There’s nearly always an appealing meatless option for many of our favorite dishes. That’s the big lesson I learned when writing Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals.

Today’s recipe is a perfect example. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have believed  there was a satisfying BLT sandwich alternative, but there is.

Three things make this Meatless BLT great: smoked mozzarella, crumbled pita chips and Maggy’s special sauce–a mix of mayo, Dijon, and grated red onion–a recipe she picked up when working at a London pub a few years back. The smoky rich cheese coupled with the crumbled pita chips making pretty convincing bacon, and the sauce heightens the sandwich’s flavor.

Another tip: don’t skip lightly salting the tomatoes before putting them on this sandwich… or any salad or sandwich for that matter. It’s a simple, but important tweak.

Here’s to Meatless Monday fun!

Meatless BLT’s

Serves 4

1/4  small red onion, grated
1/2 cup regular or light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
8 slices good quality white bread
8 ounces smoked mozzarella, sliced thin
2 large tomatoes, sliced thin and lightly salted
8 Romaine lettuce leaves, torn into large pieces
1/2 cup crumbled plain pita chips

Mix onion, mayonnaise mixture, and mustard in a small bowl; set aside.

While toasting bread, prepare mozzarella, tomatoes, and lettuce.

Spread a portion of mayonnaise on each piece of toast and top with lettuce. Top 4 of the toast slices with tomatoes, cheese, and pita chips; cap with remaining 4 toast slices. Halve and serve.