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2 halves of an ELT (eggplant, lettuce & tomato) sandwich on a wood board.


This easy eggplant, lettuce. and tomato sandwich is a great alternative to a bacon BLT.
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Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Linda & Alex


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  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon finely ground sea salt or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant peeled
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 10 to 12 lettuce leaves you pick the type you like, wash and completely dry them.
  • Vegan ranch dressing ranch dressing
  • 1 large baguette of bread or whatever type of bread you like.


  • In a small bowl, whisk the ¼ cup of maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon of salt, and pepper to taste until well combined and pour into a shallow baking dish.
  • Slice the baguette into single sandwich size pieces and toast them or grill them.
  • Slice the ends off of the eggplant then peel and slice into thirds lengthwise, then slice widthwise to the size that fits the bread you’re putting it on. Marinate both sides in the maple sauce for approximately 7 to 8 minutes per side. Reserve the sauce.
  • Heat the grill, a grill pan, or a skillet on medium-high and brush with the olive oil to avoid sticking. When the grill/pan is hot, add the eggplant and cook for approximately 8 minutes per side, or until softened with dark grill marks. Brush the extra sauce over the top of each side as you’re cooking it.
  • Spread a thick layer (or thin, it’s your call) of ranch dressing on the top of the bottom piece of bread. Add a slice of eggplant, tomato, lettuce, and the top piece of bread.
  • Enjoy!


Pro Tips
Make sure to peel the eggplant. The skin will make it too tough.
Slice the eggplant thin and so it will fit the size of the bread that you’re using.
Be sure to brush the eggplant with the sauce that’s left in the pan for bolder flavor.
Use a really crisp lettuce. Iceberg is the perfect choice.


Serving: 15oz | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3725IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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