The perfect BLT combines the salty crunch of bacon, with the crisp sweetness of the lettuce and tomato, all sandwiched between the golden-brown goodness of well-toasted bread. If you’re looking for some healthy side dishes for BLTs, you’ve come to the right place. The right side dish can make a meal that much better. A sweeter side dish will emphasize the tender bacon and the fresh vegetables. A more savory option will bring out the seasoning in the bacon, and the overall meaty taste of the sandwich. And don’t forget the classic pairing of a savory sandwich with hearty, warm soup. Read on to learn about some great healthy side dishes for BLTs.
From all kinds of salads to air fryer kale chips, zucchini fries, and deviled eggs – we’ll go over it all. Stick around to get some recipe ideas and all kinds of healthy side suggestions that will perfectly complement your next BLT sandwich night. We’ll cover cooking tips, important ingredients, and things you can change about a particular recipe. Let’s get into it – here are some healthy side dishes for BLTs.
1. Fruit Salad
We'll start with something sweet, try this fruit salad recipe. To make this you'll need strawberries, canteloupe melon, apples, pineapple, grapes, and mandarin oranges. If you want to make it even more creamy, add a whipped topping, and shredded coconut. Wash the fruit and find your serving bowls. Combine the fruit with the whipped topping, alternate so they're layered, garnish with coconut, and enjoy alongside your crispy BLT sandwich.
2. Macaroni Salad
Next up we have a macaroni salad from Allrecipes. You'll need cooked macaroni noodles, mayonnaise, yellow mustard, sugar, and vinegar. Pick your seasonings and chop up some vegetables. This recipe calls for celery, onion, and bell pepper. Add grated carrots, pimento peppers, and other crispy veggies of your choosing. Combine the ingredinets with your dressings and seasoning, stir til blended, and refrigerate before serving.
3. Potato Salad
You can't go wrong with a healthy potato salad. This recipe calls for potatoes, olive oil, green onions, black pepper, and dried dill weed. Clean your potatoes, and boil them. Drain and cool before cutting them into fourths. Mix with the olive oil and spices. Refrigerate before serving, and enjoy your potato side dish alongside your tasty BLT sandwich.
4. Greek Salad
Check out this Greek Salad Recipe. For this one, you'll need kalamata olives, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, green pepper, and a block of feta cheese. To make the dressing, combine olive oil, minced garlic, sea salt, pepper, dried oregano, and lemon juice. Drizzle this mixture over your greens and vegetable combination and crumble your block of feta over the top. Enjoy this savory, fresh salad with your savory sandwich.
5. Caesar Salad
For a classic Caesar Salad Recipe get your Romaine lettuce, garlic cloves, and parmesan cheese ready for action. You'll need French bread to make your own croutons and an egg to make the dressing. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, a partially boiled egg, garlic, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce to make your dressing. Cut up your loaf of French bread, and bake at 275º until golden brown and crispy. Mix up your greens, dressing, and croutons, and add parmesan until coated.
6. Tomato Soup
Enjoy your BLT with tomato soup for which you'll need chopped tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic, onion, butter, all-purpose flour, and white sugar. You'll need to boil the tomatoes with your broth, garlic, and onion mixture. Run the mixture through a food processor or food mill, add the flour for thickening, and enjoy your homemade tomato soup.
7. Kale Chips
For a healthier alternative to potato chips, try kale chips. You'll need a bunch of kale, olive oil, and sea salt. Other versions include cheese, brewer's yeast, and other flavorful seasonings. For these chips, preheat your oven to 300º Fahrenheit and lay out a baking sheet. Tear your kale leaves into pieces and spread them over the sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and seasonings, bake for 20-30 minutes. The edges should start to brown, but not burn, and they should be wonderfully crispy by the end.
Enjoy this creamy Coleslaw recipe which includes mayonnaise, Louisana hot sauce, yellow mustard, olive oil, wine vinegar, and ketchup. Gather sea salt, and garlic salt, and make a dressing from the condiments and seasonings. You'll need shredded cabbage, chopped bell peppers, and onions. Allow all of this to soak in a container for at least an hour before serving. The longer it sits, the longer the juices have to soak into the vegetables. Enjoy this cooling side with your crunchy BLT sandwich.
9. Zucchini Fries
Try these baked zucchini fries from Allrecipes. Whether you're using an air fryer or a classic oven, you'll need bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, and zucchini. Cooking spray will help to coat the veggies while they're cooking. Preheat your oven to 425º Fahrenheit, and line your baking sheet with aluminum. Mix bread crumbs and cheese together, whisk eggs, and dip the zucchini strips into the egg mixture. Coat your zucchini fries in the breadcrumbs and cheese and transfer to a baking sheet/air fryer pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
10. Sweet Potato Wedges
Check out these sweet potato wedges. Get your sweet potatoes and cut them into wedges, you'll need olive oil, brown sugar, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit, and spray a baking sheet. Coat your potatoes in olive oil and mix your seasonings with sugar. Sprinkle over the potatoes and spread the potatoes out on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes before turning, increase the heat to 400º Fahrenheit, and cook for another 20 until crispy and tender.
11. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a great and healthy side dish for BLT sandwiches. The creamy egg topped with savory spices absolutely complements the crunch and salt of the sandwich. For this recipe, you'll need eggs, mayonnaise, sugar, mustard, vinegar, onion celebray and seasonings. The classics are salt, pepper, and paprika. You'll need to hardboil your eggs, and then slice them. Remove the yolks and mash them up with the other ingredients. Stuff the mixture back into the white of the egg. If you want more of a presentation, you can pipe the mixture back into the halved egg white.
12. Pickled Vegetables
Next up, we have classic pickled vegetables. You can either buy these at a store or make them yourself. This side is definitely more of a commitment than some of the others but they're fun to try and make! For this one, we'll focus on making pickles, and you'll need white vinegar, white sugar, sea salt, cucumber spears, garlic, dill, and water. Mix sugar, water, vinegar, and sea salt in a saucepan and boil. Cool before adding to a jar filled with cucumber, garlic, and dill. Be sure your container has a lid. Pour the vinegar mixture into the jar and seal tightly. Refrigerate for at least 3 days. There are all kinds of things to pickle!
13. Corn On The Cob
You can't go wrong with some corn on the cob. For this, you'll need ears of corn, softened butter, salt, and black pepper. Preheat your grill, peel corn husks, and remove silk. Coat in butter, salt, and pepper. Wrap each corn cob in aluminum foil for maximum roasting. Cook while turning for 30 minutes until the corn is nicely tender. Serve hot on the cob with your BLT sandwich.
14. Garlic Bread
Try this Garlic Bread recipe which calls for unsalted butter, and garlic cloves, grated parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, salt for seasoning, and French bread. You'll need to preheat the oven to 450º and make a mixture of the unsalted butter and garlic. Spread your bread slices with this garlic butter goodness, and sprinkle with cheese before it goes into the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy. Add extra garlic and cheese while serving if you so desire.
15. Roasted Green Beans
Try out some Roasted Green Beans alongside your BLT sandwich. For this, you'll need olive oil, and pepper/salt for seasoning. Preheat the oven to around 400º Fahrenheit, wash your beans, and spread them on a baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and any other spices of your choosing. Roast for 15 minutes and turn the green beans. Cook for another 5 until your green beans are tender and cooked. Enjoy your homemade healthy side dish.
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