The BLT is special compared to other sandwiches. There's something about the combination of crispy bacon, fresh tomato and lettuce on toast with a smear of mayonnaise that other sandwiches just don't stand a chance against. The BLT may be simple to make, but its flavor profile is complex and entirely fulfilling, delivering salt and crunch alongside refreshing sweetness. One bite hits all the right notes, and you can almost never have enough.

If you're as big of a fan as we are, you're gearing up for a BLT-heavy end of summer, when tomatoes are at their peak and BLTs are your go-to, quick but utterly rewarding lunch. What if we told you that there was more than one way of getting that BLT flavor into your life? Aside from all the variations you can make on the classic sandwich (like adding avocados, of course), you can also get your BLT fix with pizzas, salads and even tostadas. Check out all the inspired ideas below. Happy BLT season!


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  • BLT Pizza With Caesar Dressing

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  • BLT Tostadas

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  • Cali BLT

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  • BLT Spring Rolls

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  • Fried Egg BLT

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  • Cheddar BLT Burgers With Tarragon Russian Dressing

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  • Fried Green Tomato BLT

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  • BLT Macaroni Salad

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  • Southwest BLT Crostini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/9174-southwest-blt-crostini" target="_blank">Southwest BLT Crostini recipe</a> by mommiecooks via Food52</strong>

  • BLT Panzanella

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2012/08/01/blt-panzanella/" target="_blank">BLT Panzanella recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Smoked Bacon BLT with Arugula

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/smoked_bacon_blt_with_arugula/" target="_blank">Smoked Bacon BLT with Arugula recipe</a> by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Skirt Steak BLT With Basil Mayonnaise

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/skirt-steak-blt-with-basi_n_1055168.html" target="_hplink">Skirt Steak BLT With Basil Mayonnaise recipe</a></strong>

  • BLT Tart

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/bacon-lettuce-tomato-tart-blt-tart/" target="_hplink">BLT Tart recipe from The Tomato Tart</a></strong> This tart or galette includes a filling of roasted heirloom tomatoes, onions and crisp bacon. In the last minutes of baking, top the tart with a cracked egg. Sprinkle with chopped lettuce before serving.

  • Crispy Avocado BLT Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2013/02/crispy-avocado-bacon-and-tomato-salad/" target="_blank">Crispy Avocado BLT Salad recipe</a> by How Sweet It Is</strong>

  • BLT Salmon Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18317-blt-salmon-salad-with-herbed-dressing" target="_blank">BLT Salmon Salad recipe</a> by savorthis via Food52</strong>

  • Crab Cake BLT

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://kokocooks.blogspot.com/2011/04/crab-cake-blts.html" target="_hplink">Crab Cake BLT recipe from KokoCooks</a></strong> If a crab cake wasn't indulgent enough, this one is served on a roll with lettuce, tomato, bacon and Old Bay mayo.

  • Salmon BLT's

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/5819-salmon-blt-s" target="_blank">Salmon BLT's recipe</a> by mtlabor via Food52</strong>

  • BLT With Avocado And Pink Chili Mayo

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/blt-with-avocado-and-pink_n_1057281.html" target="_hplink">BLT with Avocado and Pink Chili Mayo recipe</a></strong> Sriracha hot sauce turns the mayo in this BLT recipe a pretty pink -- it also gives it a noticeable kick. Adding avocado slices to the sandwich gives it a nice creamy texture when biting in.

  • BLT Wraps

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.recipegirl.com/2007/02/02/blt-wraps/" target="_hplink">BLT Wraps recipe from Recipe Girl</a></strong>

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    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bellalimento.com/2014/06/24/chilled-spicy-tomato-soup-shots/" target="_blank">Chilled Spicy Tomato Soup Shots recipe</a> from Bell'alimento</strong>

  • Easy Roasted Tomatoes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2012/09/friday-faves-and-easy-roasted-tomatoes-recipe/" target="_blank">Easy Roasted Tomatoes recipe</a> from Foodie Crush</strong>

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  • Heirloom Tomato Cornbread With Cheddar Cheese

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  • Cherry Tomato Tart With Basil

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cherry-tomato-tart-with-b_n_1058286.html" target="_hplink">Cherry Tomato Tart with Basil recipe</a></strong>

