Thai Zucchini and Cucumber Noodle Collard Green Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce

Thai Zucchini and Cucumber Noodle Collard Green Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce

I can’t remember the day I switched from peanut butter to almond butter. I think I read an article in a magazine that “Almond butter is the new peanut butter” and I was lured in by the images of apples with big globs of almond butter on top.

I’ve never really looked back, although I do have peanut butter every once in a while.

Typically, thai wraps use a spicy peanut sauce, but, since I prefer almond (and I hope you do too!), I’ve created a thai almond butter sauce instead. You’re going to love it.

Thai Zucchini and Cucumber Noodle Collard Green Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce

This recipe is easy, no cooking required and comes together in less than 20 minutes. It’s a great option to bring to work for lunch – just wrap tightly in tinfoil or paper and keep secure. It travels very well – and the almond sauce lasts at least 5 days in the refrigerator.

I love my collard wraps, as you all know – I post them frequently on Instagram. Actually, I posted this YouTube video on how to roll the collard green wraps.

Thai Zucchini and Cucumber Noodle Collard Green Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce

This one is vegan, dairy-free and so crunchy and delicious. The almond sauce is perfectly balanced with tanginess, sweetness and savoriness. I had to be careful not to take too many spoonfuls as I was tasting it – I have been known to polish off a tub of almond butter in a day or two.

It’s easy to assemble this wrap. First, spread out a heaping spoonful of the almond butter sauce:

Thai Zucchini and Cucumber Noodle Collard Green Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce

Then, top with all the toppings! This part is totally up to you – feel free to add anything you’d like (scallions, chicken, edamame beans, tofu, quinoa, etc.) I went with some simple veggies, because I love the refreshing flavors alongside the creamy almond butter sauce:

Thai Zucchini and Cucumber Noodle Collard Green Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce

And that’s it! If you’re afraid of the bitterness of the collard green wrap, don’t be – the almond butter sauce overpowers the taste of the raw collard green.

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Also, I reorganized my Recipes page, took away the drop-down and made it like a Recipe Index, for easier navigation, especially on mobile devices:

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Hope you like the new look… and this wrap!

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Serves 1 wrap

Thai Zucchini and Cucumber Noodle Collard Green Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce

20 minPrep Time

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Ingredients

  • For the wraps:
  • 5 large collard green leaves, stems removed
  • 1 large zucchini, Blade C, noodles trimmed
  • 1 medium cucumber, Blade C, noodles trimmed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 large bell pepper, sliced thinly (1/4" thick)
  • 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
  • For the peanut sauce:
  • 1 teaspoon shredded ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, mashed to a paste
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter (I like Justin's)
  • 1.5 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, low-sodium
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, blend all of the ingredients for the peanut sauce until creamy. Set aside.
  2. Lay out a collard green leaf. Spread over with a heaping spoonful of the almond butter sauce and spread out, leaving 1" around the corners for rolling. On top, add the zucchini, cucumber, cilantro, bell pepper and cabbage. Carefully roll like a burrito and secure with toothpicks. Repeat with remaining collard green leaves and then slice both in half and serve with any remaining peanut sauce for dipping.
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Comments

  1. This looks delicious! And, I am on a healthy journey. I plan to reach my goal weight this year, 25 pounds to go, by eating more veggies, with the help of my spiralizer!, and continuing in bootcamp 3X/week, and long distance running to keep up with upcoming 5K’s, and a 17K in march. I just did my 2nd 1/2 marathon yesterday, so running is apart of my plan. :)

  2. Yum! I’m a huge fan of collard wraps. This will be a nice change up from using hummus as my ‘sauce’!

  3. I really like keeping sides light & full of of many nutrients as possible. I grew up on my grandparent’s farm & during those times it wasn’t like many farms you see today. Everything was heavy meat & potatoe dishes. It was their way of sufficing for long work days full of hard labor. And it was more affordable. Now with the information we have about what our bodies need, i like to keep the idea of keeping it simple that i learned growing up but with as much nutrients as possible & without filling yourself to where you cant breathe. I am still learning with the spiralizer but a simple side like the potatoe noodle dish from a couple days ago is perfect. Not too much but just enough to keep the body humming.

  4. One more thing, i VOW one day soon to credit being inspiralized as one of my biggest aids in losing the extra unnecessary weight. It should have happened already but it is definitely not the spiralizer’s fault. It’s my own lack of motivation (amongst other things) that is holding me back. But I have been given so many wonderful tools at my fingertips such as the spiralizer & this website that I WILL begin to hold myself accountible from now on for using them sparingly & not as much as i should. How could you not lose weight w/using these recipes religiously!?!? If i could just get past myself, i could begin to move forward.

  5. To keep learning and growing with my body! To listen to it!

  6. What healthy and delicious wraps! I love the idea of using collard greens here.. I definitely have to try out the recipe, looks perfect for a light lunch or dinner.

  7. I’m planning to make these tonight after months of following your instagram account and seeing how great they look! I was wondering.. if I make 5 of these in advance, how many days do you think they would last in the fridge? I don’t always have time in the evenings to spiralize for lunch the next day, and was wondering if I could make them a few days in advance and just keep the rolled up wraps complete with almond sauce in the fridge.

    Thanks again for your incredible website! Your journey has been so inspiring, and has definitely changed my life too!

    • Thanks for the kind words! These would definitely last in the fridge for a week – although the collard green would probably soften and the sauce would make it soggy after about 2 days. My recommendation would be to wrap them very tightly in tin foil or paper to keep them fresh!

  8. I admit I dont like kale, but I used rice spring roll papers (soaked), spinach leaves, then the sauce and veggies. Loved it! :)

  9. I have been dying to try this recipe but the grocery store that I shop at doesn’t carry collard greens. I live on an island outside of Seattle, WA and usually need to make a trip off island to a farmers market or a Whole Foods. Our local seasonal farmers market is opening the season this month so hopefully I will find some collard greens. In the mean time I used all the spiralized ingredients and through them in a bowl with some chopped spinach and dressed it with the almond butter sauce for a salad and its delicious!! That sauce is serious business :)

  10. Hi Ali, I’m a regular at your blog, my latest was a veggie version of the open bell pepper sandwich which I’m in love with :) Like a few others, I haven’t been able to source collard greens but I’m really keen to try leafy wraps as a concept. Would you be able to suggest any substitutes? Look forward to hearing from you.

    Anita

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