The ever-popular combination of bacon, lettuce and tomato took on new forms in 2021, often with the inclusion of ranch dressing, with items like Boston Market’s Crispy Chicken BLT Sandwich (Breaded and fried chicken breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing on a brioche bun, around $7.49) available in the first quarter; and Carl’s Jr.’s BLT Ranch Double Cheeseburger (two beef patties topped with melted American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and herb ranch sauce on a toasted bun, starting at $2.99), introduced in January. That one proved so successful that in June CKE, parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, introduced a premium BLT Ranch Angus Thickburger for $5.99 and a BLT Ranch Chicken Sandwich for $4.99 for the summer. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill’s offered an NY Strip & BLT Salad (grilled New York strip topped with BLT butter served with a salad of bacon, lettuce and tomatoes with garlic ranch dressing, $19.95) in March and April.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe had a BLT Quesadilla (Bacon, queso blanco, cheddar-smoked cheese blend, tomato and shredded lettuce in a flour tortilla with a side of salsa ranch sauce, starting at around $5.49) in July and August
Ranch dressing’s cousin, Green Goddess, was featured the first quarter in MOD Pizza’s Green Goddess BLT salad (Romaine lettuce and mixed greens, grilled chicken, bacon bits, diced cucumber and tomato, pickled red onion, croutons and Asiago cheese tossed in green goddess dressing, $8.27-$9.87).
Premium BLTs also were introduced at chains, including IHOP’s Steakhouse BLT (two slices of a limited-time Steakhouse Premium Bacon over lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles and IHOP sauce with fries, onion rings or pancakes, around $10) and Smokey Bones’ One Pound BLT (a pound of bacon with tomatoes and leaf lettuce on thick cut bread with garlic parsley mayonnaise and one side, around $19.99), both introduced in the spring.
Velvet Taco offered a Fried Green Tomato BLT Taco (Beer-battered fried green tomatoes, pepper bacon, lettuce, tomato, rémoulade, herb goat cheese — with parsley, oregano and rosemary — and micro greens in a flour tortilla, $4.50) as its Weekly Taco Feature for the first week of July.
Still available through this winter is Lemonade’s Roasted Turkey BLTA: Roasted turkey breast, bacon, avocado, arugula, beefsteak tomato and a new nut-free basil pesto aïoli on Rockenwagner ciabatta, $10.95