Okay you guys, get ready for a pretty epic Whole30/Keto/Gluten Free/Paleo sandwich. It’s Whole30 Steak BLT made with grass fed flank steak, nitrate free bacon, smashed avocado, ranch, and hollowed out heads of iceberg lettuce. Trust your friend Laura — You won’t even miss the bread!
How the Flank Steak BLT went down:
Husband: What should we have for lunch?
Me, rifling through the fridge: We have nothing in the house. We have steak and bacon though…. OH MY GOODNESS I have an idea!!!
Sometimes it’s as simple as that! I had everything I need to make a BLT except one thing, bread. I had iceberg lettuce, 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. So 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.
WARNING: This sandwich gets messy
Just a quick note to self: Keep a fork & knife nearby when you eat this, and a few napkins too! Because it becomes a drippy mess pretty quickly… and you know what? I’m 100% okay with that. In fact, I think it’s even better when your sandwich is a little messy. All the delicious goodness making a little mess on my plate, well – it’s part of the fun! You know what I’m talking about, right?
Be sure to check out a few of my other delightfully messy recipes, like my Whole30 Aloha Hawaiian Burger or my Whole30 Thai Lettuce Wraps. Eating with your hands was never more delicious!
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 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
Marinate the Steak
Smash the garlic cloves, then whisk together all the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour over the flank steak, cover, and marinate for an hour.
Cook the Steak
Pat the steak dry with paper towels and season lightly on all sides with salt and pepper.
Preheat your pan over high heat and grill the steak for about 3-4 minutes per side for medium rare. Once it's cooked, set it aside.
Allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes, then slice it 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.