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How to make a deluxe BLT sandwich with marinated tomatoes

Once you taste this deluxe BLT club sandwich, you’ll never go back to a boring old bacon lettuce and tomato again!

A club sandwich on a plate, surrounding a pile of Fritos.
The swords are key!!

The first secret to the very best BLT

I have a thing for club sandwiches. More bread—what’s not to like? But I never used to make BLTs (or FBLTs, as I call them, since I use “fake” bacon in mine) as clubs, because the few times I tried it I had to use an insane amount of mayonnaise for them not to taste dry. And while I love mayonnaise, it was too much.

Then I came across two recipes for bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches that had marinated tomatoes as their key ingredient. And the first time I tried this technique, I knew that I would never put plain tomato slices on a sandwich again. Even if you’re not making a BLT, try this tomato method on your favorite sandwich!

Marinating the tomatoes have turned my BLTs from really good to out of this world, and it only takes a few extra minutes.

How to marinate tomatoes

The America’s Test Kitchen recipe uses two parts red wine vinegar to one part olive oil for the marinade, while the Cook’s Country recipe flips that ratio and uses two parts olive oil to one part red wine vinegar. (Those recipe links might be behind a pay wall, since they’re both part of the America’s Test Kitchen all-access membership. But if you want well tested go-to recipes, the membership is definitely worth it! And you can try it out for free.)

I tried it both ways, and definitely came down on the side of more oil, less vinegar.

You just mix the olive oil and red wine vinegar with some salt and pepper, whisking it until it’s emulsified, meaning that it’s totally mixed together and won’t separate as the tomatoes marinate. Then you soak the tomato slices in the marinade while you toast the bread and get the other sandwich ingredients together.

It’s also worth noting that this is a great way to bring out the flavor of winter tomatoes, which here in the northeast can be rather bland. Think of marinating tomatoes as a power-up: whatever flavor your tomatoes already have, marinating them is going to enhance and multiply that flavor.

Second secret: the “moist-maker”

The other key to this delicious club sandwich is to drizzle the middle slice of toast with the leftover marinade from the tomatoes. I call this the “moist-maker,” named after the gravy-soaked slice of bread on Ross’s special post-Thanksgiving sandwich on Friends (season five, episode 9). This makes the sandwich extra tangy, and takes care of any dryness.

What kind of bread?

This is not the time for hearty, earthy breads with lots of different grains. You want a soft sandwich bread. Wonder Bread works great for this, as does potato bread. We’re using three slices of bread (that’s what makes it a club sandwich!), and you don’t want it to overwhelm the other ingredients.

But make it fancy!

Now, technically you don’t have to cut the sandwich into quarters and stick a fancy toothpick into each one. You could just cut it in half and leave it at that. But when I was a little girl, my grandmother would take me to fancy lunches at the Yankee Doodle Room, on the top floor of the AM&A’s department store in downtown Buffalo. Just me, not my sisters, because they couldn’t sit still long enough for anything nicer than McDonald’s. So those one-on-one lunches were very special to me!

I would always get a club sandwich, which was served cut into four triangles, each one held together with a toothpick, surrounding a pile of ridged potato chips. Sometimes the toothpicks were frilly, and sometimes they were in the shape of a sword.

After I was done eating I would wipe the toothpicks off in my cloth napkin (again, fancy!), and my grandmother would put them in her purse and bring them home. We’d put them in little porcelain containers on the hutch in her dining room, with her fancy teacups and keepsakes. I wish I had a picture!

These days I use nice metal toothpicks. I even have a special set shaped like swords, just for my sandwiches, in honor of my grandmother and our special lunches.

Vegetarian version

MorningStar Farms Breakfast Strips are truly delicious. I’ve been eating them since I was a little girl, and jokingly refer to them as Play-Doh bacon, because they look like they were made in a Play-Doh food factory. But they’re so good that my husband, who is most definitely not a vegetarian, likes them.

BLAT version

If you have avocado available, it’s a great addition to this sandwich, making it a BLAT sandwich (or FBLAT, in my case). I put it in the top layer, between the bacon and the lettuce.

Weight Watchers variations

I found that using one tablespoon of olive oil and one-half tablespoon of red wine vinegar is perfect for one sandwich, but if you’re on Weight Watchers, you can knock the olive oil down to two-and-a-half teaspoons, which will save you an entire point and won’t be noticeable! You can also use light mayonnaise, which is much lower in points. Hellman’s Light Mayonnaise is delicious.

If I’m low on points, I also leave off the avocado. I generally use Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread, which is only 5 points for 3 slices. And the veggie bacon that I use is lower in points than real bacon.

I’ve added my vegetarian Weight Watchers recipe at the end of the post.

Yield: 1 sandwich

Deluxe BLT Sandwich with Marinated Tomatoes

Deluxe BLT Sandwich with Marinated Tomatoes

Once you taste this deluxe BLT sandwich, you'll never go back to a boring old bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich again!

