A vegan BLT made with smoky tofu bacon and fresh avocado mayo for a delicious and healthy twist on this classic sandwich. It’s a sandwich everyone will love!
This post is sponsored by Alvarado St. Bakery Co-Op. All opinions are 100% mine.
Happy Friday, friends!
I hope you all are finding ways to enjoy these midsummer days. I’m excited to say that next week I’m headed out of town with a friend for our annual mother/daughter camping trip. Somehow this will be my first camping trip of the summer (I need to work fewer weekends) and I can’t wait to get by some water, set up the tent, and relax for a few days where the stars shine and the skies are endless.
If I could have it my way I would be camping every weekend.
For car camping, these vegan BLT sandwiches are one of my favorite lunches to bring along. They require few ingredients with minimal prep. I typically prepare the marinade for the tofu bacon the day before the trip and pack it in along with all the other food. Not only does this make it super easy to fry up, but the tofu marinates for at least 24 hours making it some of the best tofu bacon I’ve ever had.
Pro tip: Make a little extra tofu to go with your vegan scrambled eggs for a bacon and eggs breakfast the next morning!
Ingredients for BLT
The ingredients for these vegan BLT is in the name. All you need to make a DELICIOUS tofu BLT sandwich is:
- Sandwich bread
- Avocado Mayo
- Tofu Bacon
- and Tomatoes
That’s it! Now let’s break this down further.
What is Avocado Mayo?
Avocado Mayo a mayonaise spread that uses the fat and creaminess of avocado rather than eggs. Not only is my avocado mayo vegan and soy-free. It is also oil-free, made with only a handful of ingredients:
This avocado mayo really makes this vegan BLT special, but for a more traditional sandwich, you can opt for a classic vegan mayo which you can make at home or buy at the store.
How to Make Vegan Bacon
The second key component of this vegan BLT is vegan bacon.
To make the tofu bacon, cut the tofu in 1/2″ strips and set aside. Whisk together the ingredients for the marinade and pour it into a shallow baking dish. In a single layer, place the tofu in the dish so that each piece is fully submerged. Marinate for at least one hour.
When the tofu is ready, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large cast-iron skillet, Once hot, add tofu and pan-fry for about 5 minutes per side, until browned and fragrant.
Best tofu for tofu bacon
For this recipe, look for extra-firm tofu that is not water-packed, such as Trader Joe’s High-Protein Tofu or Wildwood’s Super Firm or Sprouted Tofu. These types of tofu do not have excess water and do not need to be pressed.
If you have to use water-packed tofu make sure to press as much water as you can out of it first by using a tofu press or a weighted, towel-lined cutting board. Press the tofu for at least 1 hour.
Best Bread for Vegan BLT
When attempting to make the best vegan BLT ever, besides getting the perfect smoky tofu bacon and creamy avocado mayo, you want to make sure you have top-quality bread. That’s why my go-to bread for this sandwich comes from Alvarado St. Bakery Co-op.
For the vegan BLT my bread of choice is their Sprouted Whole Wheat Bread – a hearty, flourless bread made from organic whole wheat berries and sweetened with dates.
You may remember me talking about Alvarado here and here and why they are my favorite bakery but let me give you a little recap. Alvarado St. Bakery Co-op is an organic, non-GMO bakery that uses sprouted grains for all their ingredients providing a healthy and delicious product without fail. Beyond that, Alvarado St. Bakery Co-op is an innovative leader in sustainability, operating a green solar-powered bakery focused on waste reduction and pollution prevention. Click the links above to get all the details.
What I haven’t gone into detail about is the cooperative part of Alvarado St. Bakery. For 35 years this bakery has been worker-owned and run. This means that each employee has an equal stake in the company and an equal vote on business matters. Alvarado St. Bakery’s cooperative model values democracy, equality, ownership, and equity. You can read all about their cooperative here.
Assembling the Vegan BLT
Once your tofu bacon is cooked and the avocado mayo is blended, it’s time to assemble your sandwich. Spread a thick layer of avocado mayo on the bottom of a slice of toasted bread. Add Romaine lettuce, tomato slices, and tofu bacon. Top with the second slice of bread and serve.
More Vegan Sandwich Recipes
Do you love vegan sandwiches as much as I do? Then make sure to check out these additional AMAZING vegan sandwich recipes:
- Classic Tempeh Reuben
- Tofu Banh Mi
- Gourmet Vegan Grilled Cheese
- Vegan Philly Cheesesteak
- BBQ “Pulled Pork” Sandwich
But before you go, let’s take a look at the recipe card below.
A vegan BLT made with smoky tofu bacon and fresh avocado mayo for a delicious and healthy twist on this classic sandwich.
Keyword: Vegan BLT
Calories: 339 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
- 2-4 large leaves Romaine lettuce
- 1 large tomato sliced
- 4 slices tofu bacon recipe follows
- 1/4 cup avocado mayo
- 4 slices Sprouted Whole Wheat Bread
- In a bowl mix together the ingredients for the tofu bacon marinade.
Cut the tofu into 1/4" strips and place in a shallow container. Top with the marinade, making sure tofu is completely covered and place in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 1 hour.
- While tofu is marinating make the avocado mayo according to these instructions.
- Prepare lettuce and tomatoes. Toast the bread.
When the tofu is ready, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large cast-iron skillet, Once hot, add tofu and pan-fry for about 5 minutes per side, until browned and fragrant. Remove from skillet.
- Assemble the sandwiches with the avocado mayo on both sides, lettuce, tomato, and tofu bacon. Serve immediately