The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form — BLT Lettuce Wraps with Avocado wrapped up in rice paper wrappers for easy eating. Low Carb – NO bread needed! – these 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, paleo, dairy free and gluten free.
Summer roll recipe? YES! Lately I’ve been on a serious summer roll recipe 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.
Instead I want cold no cook meals. Something light and crisp.
A Summer roll recipe is perfect for the occasion. Over the years I’ve made all sorts of appetizer “roll” style recipes – my current favorites being my avocado and vegan summer rolls, vegan zucchini rolls, and turkey avocado rolls.
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 a BLT summer roll recipe, with avocado of course. Think BLT lettuce wraps.
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. We’re all just really trying to get more of key ingredients – bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomatoes. I mostly just need a convenient way to package all of these ingredients together and rice paper wrappers serve their purpose well in this situation.
With these BLT lettuce wraps you just have to cook the bacon, chop the other ingredients, wet the rice paper and roll everything up. The rice paper allows for easy eating of these BLT lettuce wraps — it holds everything compactly together – as opposed to lettuce and the ingredients falling apart.
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 summer roll 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, juicy tomatoes and refreshing lettuce, all wrapped up in silky soft rice paper rolls.
With these BLT lettuce wraps recipe 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.
What do you think of summer rolls? Do you love them as much as I do? I can eat them all day long, day after day, just switch up the fillings on me a bit, and I’m happy. I just love how super light and refreshing they are, with none of those heavy carbs or that feeling that I hate after eating a big bread filled sandwich.
I’ll take a summer roll over a sandwich anyday! Especially now that I’ve found a way to turn my favorite BLT into easy BLT lettuce wraps
How to make BLT lettuce wraps with avocado:
BLT Lettuce Wraps- The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form -- in a Summer Roll recipe with Avocado - these 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, paleo, dairy free and gluten free.
- 8 slices bacon use turkey bacon for a lighter, healthier recipe
- 1/2 - 1 large tomato
- 1/2 - 1 avocado
- 4 rice paper wrappers
- 4 large butter lettuce leaves
- 8 teaspoons mayonnaise use 4 teaspoons for a lighter recipe
- 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.
Each BLT roll (before cutting in half): calories: 476 protein: 8.5g If using turkey bacon, 1/2 avocado and only 4 teaspoons mayo, each BLT roll (before cutting in half): calories: 214 protein: 6g