Have a question about this recipe? I may have answered it here.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Marinated tomatoes

  • 3 teaspoons good olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 small tomato, sliced

Sandwich

  • 3 slices soft white or wheat sandwich bread
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced (optional)
  • Lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Instructions

Marinate the tomatoes

  1. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, a large pinch of sea salt, and a pinch of ground black pepper until emulsified
  2. Add the tomato slices and let marinade while you make the rest of the sandwich, tossing every few minutes

Meanwhile, toast the bread:


In a slotted toaster

  1. Put a single slice of bread in one slot, and put two slices together in another slot, and toast until golden brown (one slice will be toasted on both sides, while the other two will be toasted on one side only)


In a toaster oven or oven

  1. Put one slice of the bread on a baking sheet and place under the broiler or on the top rack, and toast until golden brown
  2. Flip that slice over and add the other two slices to the baking sheet, toasting until the tops are all golden brown (one slice will be toasted on both sides, while the other two will be toasted on one side only)

Assemble the sandwich:

  1. Lay one slice of bread toasted-side down and place the marinated tomatoes on top, followed by half of the bacon
  2. Take the slice of bread that's toasted on both sides and spoon the rest of the marinade onto it, and put marinade-side down onto the tomatoes and bacon; now spread half of the mayonnaise on the exposed side of the toast
  3. Lay the rest of the bacon on the middle slice and top with the lettuce (if using the avocado, put it in this layer as well)
  4. Spread the rest of the mayonnaise onto the untoasted side of the last piece of bread, and place on top of the bacon and lettuce, completing the sandwich
  5. Slice diagonally into four triangles, stick a fancy toothpick in each one, and serve


Notes

Use the best olive oil you can, it really makes a difference!

When I'm making this for myself, I use Morningstar Farms Breakfast Strips instead of bacon, which makes a delicious vegetarian sandwich.

Weight Watchers Points

1 serving (1 recipe), including real bacon and avocado:

You can adjust the ingredients and amounts for your plan here: Deluxe BLT Sandwich with Marinated Tomatoes

Please note: total time does not include prep. Read why here.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 800Total Fat 66gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 51gCholesterol 57mgSodium 1699mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 12gSugar 6gProtein 23g

Nutritional information is an estimate only.

Did you make this recipe? I'd love to see it!

Please leave a comment, a great star rating, or share what you made on Instagram, tagging @AmyEverAfterCom. It really helps me out!

Yield: 1 sandwich

Deluxe Vegetarian BLT Sandwich with Marinated Tomatoes -- Weight Watchers version

Deluxe Vegetarian BLT Sandwich with Marinated Tomatoes -- Weight Watchers version

When I'm making my Deluxe BLT with Marinated Tomatoes for myself, this is how I make it. It's vegetarian, and I've swapped out a few ingredients to make it lower in Weight Watchers points.

Have a question about this recipe? I may have answered it here.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Marinated tomatoes

  • 2½ teaspoons good olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 small tomato, sliced

Sandwich

  • 3 slices soft wheat sandwich bread
  • 4 slices Morningstar Farms Breakfast Strips, cooked
  • Lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise

Instructions

Marinate the tomatoes

  1. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, a large pinch of sea salt, and a pinch of ground black pepper until emulsified
  2. Add the tomato slices and let marinade while you make the rest of the sandwich, tossing every few minutes

Meanwhile, toast the bread:


In a slotted toaster

  1. Put a single slice of bread in one slot, and put two slices together in another slot, and toast until golden brown (one slice will be toasted on both sides, while the other two will be toasted on one side only)


In a toaster oven or oven

  1. Put one slice of the bread on a baking sheet and place under the broiler or on the top rack, and toast until golden brown
  2. Flip that slice over and add the other two slices to the baking sheet, toasting until the tops are all golden brown (one slice will be toasted on both sides, while the other two will be toasted on one side only)

Assemble the sandwich:

  1. Lay one slice of bread toasted-side down and place the marinated tomatoes on top, followed by half of the bacon
  2. Take the slice of bread that's toasted on both sides and spoon the rest of the marinade onto it, and put marinade-side down onto the tomatoes and veggie bacon; now spread half of the light mayonnaise on the exposed side of the toast
  3. Lay the rest of the veggie bacon on the middle slice and top with the lettuce
  4. Spread the rest of the light mayonnaise onto the untoasted side of the last piece of bread, and place on top of the veggie bacon and lettuce, completing the sandwich
  5. Slice diagonally into four triangles, stick a fancy toothpick in each one, and serve


Notes

Use the best olive oil you can, it really makes a difference!

When I'm making this for myself, I use Morningstar Farms Breakfast Strips instead of bacon, which makes a delicious vegetarian sandwich.

Weight Watchers Points

1 serving (1 recipe):

You can adjust the ingredients and amounts for your plan here: Deluxe Vegetarian BLT Sandwich with Marinated Tomatoes

Please note: total time does not include prep. Read why here.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases (but you won't pay anything extra!)

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 800Total Fat 66gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 51gCholesterol 57mgSodium 1699mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 12gSugar 6gProtein 23g

Nutritional information is an estimate only.

Did you make this recipe? I'd love to see it!

Please leave a comment, a great star rating, or share what you made on Instagram, tagging @AmyEverAfterCom. It really helps me out!

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