Summer barbecues, beach days, long hikes, road trips, picnics in the park – warm weather means we’re on the go more than usual and healthy portable snacks are essential. If you have a packed schedule, but want to make sure you have nutritious options to fuel all your summer plans, these collard wraps are for you!
As a member of the cruciferous family, collard greens have been shown to exhibit powerful anti-cancer properties – they also make for a perfect grain-free wrap! Paired with red cabbage, avocado, carrots, and walnuts, these wraps are not only colorful, but they’re a great source of vitamins A and C – they’re also jam-packed with fiber.
There are a few steps to this recipe, but they make a bunch, are addictively delicious, and can easily be wrapped in tinfoil and tossed in your cooler for your next picnic or hike!
These vibrant wraps are so refreshing and nutritious – they’ll be sure to satisfy no matter what your plans are this summer.
Carrot Ginger Rainbow Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Makes about 24 wraps
1 bunch collard greens
½ red cabbage, shredded
1 bag brown rice vermicelli noodles, prepared according to instructions
1 avocado, sliced into thin strips and drizzled with lemon juice
1 cup sprouts
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
Carrot Ginger Filling
3 large carrots, peeled
1 cup walnuts
½ inch piece of ginger, peeled
1 clove of garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon maple syrup
½ teaspoon salt
1 small clove garlic
½ cup peanut butter
1 inch piece ginger
1 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tamari/coconut aminos
½ teaspoon chickpea miso
½ teaspoon rice vinegar
½ teaspoon maple syrup
¼ teaspoon cayenne
Dash of salt
1. Bring a pot of salted water to a light boil. Meanwhile, create an ice bath by filling a large bowl with a mixture of ice and water. Once water is ready, add 1-2 collard leaves at a time. Once leaves turn bright green (about 20 seconds), remove from hot water and place in ice bath to cool. Repeat with all the leaves and set aside for them to dry.
2. Prepare the carrot ginger filling by placing carrots, walnuts, ginger, garlic, olive oil, rice vinegar, maple syrup, salt, and cayenne to a food processor. Pulse a few times until mixed and set aside.
3. To make the peanut dipping sauce, add garlic, peanut butter, ginger, vegetable broth, tamari/coconut aminos, chickpea miso, rice vinegar, and maple syrup to a blender. Mix on high. Add salt and cayenne to taste.
4. To prepare collards for wraps, place them smooth side down on your cutting board. Use a paring knife to gently slice the thickest part of the collard green stem running parallel to the cutting board. Next, use the bottom of a cup to press up and down a few times on the veins of the leaf softening them so they’re flexible enough to bend.
5. To assemble wraps, spread the collard leaf with a layer of carrot ginger filling. Top with cabbage, cooled brown rice vermicelli noodles, avocado, sprouts, scallions and cilantro. Fold like a burrito and enjoy! These can be served immediately or stored in the fridge for 1-2 days.
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Shauna McQueen, is a Registered Dietitian with a MS degree in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University and a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. She develops nutrition curriculum for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has experience working as a private chef, teaching both culinary and nutrition education classes, developing workshops, and creating tailored recipes—often with a vegan, gluten-free spin.
Shauna’s unique background in both nutrition science and the culinary arts allows her to create truly nourishing and health supportive food that is tasty to boot! She loves teaching others the skills necessary to create a diet they love, feel inspired by, and that supports wellness inside and out.