Collard Roll Ups with Coconut Curry Kale

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Author Notes: I used Collard Greens as a wrap to create "sushi like" rolls filled with sautéed Kale, avocado, and carrot ribbons.Diane Hoch

Food52 Review: WHO: Diane Hoch is a natural foods chef from New York.
WHAT: Sushi roll-style veggie bites -- perfect for a bento box lunch.
HOW: Blanch the collards, stir-fry the kale in delicious aromatics, slice up some vegetables, and roll.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We love the ingenuity of this recipe, from the combination of greens to the garlic, coconut, curry, and orange filling. It's uniquely delicious.
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Serves 4

  • 4 large collard leaves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 cups purple Kale, torn into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 carrot, cut into ribbons with peeler
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish root, grated
  1. To blanch collard leaves: In a large sauté pan add water to coat bottom of pan, about 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Place a collard leaf in pan and blanch leaf until it turns bright green in color, about 10 to 15 seconds on each side. Repeat with remaining leaves. Let cool, then cut out the thick part of the spine leaving at least 8 inches to fill and roll. Set aside.
  2. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add coconut oil. Once melted, add garlic, orange juice, orange zest, maple syrup, curry powder, and sea salt. Mix well and sauté until mixture begins to bubble, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Add kale and toss to coat. Cook until the kale becomes tender and wilted, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Place a collard leaf top side down on a cutting board. Layer 1/4 of the sautéd kale and spread it in the center of the leaf horizontally. Then add a quarter of your avocado slices and a 1/4 of your carrot ribbons. Roll collard from the bottom around ingredients like a sushi roll. Cut any excess from the leaf at the end. Slice with a sharp knife into 1 1/2 inch sections. Sprinkle with freshly grated horseradish and enjoy! Yum!
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9 months ago Diane Hoch

Thank you for your kind words! Stay in touch for sure!

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9 months ago Diane Hoch

Thank you Chris! I do love creating vegetarian recipes that receive such reviews as yours! It is amazing what you can create with nature's bounty of real food! Check out my website to find additional recipes I am sure you will enjoy! www.thefoodevolution.com

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9 months ago Chris Palmer Delacruz

Hi Diane - I just checked out your amazing website - I am an IIN grad as well :) I'm definitely going to try out more of your recipes, I eat a lot of kale and this was the best I have had so far :)

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9 months ago Chris Palmer Delacruz

Outstanding! I have never had something so healthy taste this fabulous!

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9 months ago Victoria Stanbach

Made this today! It was easier than I expected and was super yummy! Thanks!

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9 months ago Diane Hoch

So glad you made and enjoyed the recipe Victoria! I get excited about super nutrient dense foods that taste great and look pretty on the plate! I appreciate your feedback too!!

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9 months ago sandraleegarth

I am so happy I found this!

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9 months ago Diane Hoch

Thank you!! I look forward to hearing back from you to let us know how they came out!

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9 months ago Tixie

I'm making these tonight!

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9 months ago Diane Hoch

So excited that you are trying the Collard Roll Ups! Perfect for a Valentines Evening and I can't wait to hear what you think of them!

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9 months ago Tixie

Great! I have a huge winter garden, and collards and kale are so prolific. I didn't have avocado, so I used some brown rice in its place. Also, grated a small white turnip as the topper. A neighborhood tangerine served for the zest and juice. Served with broccoli and green garlic. Oh baby. For the record, DH loved 'em!

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9 months ago Tixie

PS: Next time, I'll use avocado. I can imagine that hit of cool smoothness!

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9 months ago stilllifewithwhisk

I can't wait to try these! The look so healthy & delicious.

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9 months ago Diane Hoch

Yes, I hope you do try them as they are truly delicious and healthy!
Please let us know what you think!

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10 months ago Julie

That looks delicious :) I love horseradish!

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10 months ago Diane Hoch

Thank you Julie! Yes, I love horseradish too - it adds the perfect kick to this yummy dish! I hope you try them and let us know what you think!