After Abra and I tested out these vegan curry chickpea salad collard wraps we knew it was time to make collard wraps a new lunch staple. Not only are these beautiful wraps fun to make, but they’re also so easy to customize with any of your favorite recipes!
Seriously, just take your fav veggies, proteins, dressings and sauces and roll those babies up in a giant collard leaf. It’s a wonderful gluten free, grain free and low carb alternative to regular wraps if that’s something you might be looking for. Check out our full tutorial on how to make collard wraps below, and don’t forget to try out some of our favorite recipes to add to collard wraps at the end!
What are collard greens?
Collards are a dark, leafy green in the same family as kale and cabbage. The stem and leaf of collard greens are much tougher than, say, spinach leaves, making them the perfect gluten free and low carb vehicle for wrapping up with your favorite sandwich and wrap ingredients. Collard greens, like most leafy greens, are packed with vitamins and nutrients as well.
Besides enjoying them raw as a wrap, collard greens are a traditional Southern side dish often cooked low and slow with a fat source like ham hock or bacon, plus plenty of seasonings.
Prepare your collard greens for wraps
Good news: you can eat collard greens raw! I always use raw collard greens to make my wraps, but you’re welcome to quickly steam them or soak them in warm water before using them if you’d like a softer, more mild-flavored wrap.
How to make collard wraps
Step 1: cut & shave the stem
The stem of collard leaves is very tough, so you’ll want to remove it before wrapping. Cut the stem off of the collard green leaf and then shave it down using a small knife so that it’s flat. This will help prevent the collard leaf from breaking at the end and make it easier to roll up.
Step 2: add your filling
Feel free to add anything you’d like to your collard leaf! I love experimenting with different veggies, proteins and sauces, and even taking my favorite salad recipes and rolling them up into a collard wrap. Add your filling to the middle-bottom of the wrap. Recipe suggestions below!
Step 3: roll your wrap
It’s time to roll! Carefully roll the collard wrap up just like you would with a burrito, tucking in the ends as you go so that the filling stays inside.
Step 4: slice and eat
Finally, cut your collard wrap in half and enjoy! They’re perfect for arranging on a platter if you’re serving guests, or meal prepping and storing for later.
Now that you’re an expert and making collard wraps, it’s time to try them with delicious recipes! Below you’ll find some of my favorite salads and fillings that are perfect for rolling up into your collard wrap. Enjoy!
Beans & chickpeas
How to Make Collard Wraps
Learn exactly how to make collard wraps for the perfect easy lunch filled with veggies and protein! In this step-by-step tutorial for making collard wraps, you'll learn how to prep your collard greens, fill them with delicious ingredients and roll them up well. Fill your homemade collard wraps with one of our delicious suggested recipes!
- 2 large collard wraps
- Your favorite veggies, proteins or salad.
Cut the stem off of the collard green leaf and then carefully shave it down using a small knife so that it’s flat. This will help prevent the collard leaf from breaking at the end and make it easier to roll up.
Add any veggies, protein and/or sauces to the middle-bottom of each collard leaf, or evenly divide a salad recipe onto each leaf.
Carefully roll the collard wrap up just like you would with a burrito, tucking in the ends as you go so that the filling stays inside.
Cut your collard wraps in half and enjoy!
I hope you love this easy tutorial on how to make collard wraps! If you try any of these recipes be sure to leave a comment and a rating on the recipe page so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!