Marinated Tomato BLATs.
These marinated tomato BLTs are fantastic! Made with marinated tomatoes, crispy bacon, sourdough and avocado, they are a summer dream dinner! Marinating the tomatoes takes this to the next level and it’s a must-try for your garden tomatoes!
How perfect is this lunch bite?!
Everything I want to eat right now is right up there in that sandwich. Oh my heavens.
A few weeks ago on instagram, my friend Rachel was making BLTs and MARINATED HER TOMATOES!! Uh huh.
I was hooked. Instantly. I didn’t know exactly what she was marinating the tomatoes in, but I got ingredients figured a way to make the sandwich the next day!
OMG, let’s just say it is life changing. Pretty much puts my lobster BLT to shame.
Yes yes yes.
Just look at these tomatoes? The marinade is so tangy and rich. It brings life into these tomatoes, regardless of how perfect they may be right out of your garden.
For my marinade, I used a simple olive oil and balsamic combo. If you’re in a pinch or want to make this on vacation or something, you could even marinate these in your favorite bottled italian or balsamic dressing. The key is just to marinate them in something you love!
Seriously, after I saw Rachel make these, I knew they’d be my go-to summer dinner. I have her to thank for this delicious idea that has been holding me over postpartum and basically, feeding my family. After I made them multiple times on instagram, so many of you reached out about how I marinating the tomatoes, that I had to share!
You can’t go one more summer day without these.
I went the BLT route for the tomatoes but of course, I also had to go the BLAT route. All I could think of was my favorite sandwich on our northern michigan vacation – it’s a BLAT from a local sandwich shop and is absolute perfection.
The sourdough is toasty but not too crunchy. The avocado is creamy, the bacon is crispy. It has mayo and maybe even a little dressing?
Either way, it’s soooo good and I get at least one every year on vacation.
That made it simple for me: I knew I wanted to add avocado! I also did a thin layer of mayo. My favorite sourdough, toasted of course!
Oh! And the other key that a few of you suggested on instagram?! Drizzle the extra marinade from the tomatoes onto the bread. It makes for one messy, but seriously delicious sandwich that you won’t be able to stop eating.
I can’t even express how GOOD this is. I will never eat a BLT another way again.
You don’t need things to be fancy – you can easily skip the avocado. But this classic combo of bacon and lettuce and (now marinated) tomatoes is one I won’t be letting go of anytime soon.
This is the epitome of summer!
Marinated Tomato BLTs
Marinated Tomato BLATs
- 2 homegrown tomatoes, sliced
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried italian seasoning
- 8 sliced bacon
- 4 slices sourdough bread
- red or green leaf lettuce, as many pieces as you'd like
- 1 avocado, thinly sliced, sprinkled with salt and pepper
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- Slice the tomatoes and place them in a 9x13 baking dish. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic and seasoning until combined. Pour it over the tomatoes. Cover the dish and stick the tomatoes in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or even longer. I flip the tomato slices a few times while marinating!
- Cook the bacon in a skillet until it’s crispy and the fat is rendered.
- To assemble the sandwiches, toast your sourdough bread. If you like, you can drizzle a bit of the tomato marinade on the bread! This makes for a messier but DELICIOUS sandwich. Spread one or both bread slices with mayonnaise. Add on your lettuce. Top with a few of the marinated tomato slices. Top with the bacon and avocado slices. Finish with the remaining sourdough and serve!
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19 Comments on “Marinated Tomato BLATs.”
Marinating tomatoes? Why haven’t we done this before? LOVE IT.
Can you please share where your favorite N MI sandwich? I’d love to visit that place!
I would love to visit as well!
yes! it’s called lake street in boyne city. it’s just a little sandwich shop! the sandwiches are INCREDIBLE!
Amazing sandwich I tried for lunch today. All goes together so well!
so glad you liked it!
Yum! I have everything to make this (besides the balsamic but I’ll grab that tonight!) 😋
Holy mama this was as delicious as it sounds and looks! And I am someone who doesn’t like bacon! (Yes, I know I’m a freak of nature…) The only problem was that I didn’t make more!
This is on my menu for this week…looks delicious. The only thing I plan on doing different is not putting the tomatoes in the refrigerator. We grow many heirlooms and it always seems that the cold removes some of the flavor from them. They’ll be fine on the counter covered for a few hours.
As soon as I saw this posted, I knew I had to try it. I legitimately could not stop thinking about how good it looked.
We made these for lunch with farmer’s market tomatoes and sourdough, and they were amazing! My husband loved them, and he normally isn’t the biggest BLT fan. Thank you for this recipe!
Just made this for dinner – OMG – delicious! I didn’t have homegrown tomatoes, and couldn’t get sourdough bread. But made do with supermarket tomatoes and a nice crusty Italian bread. We have enough leftovers to have another evening.
Quick and easy, the perfect summer lunch.
“Life changing” indeed! Last night after an olive tapenade appetizer, and then Vichysoisse soup, I made your brainchild recipe. Our entree plates were exclusively this sandwich…nothing else on our plate. I cannot remember when I’ve enjoyed a meal as much as last night, and I am utterly serious on that. I would have thought that dead ripe home grown tomatoes need nothing, as they provide so much on their own…. you have taught me otherwise, and there is no turning back. The marinated tomatoes and Avocado (replacing lettuce) were brilliant change ups to a sandwich I’ve been making for decades. Thank you Jessica, sincerely.
i had added avocados to sandwiches for years if I have them on hand so it wasn’t new, but this was ah-mazing. marinated tomatoes are the way to go. delicious!
will try this with other sandwiches as well.
I honestly don’t know how I’ve ever eaten a BLT any other way. This was as simple and even more delicious than it looks. My husband took one bite and just replied “whoa… that’s a sandwich”. This will be a regular in the work from home rotation for sure!
Delicious! Best BLT I’ve ever had honestly. Genius on marinating the tomatoes and good call to others for putting the marinade on the bread.
Oh! What’s the sandwich shop in MI? Headed there soon!
Love! Just found the recipe three days ago and have made it twice already!
Every time I make one of your recipes I am just in love, and this was no different. The only problem I encountered was that I didn’t check to see but apparently we ate most of the bread and I just wanted more of these sandwiches. It is truly delicious. Thank you for sharing!