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Quinoa Collard Green Wraps

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Erica Julson


  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 heaping tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup chopped English or Persian cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun dried tomatoes
  • 1.5 ounces pine nuts
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese or feta
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 large collard green leaves
  • A few handfuls of ice


  • First, cook the quinoa. I like to use my rice cooker (just put the quinoa inside with 3 cups of water and cook on the white rice setting). If you don’t have a rice cooker, just follow the directions on the package. When the quinoa is done cooking, fluff with a fork and place in a large bowl.
  • Meanwhile, add the pine nuts to a small skillet. Toast lightly over low heat, stirring often, until fragrant and lightly golden, just a few minutes. Turn off the heat and add the pine nuts to the bowl with the quinoa.
  • Add the grape tomatoes, green onion, mint, parsley, bell pepper, cucumber, olives, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and goat cheese or feta. Toss to combine, drizzle with the lemon juice and olive oil, and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Toss again to combine.
  • Rinse the collard greens well to remove any grit. Cut the stems off at the base of each leaf, creating a large rectangle-like shape. If the remaining rib of the leaf is very large and thick, use a small paring knife to slice off a layer of the rib to make it more flush with the leaf.
  • Add a few handfuls of ice to a large bowl & fill with water and set aside. Add a few inches of water to a large skillet and bring to a simmer. Place each leaf, one at a time, into the simmering water to blanch for just about 30 seconds, until the greens are bright green and more pliable. Transfer to the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking, then pat dry and place on a plate.
  • When the collard greens are done, spread one out on a cutting board, mound a few generous scoops of quinoa in the center, fold in the vertical sides, then roll up from the horizontal bottom, like a burrito. 
  • Alternate Prep Options: If blanching and rolling the collard greens seems too complicated, you can always skip the blanching and eat these taco-style, with the raw leaves as your taco shells! Or, you can chop the collards and use them as a salad base, then top with the quinoa and enjoy with a fork.