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I had a feeling you’d be craving something green! These vegan collard green wraps are a delicious and healthy way to get those veggies in. My Mediterranean wraps are loaded with uber-healthy ingredients like cauliflower hummus, cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, onion, and avocado… all wrapped up in perfectly keto collard greens! Whether you make these wraps for an easy low carb lunch, light dinner, or colorful snack, this collard green wrap recipe is not only incredibly healthy, but it’s also incredibly delicious.
Plus, it ticks any other dietary checkboxes you or your family may have – paleo, whole30, vegetarian, and even vegan. People often ask me for vegetarian keto lunch ideas – these are one of my staples.
Before we get to how to make collard wraps, I want to call out why these make awesome wraps – they are large (about the size of a large flour tortilla) and pliable, so unlike other lettuce wraps, you can fit a lot in there and everything stays neatly contained. So awesome!
And once you start using these leaves as wraps, I have a feeling you’ll find so many collard green wrap ideas popping into your head. They are so fun!
How To Prepare Collard Greens For Wraps
The best collard green wrap recipes take a bit of prep, but I promise that it’s easy and worth it!
Collard green leaves have a tough stem running through the leaf, which is stiff and not pliable. So before we roll up the collard green wraps, we need to shave off the stem. Here is how:
- Cut off the long stem at the end of the leaf first.
- Flip the leaf over so that the veins are facing up, and use a paring knife to shave off the stiff center vein, as shown below. You want to shave off as much as possible so that it’s flat, which will allow it to bend.
- Gently bend toward the based of the leaf to see if it’s pliable. If it’s still stiff due to the stem, cut a small narrow “V” there to cut out the stiff part (photo below).
How To Make Collard Green Wraps
This collard green wrap recipe comes together really quickly – it makes a great lunch, light dinner, or even healthy snack! Here’s how we make them:
- Prepare the collard greens. Shave off the stems as shown above.
TIP: If you want your collard greens even more pliable or just softer, place the leaves into boiling water for about 30 seconds to blanch them, then transfer to ice water to stop the cooking process, pat dry with paper towels, and then use. I skipped this and they still rolled very well after removing the step as shown above.
- Prep the ingredients. Make cauliflower hummus (you can do this in advance if you like), dice the tomatoes, and cut the cucumbers, peppers and onions into thin strips.
- Fill the wraps. Lay out the vegan collard wraps and top with cauliflower hummus, cucumbers, bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes, and avocado, in that order.
TIP: Notice I cut a “V” at the base to cut out the stiff part of the stem that didn’t become pliable with shaving off alone.
- Wrap the collard green Mediterranean wraps. I’ll show you how!
How To Roll Collard Green Wraps
After you fill up your wraps with cauliflower hummus and plenty of veggies, it’s time to roll them up! The best way to do this is to roll it like a burrito:
- Start to roll up the wide side, parallel to how you have laid out the veggies.
- Fold in the sides in and continue to roll up like a burrito.
TIP: If you happen to have smaller leaves or they seem to unroll, use a toothpick to keep them rolled up. However, I find that just placing them seam side down usually works!
Once they are rolled up, you can eat them as-is, but I much prefer to slice them in half.
It’s important to use a serrated knife to cut collard wraps. A regular chef’s knife is likely to smush them.
Are Collard Greens Keto Friendly?
Yes, this vegan collard green wrap recipe is keto friendly! Each wrap has just 6 grams net carbs and it’s a great (and portable!) way to take keto veggies on-the-go.
This vegan collard wrap recipe is also paleo, vegetarian, whole30, and just plain old healthy, even if you have no special dietary needs. Even my 4-year-old ate these!
Calories In A Mediterranean Wrap
This Mediterranean wrap recipe has 208 calories per wrap. Most Mediterranean wraps will probably include flour tortillas, so will be a lot higher in carbs and calories.
Can You Make Vegan Collard Wraps Ahead?
Yes, you can definitely make these keto collard green wraps ahead. You can prep any of the components ahead:
- Prep collard wrap leaves – wash, trim, and shave the stems
- Make cauliflower hummus
- Slice cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, and onion
When ready to serve, slice avocado and assemble the wrap.
Or, you can make the Mediterranean wraps and store them in the refrigerator for a up to 4 days.
TIP: If you will store the prepared collard wraps for more than one day, drizzle the avocados with lemon juice before wrapping to slow down the browning process, and wrap the leaves around the filling extra tightly to keep air out.
What To Serve With Mediterranean Wraps
This raw collard greens wrap recipe can be served on its own for a light meal, or served with a simple side. Here are some of my favorite sides for keto collard green wraps:
- Small serving of berries like raspberries
- Cubed cheese
- Cashews or macadamia nuts
- Rutabaga Fries – These healthy fries make a great a side to raw vegan collard wraps. Serve them with avocado mayo or keto ketchup.
- Avocado Tuna Salad – If you aren’t vegan, this is a great way to add a dose of protein to the keto collard greens recipe.
Tools To Make Vegan Collard Wraps
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- Paring Knife – Using a small knife to make the vegan collard wraps makes sure you don’t cut more of the green than you want to.
- Sandwich Toothpicks – Toothpicks will help keep the vegan collard green wraps secure.
- Avocado Keeper – If you go through as many avocados as we do, this avocado saver is a MUST!
Mediterranean Keto Collard Green Wraps Recipe
Mediterranean Keto Collard Green Wraps Recipe
This Mediterranean keto collard green wraps recipe is a delicious way to eat your veggies! It takes just 15 minutes and 7 ingredients to make vegan collard wraps. Paleo and whole30, too.
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Use a paring knife to shave off the thick part of the collard green stems. (See photo in the post above to see how to do this.)
Lay out the collard leaves and spread 2 tablespoons (30 grams) cauliflower hummus on each, leaving a 1-inch (2.5 centimeter) border without it, so that it doesn't seep out. Top with cucumbers, bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes, and avocado, in that order. Place all the veggies lengthwise in the same direction, perpendicular to the length of the leaf.
Wrap the collard green wraps, starting with the wide side. Fold in the ends first and then roll up like a burrito. (You'll want to roll parallel to the way the veggies are cut and laid out.)
Place seam side down and repeat with the remaining collard wraps.
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Serving size: 1 collard green wrap
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