20 Glorious BLT-inspired recipes that aren't just sandwiches

Apr 11, 2014 at 12:05 p.m. ET

Did you know the famous acronym BLT has been around since 1903?

In 1903, the Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book published a recipe for a sandwich that included all the ingredients plus a slice of turkey. Nowadays, a BLT is just a classic sandwich comprised of bacon, lettuce and tomatoes, with a slathering of mayonnaise. But it's not just a sandwich it's become a stepping-stone for making pasta, salads and more.

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BLT chopped salad recipe

BLT chopped salad

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This BLT chopped salad, unlike other salads, has everything you want in it. Because honestly, all you need is crispy bacon, fresh, juicy tomatoes and crisp lettuce for a perfect salad.

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BLT salad with creamy Dijon
dressing and garlic herb butter croutons recipe

BLT salad with creamy dijon dressing and garlic herb butter croutons

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Need a salad with more substance? Try this BLT salad with creamy Dijon dressing and garlic herb butter croutons. The croutons add the perfect amount of texture.

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BLT tart recipe

BLT tart

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We think this BLT tart would be perfect for a brunch or breakfast menu.

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Prosciutto, arugula and tomato sandwich recipe
(Italian-inspired BLT)

Prosciutto, arugula & tomato sandwich (Italian inspired BLT)

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Prosciutto, arugula and tomato sandwich, a sandwich that, while inspired by the Italians, has the essence of a BLT. Prosciutto plays the part of the pork product, and the bitter arugula balances out the sandwich.

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BLT pasta salad recipe

BLT pasta salad

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Try this BLT pasta salad with your favorite shape of pasta. The sun-dried tomatoes add a great burst of flavor to it.

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BLT pizza recipe

BLT pizza

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Why not top a pizza with the makings of a sandwich? This BLT pizza makes our mouths water.

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BLT wrap with avocado mayonnaise recipe

BLT wrap with avocado mayonnaise

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Substitute the regular mayonnaise for an avocado mayonnaise in this BLT wrap with avocado mayonnaise, and pump up the flavor of this wrap.

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BLT tortellini salad recipe

BLT tortellini salad

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Everyone loves a good pasta salad, and this BLT tortellini salad isn't any different. Packed with cheese tortellini, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes, it's the perfect salad for a spring picnic.

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Crabcake BLT recipe

Crab cake BLT

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Rustic yet elegant, this crabcake BLT will have you wanting more.

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BLT crostinis recipe

BLT crostinis

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Need a quick party appetizer? These BLT crostinis make the perfect treat.

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