Make-Ahead Italian Lunch Wraps
These Make-Ahead Italian Lunch Wraps are a healthier spin on a lettuce-wrapped Italian sub sandwich! They're ideal for meal prepping for a quick or on-the-go lunch.
These Italian Lunch Wraps were born from a NEED for an easy lunch that didn't require reheating and that wasn't a hard-boiled egg. Nothing against hard-boiled eggs, but after a few weeks of scrambled eggs for breakfast followed by 3 hard-boiled eggs for lunch, I thought I might actually turn into an egg myself.
One of my FAVORITE quick meals (usually for lunch) while I'm out and about is the “#5 Perfect Italian” from Jimmy John's. I'll order it “unwich-style” so that it comes wrapped in lettuce, not bread. I also ask that they HOLD the Italian dressing that comes on it because mystery fats (like the oil used in the vinaigrette) freak me out a bit. While I LOVE a good vinaigrette made with GOOD olive oil, I will try to avoid vegetable oils of other blends if at all possible.
Today's Make-Ahead Italian Lunch Wraps are inspired after that sandwich! I can't tell you how many times I've opened my refrigerator and just wished that I had a Jimmy John's sammie inside. So, I made my own …and (I argue), I made them even better. Instead of lettuce that tends to break and fall apart as you eat it, these wraps are wrapped in a sturdy (and more nutritious) collard green leaf. They're packed with the same Italian cold cuts, a few pieces of provolone cheese (omit if you avoid dairy), and we even made our own GOOD Italian vinaigrette. Because we're using a collard green leaf instead of a flimsier lettuce, these wraps are actually IDEAL make-ahead meal options.
Pro tip: if you're interested in the collard leaf for the wrap, I highly recommend shaving the stem down before rolling up your Make-Ahead Italian Lunch Wrap. To shave the stem, lay the leaf face-down on a cutting board so that the round part of the stem faces up. Using a large knife, run your knife parallel to the cutting board through the stem, cutting it almost in half length-wise. This will help make the stem as thin as the actual leaf itself, making it MUCH more appetizing and easier to eat.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and that it helps you stock your refrigerator with a travel-friendly and “QUICK! I need lunch NOW!”-friendly meal option.
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- 4 large collard green leaves, rinsed, stems shaved
- 16 slices salami
- 8 slices capicola
- 4 slices prosciutto
- 8 slices provolone cheese
For the Italian Vinaigrette
- In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the Italian Vinaigrette.
- Lay collard greens on a flat surface, then layer on to each wrap 4 pieces salami, 2 pieces capicola, 1 piece prosciutto, and 2 slices provolone cheese, then spoon desired amount of vinaigrette onto each wrap.
- Roll the wrap so that the stem spans the length of the whole roll, then cut into thirds.
- Chill until ready to serve and then enjoy!