Okay you guys, get ready for a pretty epic Whole30/Keto/Gluten Free/Paleo sandwich. It’s a Flank Steak BLT made with grass fed beef, nitrate free bacon, smashed avocado, ranch, and hollowed out heads of iceberg lettuce. Trust your friend Laura — You won’t even miss the bread.
So this is how it all went down one Sunday afternoon:
Husband: What should we have for lunch?
Me, rifling through the fridge: I have an idea!!!
I had everything I need to make a BLT except one thing, bread. I had iceberg, and I’ve used iceberg as bread before (that’s actually the main reason I even buy it)… but I’m still a bread girl at heart. I just needed to get my mind in a new place and be creative. I’m trying to up my protein game too, and I had just gotten a delivery of grass fed beef, so I thought, ooh, let’s do this! And the Whole30 Flank Steak BLT was born.
Just a quick note to self: Keep a fork & knife nearby when you eat this, because it becomes a drippy mess pretty quickly and I’m 100% okay with that. In fact, I think it’s even better when your sandwich is a little messy. You know what I’m talking about, right?
Marinated Flank Steak BLT
Whole30, Low Carb, Grain Free, Paleo, Gluten Free
- 1/2 lb Flank Steak
- 4-8 slices sugar free/nitrate free bacon cooked & cooled
- 1 head iceberg lettuce
- 2 small tomatoes or one large
- 2 tbsp mayo
- 1 avocado smashed
- 3-4 tbsp ranch be sure it’s compliant
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
Marinate the Steak
Slice the garlic and whisk together with the other marinade ingredients.
Pour over the flank steak, cover, and marinate for an hour.
Cook the Steak
Pat the steak dry and season lightly with salt and pepper.
In a hot pan, grill the steak for about 3-4 minutes per side.
Allow it to rest before slicing against the grain.
Assemble the Sandwich
Slice the iceberg in half from the stem, and gently scoop out sections with your hands to make the bun.
Slice the tomatoes. Scoop out the avocado and mash it with a fork.
Layer the lettuce halves with mayo, smashed avocado, sliced tomato, bacon, and slices of the steak.
Drizzle with ranch and season with salt and pepper to taste.