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.
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.
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.
15 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 8 slices bacon
- 1/2 - 1 large tomato
- 1/2 - 1 avocado
- 4 rice paper wrappers
- 4 large butter lettuce leaves
- 8 teaspoons mayonnaise
- Cook bacon in pan until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
- Fill large bowl with warm water and dip rice paper rolls in water until soft. Place on plate in front of you.
- Layer lettuce, tomato, avocado, 2 slices bacon and mayonnaise on the rice paper roll.
- Keeping the ends open tightly roll the rice paper away from you.
- Slice in half.
- Repeat with remaining rice paper wrappers.