This is a copycat recipe for the Whole Foods TTLA sandwich. Crisp butter lettuce, juicy tomatoes, tangy tempeh bacon, creamy avocado, and zesty garlic aioli in a pressed ciabatta roll will be your new favorite sandwich! Vegan.
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Have you heard all the hype about the life-changing vegan TTLA sandwich at Whole Foods?
Everyone has been raving about it!
I really wanted to try it but it’s hard for me to pay $8-$9 for one sandwich when I know that I can make an even better sandwich at home. Actually, if you buy all the sandwich ingredients, you could make three sandwiches for the price of one! You can’t beat that deal!
I love recreating my favorite restaurant meals at home! Like, the Holy Shiitake Pizza from Mellow Mushroom. YUM!
I’ve also heard from multiple people that they can’t even get the sandwich at Whole Foods right now because it’s so popular that they keep running out of the TTLA sandwich ingredients! Have no fear, you can make the best TTLA at home right in your own kitchen!
What is a TTLA Sandwich?
The TTLA is a vegan twist on the classic BLT sandwich. It’s everything you love about a BLT, with the addition of avocado, on a toasted ciabatta roll.
This is what’s in the TTLA sandwich:
T – Tempeh (Lightlife Organic Fakin’ Bacon is what Whole Foods uses)
T – Tomato (I like to use a ripe beefsteak tomato)
L – Lettuce (Butter lettuce or romaine would be best)
A – Avocado (I prefer a Hass avocado over a Florida avocado)
Plus, the most delicious vegan garlic aioli sauce!
The tangy tempeh bacon, crisp butter lettuce, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, and zesty garlic aioli go so well together, I can definitely see why the TTLA sandwich is so wildly popular!
Many people have said they like to add pickles and red onions too. I think pickled red onions would also be delicious!
What Does Fakin’ Bacon Taste Like?
The TTLA is a vegan version of a BLT. That means that the TTLA doesn’t have animal-based bacon in it, it has delicious tempeh bacon!
When you cook the tempeh bacon, it really smells like animal bacon but without the cruelty. Even my hubby wandered into the kitchen while I was cooking and asked what I was making that smelled like bacon!
After he ate the TTLA sandwich, he said that the only difference he noticed was that the tempeh bacon wasn’t as crispy as animal bacon. You could easily remedy this by sauteeing the tempeh bacon longer or by roasting it.
I haven’t had bacon in a few years but I do remember what it tastes like. I wouldn’t say the tempeh bacon tastes exactly like animal bacon– but it’s close. The flavor is great, the color is spot on, and texture is delicious. It’s definitely close enough to be a great substitute in a BLT.
What I think gives the fakin’ bacon its bacon-like flavor is the soy sauce, cider vinegar, beet powder, and smoke flavor. The tempeh bacon does have a fair amount of sodium so I wouldn’t make this an everyday meal but it’s great when you have a craving for something indulgent!
Does the TTLA Sandwich Have a Special Sauce?
What really puts the TTLA sandwich over the top is the vegan garlic aioli!
Garlic aioli is garlicky, lemony, creamy goodness that you’re going to want to put on everything, it’s freakin’ delicious! Try this recipe, it’s so easy to make and it’s way better than store-bought sauce.
Don’t skip the sauce, it’s what makes this sandwich so delicious!
Related Vegan Sandwich Recipes
Whole Foods TTLA Sandwich Recipe (Copycat)
- In a pan over medium heat, saute 3 slices of tempeh bacon in olive oil until brown and crispy, about 5 minutes (flip halfway through).
- Slice the ciabatta roll in half and layer the butter lettuce, tomato, tempeh bacon, and avocado on one half of the bread. On the other half, generously slather the vegan garlic aioli.
- Use a misto to spray a tiny bit of oil on the top and bottom of the press so it will help the bread get perfectly crisp. Press the sandwich for two minutes, or until it's toasted to your liking.
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