I share my favourite recipes for Gluten Free Vegan Collard Green Wraps, the absolutely best Healthy Low Carb Wraps for a St. Patrick’s Day lunch!
Salads- it’s the meal that we all love to hate. We eat them because we know we should, but most of us aren’t always jazzed about another forkful of lettuce. So I may be a dietitian and legit adore a good bowl of greens some times, but there are times I really just want to get my veg in another more fun way. Introducing my gluten free vegan collard green wraps. These bad boys are the handheld version of a salad and a perfect nutrient-dense vessel for all of your favourite gluten free and vegan ingredients and flavours. Also, they’re green so they help balance out the excessive green beer you’ll likely be consuming for St. Patrick’s Day!
How to Make Gluten Free Vegan Collard Green Wraps
Okay so technique here is kind of key, because we experimented a LOT to get this right. I personally feel that you need to remove the tough rib in most of your collard greens before you can make collard green wraps. It just gets way too hard to roll and in most cases, ends up buckling and bursting open when you try.
Once you remove the ribs, you can either cut it in half to yield two halves (sans rib), or you can just overlap the cut sides to close up the gap. Then I add a second full leaf but upside down on top of it. This creates a nice sturdy base for your gluten free vegan collard green wraps to hold in all of your favourites goodies.
The BEST Gluten Free Vegan Collard Green Wrap COMBOS
Much like my recipe for summer cold rolls, so the sky is the limit with these and you can easily just whip up whatever tasty ingredients you’ve got on hand, but I quite like my three go-to combos.
First, is my Sweet Potato and Apple. This is a great way to use up some of your leftover mashed sweet potatoes which work nicely as the “glue” that hold in the apple, cabbage, beets and nuts.
Second, is my Black Bean and Avocado. In this case, the avocado is the glue and offers some added protein from black beans and a nice bit of sweetness from mango and coconut.
Third, is a little Mediterranean combo with hummus (yep, that’s the glue), chickpeas, tomatoes, and olives. It’s fresh and deliciously addictive.
As you can see, you can definitely improvise your Gluten Free Vegan Collard Green Wraps based on whatever you’ve got hanging out in your kitchen. You can even make a big batch for a few days worth of lunches and switch them up throughout the week for a healthy low carb wrap lunch! You will definitely want to make them your lunch of choice for St. Patrick’s Day to ensure you’re representing TEAM GREEN!
I would love to hear what some of your favourite sandwich combinations that you would try out as one of these Gluten Free Vegan Collard Green Wraps!
Leave me a comment below with your thoughts!
Gluten Free Vegan Collard Green Wraps
- 1 head collard greens ribs removed
Sweet Potato & Apple Option:
- 1 sweet potato steamed and mashed
- 1/2 red apple thinly sliced
- 1 small beet grated
- 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
Black Bean & Avocado Option:
- 1 avocado mashed
- 1 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 mango thinly sliced
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup hummus
- 1 cup canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes sliced
- 1/4 cup green olives sliced
- 1 cup microgreens
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- Remove the rib from the collard green leaves and set one leaf down green side facing down. Overlap the leave halves so they fill up the gap. Add another leaf on top but upside down and again, overlap those leave halves.
- Add your favourite toppings into the bottom 1/3 of the leaves (with the leaves set out lengthwise in front of you (not horizontally or wide).
- Roll the bottom up, then tightly tuck in the sides as you continue to roll up the rest.
- Cut in half and enjoy!
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.