  • Oven-Roasted Preserved Tomatoes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bellalimento.com/2014/04/01/oven-roasted-preserved-tomatoes/" target="_blank">Oven-Roasted Preserved Tomatoes recipe</a> from Bell'alimento</strong>

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  • Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes and Burrata Crostini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bellalimento.com/2013/09/09/roasted-heirloom-tomatoes-and-burrata-crostini/" target="_blank">Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes and Burrata Crostini recipe</a> from Bell'alimento</strong>

  • Pasta With Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2012/08/pasta-with-marinated-tomatoes-recipes/" target="_blank">Pasta with Marinated Cherry Tomatoes recipe</a> from Foodie Crush</strong>

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    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2011/08/craving-5-gazpachos-and-a-bloody-mary/" target="_blank"> Bloody Mary Gazpacho recipe</a> from Foodie Crush</strong>

  • Parmesan Flatbread With Mozza & Golden Cherry Tomatoes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.versesfrommykitchen.com/2011/10/parmesan-flatbread-with-dandelion-green-onion-pesto-sopressa-prosciutto-parmesan-golden-cherry-tomatoes.html" target="_blank">Parmesan Flatbread with Mozza & Golden Cherry Tomatoes recipe</a> from Verses from my Kitchen</strong>

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  • Tomato Tartlets

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/tomato-tartlets_n_1058757.html" target="_hplink">Tomato Tartlets recipe</a></strong>

  • Tomato Tart With Tarragon Mustard

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://mimithorisson.com/2012/08/31/tomato-tart-with-tarragon-mustard/" target="_blank"> Tomato Tart with Tarragon Mustard recipe</a> from Manger</strong>

  • Avocado, Onion And Tomato Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2011/08/craving-5-fresh-and-simple-avocado-salads/" target="_blank">Avocado, Onion and Tomato Salad recipe</a> from Foodie Crush</strong>

  • Tomato, Corn And Cheese Galette With Fresh Basil

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.alexandracooks.com/2009/09/21/tomato-corn-cheese-galette-%E2%80%94-a-favorite-summer-meal-%E2%80%94-with-a-chocolate-chip-cookie-for-dessert/" target="_blank">Tomato, Corn and Cheese Galette with Fresh Basil recipe</a> from Alexandra Cooks</strong>

  • Tomato, Cucumber And Sweet Onion Salad With Cumin Salt

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/tomato-cucumber-and-swee_n_1058754.html" target="_hplink">Tomato, Cucumber and Sweet Onion Salad with Cumin Salt recipe</a></strong>

  • Schiacciata With Cherry Tomatoes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/14035-farro-flour-schiacciata-with-cherry-tomatoes" target="_blank">Schiacciata with Cherry Tomatoes recipe</a> from Emiko via Food52</strong>

  • Tomato + Basil Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/07/5-favorite-summer-salads.html" target="_blank">Tomato + Basil Salad recipe</a> from A Beautiful Mess</strong>

  • Crisp Feta, Tomato & Arugula Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.versesfrommykitchen.com/2012/08/crisp-feta-tomato-arugula-salad.html" target="_blank">Crisp Feta, Tomato & Arugula Salad recipe</a> from Verses from my Kitchen</strong>

  • Brown Butter Tomatoes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18779-brown-butter-tomatoes" target="_blank">Brown Butter Tomatoes recipe</a> from Amanda Hesser via Food52</strong>

  • Grilled Tomato-And-Scallion Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-tomato-and-scalli_n_1058471.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Tomato-and-Scallion Salad recipe</a></strong>

  • Grilled Halibut With Smashed Fingerlings And Tomato Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-halibut-with-smas_n_1058448.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Halibut with Smashed Fingerlings and Tomato Butter recipe</a></strong>

  • Chilled Tomato Soup With Tarragon Crème Fraîche

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chilled-tomato-soup-with-_n_1058309.html" target="_hplink">Chilled Tomato Soup with Tarragon Crème Fraîche recipe</a></strong>

  • Tomato, Prosciutto and Gruyère Sandwiches

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/tomato-prosciutto-and-gr_n_1058755.html" target="_hplink">Tomato, Prosciutto and Gruyère Sandwiches recipe</a></strong>

  • Eggs Baked In Roasted Tomato Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/eggs-baked-in-roasted-tom_n_1058377.html" target="_hplink">Eggs Baked in Roasted Tomato Sauce recipe</a></strong>