, of course!). It’s absolute perfection. But a gal can eat only so many sandwiches. Here are some other delicious ways to enjoy the BLT trifecta.
BLT Pasta Salad (pictured above)
Two summertime classics — pasta salad and the BLT — come together to create a dish that’s packed with flavor. Fresh herbs like thyme and chives add freshness to the creamy dressing.
Sandra Lee’s cool, creamy four-ingredient dip is studded with sun-dried tomatoes and bacon bits. It’s cleverly presented inside a hollowed-out head of iceberg lettuce and served with pita wedges.
This lighter all-in-one dinner incorporates all the best parts of a BLT without adding all those extra calories. So go ahead and have a second helping.
Bacon, lettuce and tomato take a turn in a supporting role — bolstering the potatoes served alongside juicy marinated steak. In this BLT combo, the “L” stands for leeks instead of lettuce.
In this summery side dish the bread, the bacon, the lettuce and even the mayo get stuffed inside a ripe tomato before being baked until tender. Try these alongside grilled meats, or paired with a salad for a light meal.
Sunny Anderson’s hearty salad, featured in Food Network Magazine, is a meal in itself. Homemade croutons provide crunch while an easy four-ingredient dressing adds tang. She glazes her bacon with maple syrup too!