Make-Ahead Italian Lunch Wraps

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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.

Make Ahead Italian Lunch Wraps

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.

Make Ahead Italian Lunch Wraps

Make-Ahead Italian Lunch Wraps

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.  If you love the idea of a wrap style lunch, you might also love these Mediterranean Hummus Wraps as well!


Make-Ahead Italian Lunch Wraps

  • Author: Amber Goulden
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4


  • 4 large collard green leaves, rinsed, stems shaved
  • 16 slices salami
  • 8 slices capicola
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 8 slices provolone cheese (omit for Whole 30)

For the Italian Vinaigrette:


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the Italian Vinaigrette.
  2. 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.
  3. Roll the wrap so that the stem spans the length of the whole roll, then cut into thirds.
  4. Chill until ready to serve and then enjoy!

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  1. Kristina says:

    Sorry If this is elsewhere in your site, but what olive oil do you like? Bonus if it’s easy to find at Costco, TJs, etc and not super expensive!

  2. Teresa says:

    So delicious! Super easy and sturdy. Yum! These will be a regular in my summer rotation.