Mayo-Free BLT

We’re all familiar with the classic BLT—bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

The protopantry actually contains the ingredients for homemade mayonnaise (I like this recipe). But, I’ve heard grumbling that *some* of y’all don’t like mayo anyway :)

This BLT recipe is totally painless, and brings a fresh taste of summer to the cold, gray days of winter. Plus, it’s quick enough to make in the morning before work—absolutely no chopping required.

Yield: 1 serving, doubles easily

Time: 10-15 minutes

This recipe is adapted from


  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced (we used pre-minced)

  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, well-drained

  • 2 slices bread, toasted (use any type you like for sandwiches, including gluten-free if needed)

  • 1 handful salad greens or spinach (we used arugula)

  • 3 slices bacon

  • Pepper to taste 


  1. Cook the bacon in a skillet or in the microwave. Cook the bacon in the microwave by placing it on a microwave-safe dish between four sheets of paper towel (two sheets beneath the bacon and two above). Microwave on high for four-six minutes, checking bacon every 30 seconds after four minutes for doneness.

  2. While the bacon cooks, combine the oil, diced tomatoes, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl.

  3. Assemble the sandwich by placing salad greens, tomato mixture, and slices of bacon on toasted bread.

  4. Cut the sandwich in half or as desired and serve.

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