Co+op Basics: Tofu BLT

There's nothing better than a BLT, and we've put together a delicious vegan version! Swap the bacon for smoky tofu bacon, and replace the mayo with a protein-packed chickpea aioli, and you won't miss the real thing. This sandwich features 6 Co+op Basics products and comes out to $4.00/sandwich! The following ingredients are all part of the Basics program:

  • Rudi's sourdough bread
  • Wild Harvest chickpeas
  • Field Day olive oil
  • Soy Boy tofu
  • Field Day tomato paste
  • Field Day maple syrup
Tofu Bacon
Soy boy tofu
14 ounces
Soy sauce
1/2 cup
Field Day tomato paste
2 tablespoons
Field Day maple syrup
2 tablespoons
Liquid smoke
2 tablespoons
Chickpea Aioli
Wild Harvest chickpeas
1 can, drained
Garlic cloves
Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons
Lemon, juiced
Field Day olive oil
1/4 cup
Water, if needed
1/4 cup
Rudi's bread
8 slices
Romaine lettuce
1 bunch
Red tomato, sliced

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes, plus 1 hour to marinate

Servings: 4 sandwiches

Calories per serving: 567

Cost per serving: $4.00


  1. Press the tofu: wrap the tofu in paper towels, then a hand towel. Place something heavy on top, and let press for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Thinly slice the tofu into strips.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, tomato paste, maple syrup, and liquid smoke. Pour over the tofu and let marinate 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  4. While the tofu is marinating, make the aioli. Place the chickpeas, garlic cloves, dijon mustard, juiced lemon, and olive oil in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed, add water 1 tablespoon at at time to thin out the aioli and reach the desired consistency.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray a baking sheet with spray oil or line with parchment paper.
  6. Place the tofu strips on the baking sheet. Brush with additional marinate and make for 20 minutes. Flip the tofu, brush with more marinade, and bake 15-20 minutes more until crispy.
  7. Toast the bread in a toaster or oven.
  8. Assemble the sandwiches: spread a good amount of chickpea aioli on both sides of the bread. Layer with lettuce, tomato, and tofu bacon. Serve & enjoy!