Spring is in the air! And this paleo and gluten free collard green spring rolls recipe is a perfect way to celebrate it. Spring rolls are light, refreshing, and healthy - just what you need right now as winter winds down into summer's heat.
These Paleo Collard Green Spring Rolls are the perfect recipe for a healthy appetizer or light lunch. They are loaded with delicious veggies that are full of nutrients such as vitamins A, K, and C. It's also high in fiber which makes you feel full longer so this dish not only tastes good but it will keep hunger at bay.
The toasted sesame oil and spicy coconut dipping sauces give it a burst of flavor that will keep you coming back for more. They're delicious but be mindful of your sauce intake as that is where the calories are at!
These nutritious rolls are addicting though. I'm not going to lie, I can eat all of it in one sitting. It'll keep you satisfied without feeling too heavy!
- Preparation time: 25 minutes
- Cooking time: 5 minutes
- Total: 30 minutes
- 8 large collard green leaves
- 1 cup carrot, grated
- 1 cup cucumber, julienned
- 1 yellow bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 bunch mint leaves
Toasted sesame oil sauce
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/8 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 pinch of salt
Spicy coconut sauce
- 1/4 cup chili pepper, finely chopped
- 1/8 cup shred fresh coconut
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
- 1/8 onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 garlic clove
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
How to make collard green spring rolls
- Bring water to a boil in a saucepan or kettle.
- As you wait for the water to boil, start removing the stem bottoms attached to the collard green leaves.
- Pour the boiled water onto the leaves for 15 seconds until they turn greener and softer. Pat dry each leaf with a paper towel or a clean dish cloth.
- Lay the collard leaf flat on a dry surface or chopping board. Add small portions of carrots, cucumbers, yellow bell peppers, and some mint leaves at the center.
- Fold the sides and roll the collard green leaf upwards to form a neat roll shape.
- Slice in half and serve with sauces. Enjoy!
To make the toasted sesame oil sauce
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well until combined to a smooth consistency.
To make the spicy coconut sauce
- Add all ingredients except for the coconut shreds and blend until smooth.
- Transfer to a serving bowl, add shredded coconut and mix it together.
How to wrap spring rolls
It may look tricky to wrap a spring roll in a collard green leaf, but it's really not that hard. Take a look:
- Start by laying out the leaves on a flat surface, like the counter.
- Next, add in the vegetables by placing them in the center of the leaf.
- Fold in the ends before you start rolling. This is important in order to keep all those yummy veggies from falling out.
- Finally, fold one side in and then roll the leaf outwards.
Tip: Be sure to keep the roll tight as you go along. A loose roll will just keep getting unraveled until everything falls out.
Tips For Success
Spring rolls are so fun to make because you can really play with the ingredients and sauces to make it exactly how you like. The combinations in this recipe are amazing, but if you want to make it your own, here are some tips:
- This recipe wraps the vegetables inside of a collard green leaf, but if you'd rather just get a taste of the greens, you can chop them up and add them to the inside of the wrap instead. Use rice roll papers as you normally would to wrap it all up.
- The dipping sauces are what really enhances these spring rolls. Don't skip them! If you want to try Mango Chili or Peanut Ginger sauce, you can see the recipes in Rainbow Spring Rolls.
- There are lots of great veggie options for spring rolls. You can add sliced radishes, red or green bell peppers, daikon, cilantro, or red or white cabbage. The variety is endless. Pick some that go well together and give it a try!
- You can keep the spring rolls in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Keep the sauces stored separately otherwise the rolls will get soft.
- These rolls don't do well with freezing since they would wilt when they thaw. It's easy to make new ones though, so you can always have some fresh.
- Pot or kettle for boiling water
What ingredients are inside these spring rolls?
For our collard green spring rolls recipe, we went with carrots, cucumbers, yellow bell peppers, and mint leaves. And for our sauces, we went with a toasted sesame oil sauce and a spicy coconut sauce. (I would like to point out that some paleo followers say that toasted sesame oil is not approved, while many others say it is! So use at your discretion!)
I have made this recipe with various fillings and various types of sauces in the past. It's definitely nice to switch things up and try new flavors! So don't feel like you have to follow along "to a T".
What meal should they be eaten as?
This collard greens spring rolls dish is so delicious and so versatile, it can be served as an appetizer or eaten as a light lunch.
Is this recipe also vegan?
Yes, our fillings for the spring rolls are vegan but the toasted sesame dipping sauce contains honey. It can easily be swapped out. This yummy veggie spring rolls recipe can be customized to be vegan, vegetarian, paleo, keto, and gluten-free depending on what fillings you want inside and what sauces you make.
What do collard greens spring rolls taste like?
The collard greens have a slight bitter flavor that combines well with various sauces and ingredients. It’s crunchy and delicious by itself, however, the sauces definitely enhance its flavors. Try it with some favorite traditional sauces like a peanut sauce or even a sweet mango chili sauce!
This nutrition card is calculated by a third party app and is only an estimate. The numbers will vary based on the specific ingredient amounts and brands you use in making this recipe.
2 servings per container
Serving Size1 serving
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 7g 35%
- Sodium 690mg 29%
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Potassium 661mg 19%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
- Sugars 13g
- Protein 5g 10%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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