Tempeh and Sweet Potato Collard Wraps

Delicious tempeh collard wraps with hummus, slices of baked sweet potato, green pepper, red onion and cranberries.

Lately I’ve been making a lot of repeat meals — including collard wraps, which I’ve literally been having for lunch almost everyday. It all started with the Bean Burger Collard Wraps and now I’m officially hooked on them. I’ve been making a version with mango and tempeh, but I’ve also been experimenting with recipes of my own. They’re so easy and versatile, you can make so many different combinations.

Delicious tempeh collard wraps with creamy hummus, slices of baked sweet potato, green pepper, red onion and cranberries.

The idea for yesterday’s creation stemmed from one of my favorite sandwiches in Austin that had slices of sweet potato in it. I put two very different flavors and textures together, that of tempeh and baked sweet potato, and surprisingly it turned out to be fabulous. Definitely one of my best collard wraps yet!

Delicious tempeh collard wraps with creamy hummus, slices of baked sweet potato, green pepper, red onion and cranberries.

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Tempeh and Sweet Potato Collard Wraps

  • Author: Eatingbirdfood.com
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1


A delicious tempeh collard wrap with hummus, slices of baked sweet potato, green pepper, red onion and cranberries.


  • 2 collard green leaves, washed and dried
  • 1/2 block (6 oz) of tempeh, chopped into 1/4 inch slices
  • 23 Tablespoons hummus
  • 1 small baked sweet potato, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/8 red onion, chopped
  • 1/8 cup dried cranberries
  • pinch of ground pepper and sea salt, optional


  1. De-stem your collard leaves. I use a paring knife to shave down the stem rather than cutting it out completely.
  2. Heat non-stick skillet on medium heat and place tempeh slices onto pan. Let cook on each side for 3-4 minutes, or until it’s starting to brown a little. You don’t really have to cook tempeh as it’s safe to eat straight from the package but I like to warm it up a bit.
  3. Place the collard leaves on a flat surface, spread 1.5 Tablespoons of hummus near the top/middle of each leaf, fill each leaf with half of the remaining ingredients and wrap up like a burrito.
  4. Cut each wrap in half and enjoy.


Your sweet potato needs to be baked beforehand and cool enough to slice into chunks. I like to use the oven to bake my potatoes but the microwave works in a pinch. I haven’t had any trouble wrapping these, however if your collards seem hard to wrap you can steam them for 20-30 seconds by laying them on the same pan you use to heat the tempeh while it’s warm.

Delicious tempeh collard wraps with creamy hummus, slices of baked sweet potato, green pepper, red onion and cranberries.

You’ll notice the stem is missing from this collard wrap and that’s just because I cut out that portion when I sliced the wrap in half and ate it before the photos were taken. Don’t judge, I was hungry. 😉

New to Tempeh?

If you’re new to tempeh and a little apprehensive to try it out, don’t be! It’s just cooked soybeans (think edamame) that have been fermented. The fermentation process binds the soybeans into a cake/patty and the end result is a vegetarian food that is very high in protein and calcium. It’s similar to tofu, however there are some differences – tempeh is less processed, has a stronger flavor that is kind of nutty and also has a bit more texture.

If you’re looking for a good recipe to try tempeh for the first time, I recommend this Orange Pan-glazed Tempeh or my Curried Cauliflower with Tempeh. I also recommend buying the Light Life Three Grain variety as it has the mildest flavor and hardly any aftertaste, which I found to be an issue with some other varieties I’ve tried. You can find tempeh in the refrigerated section near the milk and cheese at natural food stores like Whole Foods, but it pops up at some regular grocery stores as well.

I hope you love these tempeh collard wraps as much as I do!

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    1. Jenny
      July 2, 2012 AT 3:34 pm

      Mmm, just made this today (although I use two collards for one wrap — less mess, more greens), and it was AWESOME. Left off the cranberries but other than that exactly the same.

      1. Eating Bird Food
        July 2, 2012 AT 11:34 pm

        Woo-hoo! So glad you liked it Jenny.

    2. Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food
      June 29, 2012 AT 2:30 am

      Collard wraps are delicious! Love the flavor combo in this one.

    3. Sara @ sarasmiles
      June 28, 2012 AT 8:20 pm

      Good to know! I have had Ellwood’s sweet and sour tempeh a couple of times, and I love it, but I never knew what it was or how to cook it myself. I am always looking for vegetarian meals that are high in protein, so I will definitely try your suggestions. Also-you inspired my dinner tonight…I made my own collard wrap with a baked sweet potato on the side!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        June 29, 2012 AT 6:23 am

        I love the sweet and sour tempeh from Ellwoods too. I need to try to recreate it at home. Hope you enjoyed your collard wrap! 🙂

    4. Ellie@Fit for the Soul
      June 28, 2012 AT 5:39 pm

      Niiiice I have everything needed! except for the collard haha. I once made something by wrapping it around other ingredients, and indeed it was tough to keep it all together! But yours looks neat and perfect.

    5. Rachel
      June 28, 2012 AT 11:21 am

      these look delicious! I have tempeh in my fridge and was in need of a recipe to switch things up 🙂

    6. