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When tomato season is at its peak, pick out the juiciest ones you can find in both red and yellow shades to make these eye-catching vegan BLTAs. Creamy avocado slices, smoky carrot “bacon,” and a zesty chickpea-based spread add tons of flavor and texture that will banish any thoughts that sandwiches are boring. The key to an extra delicious BLTA? Toasting the bread just before stacking it all together. The warm, crispy bread perfectly complements the cool and creamy fillings so each bite takes you to sandwich heaven.

Vegan BLTA with Carrot Bacon on wooden cutting board

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoons orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 large carrots, cut lengthwise into thin strips (about ⅛ inch thick)
  • 8 slices 100% whole wheat bread, toasted
  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added chickpeas, liquid (aquafaba) drained and reserved
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sliced scallion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 1 red tomato, sliced
  • 1 yellow tomato, sliced
  • 1 medium avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced

Instructions

  1. For marinade, in a small bowl combine the first five ingredients (through paprika). Set a resealable plastic bag in a shallow dish. Place carrots in the bag. Add marinade; seal bag and turn to coat carrots. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Drain carrots, reserving marinade. Place carrots on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until carrots are lightly browned, turning occasionally and brushing with reserved marinade. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For Zesty Sandwich Spread, in a food processor combine chickpeas, 3 tablespoons of the aquafaba, nutritional yeast, tahini, lemon juice, dry mustard, curry powder, and cayenne pepper. Process until smooth. Stir in scallions and parsley. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Makes 1⅔ cups; store leftovers in airtight container in the fridge.
  4. Spread toast with Zesty Sandwich Spread. Add carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado. Serve immediately.

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i love this recipe!!!!! i have made it soooo many times. sometimes i am too lazy to make the carrot bacon so i make the hummus only and add the maple syrup and aminos to it instead (just a little).

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This was really tasty! I made a few mods tho… I added a half tsp liquid smoke to the marinade and added thinly slide tempeh with the carrots. Baked it together they came out great! I wasn’t sure about the humus spread at first but it grew on me. Had a slight deviled egg flavor, I think from the mustard but it was very good on the sandwich. Between the Smokey carrots, tempeh and hummus spread this was the best “V”LT I ever had! I didn’t have any ripe avocado but am definitely going to add next time.

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Nancy Macklin

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a master of science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Nancy worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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