BLT Summer Rolls with Avocado {GF, DF}

BLT Summer Rolls with Avocado {GF, DF}

The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form — BLT Summer Rolls with Avocado – are made with only six ingredients and 30 minutes and make for the perfect appetizer, lunch or light dinner. No bread to distract you from the full flavors of the real stars in the standard sandwich. Low carb, dairy free and gluten free. 

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The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form -- BLT Summer Rolls with Avocado - are made with only six ingredients and make for the perfect appetizer, lunch or light dinner. No bread to distract you from the full flavors of the real stars in the standard sandwich. Low carb, dairy free and gluten free.

So lately I’ve been on a serious summer roll kick. It’s what I’ve been craving and making several times in the past month.

It must be the lack of fall here in Costa Rica. Instead of golden and red colored leaves floating through the sky and cold breezes it’s been hot sunlight and scorching temperatures.

It’s no wonder I’m not dying for my vegan quinoa black bean pumpkin soup at this time of year.

Instead I want cold no cook meals. Something light and crisp.

Summer rolls are perfect for the occasion. Over the years I’ve made all sorts of summer rolls from vegan veggies summer rolls, to shrimp and cucumber summer rolls to my most recent vegan summer rolls with mango and avocado.

Now I wanted bacon though. Surprisingly whenever I travel internationally I crave BLTs. This happened the first time back in 2013 when D and I spent 9 months backpacking around Asia. One week it just hit me. I didn’t want Thai curries and noodles, I just wanted a proper well made BLT sandwich.

It sounds super simple, but when you’re in Asia it can be fairly difficult to find some western favorites sometimes.

I found a spot though. A small expat owned cafe in Chiang Mai, a city in Northern Thailand. They had a simple and delicious BLT. Well toasted bread, crunchy bacon, juicy tomatoes, refreshing lettuce and a light spread of mayo. For $2 it was perfect.

And the only thing I ate for a solid 2 or 3 days.

Sometimes you just have to give your body what it wants.

Here in Costa Rica that BLT urge came rolling by again. This time instead of bread I wanted to try making BLT summer rolls, with avocado of course.

Who needs the bread anyway? It’s just a filler that dilutes the full flavor or the rest of the ingredients, if you ask me.

The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form -- BLT Summer Rolls with Avocado - are made with only six ingredients and make for the perfect appetizer, lunch or light dinner. No bread to distract you from the full flavors of the real stars in the standard sandwich. Low carb, dairy free and gluten free.

With these BLT summer rolls you just have to cook the bacon, chop the other ingredients, wet the rice paper and roll everything up.

I didn’t tuck the ends of wrappers in for a bit of a messy free form look. This also cuts out some prep time so that’s always nicely appreciated.

For this recipe you just need six ingredients – bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, mayonnaise and rice paper wrappers.

Simple, to the point, and delicious. Crunchy bacon, smooth and creamy avocado and mayo, juicey tomatoes and refreshing lettuce, all wrapped up in silky soft rice paper rolls.

With these BLT summer rolls you really get the full flavor of the most important ingredients.

Light, low carb and hearty these make for a perfect lunch or light dinner meal.

I’m enjoying these in 90 degree whether but I have a feeling these are great year round.

The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form -- BLT Summer Rolls with Avocado - are made with only six ingredients and make for the perfect appetizer, lunch or light dinner. No bread to distract you from the full flavors of the real stars in the standard sandwich. Low carb, dairy free and gluten free.

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BLT Summer Rolls with Avocado {GF, DF}

The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form -- BLT Summer Rolls with Avocado - are made with only six ingredients and make for the perfect appetizer, lunch or light dinner. No bread to distract you from the full flavors of the real stars in the standard sandwich. Low carb, dairy free and gluten free.

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 - 1 large tomato
  • 1/2 - 1 avocado
  • 4 rice paper wrappers
  • 4 large butter lettuce leaves
  • 8 teaspoons mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon in pan until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
  2. Fill large bowl with warm water and dip rice paper rolls in water until soft. Place on plate in front of you.
  3. Layer lettuce, tomato, avocado, 2 slices bacon and mayonnaise on the rice paper roll.
  4. Keeping the ends open tightly roll the rice paper away from you.
  5. Slice in half.
  6. Repeat with remaining rice paper wrappers.
Recipe Type: Lunch
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Comments

  1. says

    These look so good… Im kind of afraid I might eat them for days and days… I mean bacon and avocado without bread? Yes, Im sure Im going to want this for lunch every day for a while….. 🙂

  2. says

    There’s something about bacon that screams “home” isn’t there?! I love traveling and tasting all the local foods, but like you, when I’ve been out for a length of time, I need something that’s home-cooked flavors.

    I love your twist on the BLT – turning it into a summer roll is genius!

    • Vicky says

      Oh absolutely about bacon screaming home! And yes when you’ve been away for a while you really do get that urge to feel some sort of home in the food : )

  3. says

    That is too funny. Konrad seems to get crazy BLT cravings every time we are in Asia as well 🙂 Tomorrow is his birthday and we are going to a Western breakfast place here in Chiang Mai. I bet you there will at least be bacon in his meal 🙂
    And your summer rolls look amazing!

    • Vicky says

      Lettuce wrapped burgers are the best!! I make those all the time! Would love to hear which ones you’ve been making and can’t wait to follow along your new Canada journey!!!

  4. Kayla says

    First try at rolling them didn’t go well but after I got the hang of it they were easy to make and a big hit with the family

    • Vicky says

      Glad to hear that about the initial attempt it all worked out! It can be find of tricky figuring out how to roll them up nicely — took me a few tries as well!

  5. ROYLENE CUTTRESS says

    Where do I find the rice paper wraps in Southern California, since I need to eat gluten free this is perfect for me?

    • Vicky says

      You can usually find them in the Asian aisle of a regular supermarket. Whole Foods definitely has them as do all Asian grocery stores. Or you can order them online on Amazon.

  6. Britni says

    These look delicious! Do you have any experience making these ahead of time? Wondering if they’d store ok in the fridge before eating them.

  7. says

    Happy Friday! Just letting you know I featured this in my weekly Low-Carb Recipe Love on Fridays post. Hope a lot of my readers will click over here and get the recipe!

  8. Kirsten Dangler says

    Can you tell me the diameter of the wrappers? I would use the low carb tortillas because I am low carb.

    Are they the taco size?

    • Vicky says

      Thanks! I think an avocado aioli (blended avocado with a bit of coconut cream, cilantro, lime juice and clove of garlic) should do the trick!

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