April 23, 2021
This BLT Lettuce Wrap recipe is a low-carb twist on everyone’s favorite sandwich recipe. Made with crispy bacon, tomato, and homemade Ranch, it’s the perfect hand-held food you can make part of your lunch prep!
In today’s post, I’m also going to share how to pack it in a container, what lettuce works best, what things can you use other than mayo and so much more.
I have to admit; I’m a sucker for a good sandwich. There’s not much better than combining crispy vegetables, flavorful protein sources, and incredible toppings on top of thick, crusty bread. The only thing I don’t love is that sluggish feeling you get from eating too many carbs.
So, to prevent that dreaded crash in the afternoon, I turned the classic BLT sandwich into a low-carb lettuce wrap! Oh, and yes – because my BLT obsession won’t stop you can also make this recipe into an epic BLT salad.
The saltiness of the bacon combined with savory Ranch and crisp lettuce creates an epic flavor combination that leaves you feeling full and energized to tackle the rest of your day.
Making a BLT Lettuce Wrap
These BLT Lettuce Wraps come together in a flash for the easiest meal prep ever! To make them follow these simple steps:
- Make a bed of lettuce. Double up on the leaves and place them flat on the counter.
- Sprinkle the bacon. Cook the bacon, chop it up and place it over the lettuce base.
- Toppings. Place the tomatoes and drizzle a little Ranch over the the top.
Oh yes… enjoy! Oh. But wait, there’s more. Watch how easy they are to make in this quick video.
Best Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps
The best lettuce to use for lettuce wraps is one that has soft leaves that will bend well, like green or butter lettuce, although not as crunchy.
For added crunch, Romaine works well when the middle stem isn’t too tough, and Iceberg’s outer leaves work best. The inner leaves for iceberg lettuce are best for lettuce cups.
If your lettuce tends to wilt before you’re able to make epic lettuce wraps, be sure to check out my tips for storing lettuce to keep it fresh.
What to Put on a BLT Wrap Instead of Mayo
For these BLT Lettuce Wraps, I chose to use my homemade Ranch dressing instead of mayo.
Made with simple ingredients, it’s seriously so much better than the store-bought versions and no added preservatives or sugar.
If you’re looking for more condiment suggestions, try using one of these options:
- Blue Cheese Dressing – Blue cheese is a bit tangier than Ranch but so delicious.
- Authentic Greek Hummus – Hummus is a great dairy-free option that adds tons of fiber to your meal!
- Avocado – Avocado contains healthy fats to keep you full.
What Tomatoes are Best for BLTs?
Beefsteak or slicing tomatoes are best because they hold their shape well, and you can add a couple of slices inside the wrap. You’ll find the best slicing tomatoes at a local farmer’s market, but if you don’t have one around, Roma tomatoes from the grocery store hold up just fine.
How Many Carbs are in a BLT wrap?
Unlike their sandwich counterparts, BLT lettuce wraps are super low in carbs, with each serving yielding 5g in total carbs and only 3g in net carbs! Both lettuce and tomatoes have virtually no carbs, and the only carb sources included in the Ranch dressing come from the buttermilk.
How to Prep Ahead
Prepping BLT Lettuce Wraps is a great way to plan for your day ahead and stay on track with your healthy eating goals. However, if you’re not careful, they can become soggy and fall apart.
To prevent your wraps from falling apart:
- Use two lettuce leaves instead of one.
- Choose large, rounded leaves.
- Poke toothpicks through the center to hold them closed. Just don’t forget to remove them before digging in!
To prevent your wraps from becoming soggy, I recommend storing your dressing in a small container like these sauce containers on the side. Then, drizzle it on top, or dunk your wraps when you’re ready to eat.
Packing Lettuce Wraps for Lunch
The great thing about these BLT Lettuce Wraps is that they’re perfect for school and the office. Make your life easier by prepping them in bulk ahead of time, so all you have to do is throw them in a lunch box.
Choose Your Container
Pick compact containers that will hold your BLT Lettuce Wraps tightly. I suggest finding one like these Bento Lunch Boxes that only hold the wraps. Then, pack any sides in separate containers or compartments.
You can prep these BLT Lettuce Wraps up to 2 days in advance. Just be sure to keep the sauce on the side.
Easy BLT Lettuce Wraps
- 8 large lettuce leaves
- 8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 large tomato, sliced thin
- Ranch dressing for drizzling
- Make a base for the wraps with two lettuce leaves.
- Top each lettuce base with chopped bacon and tomato slices. Drizzle with ranch dressing if eating immediately; otherwise, pack the dressing in small lidded containers.
- Fold lettuce leaves over and the sides in and pack inside a lunch container.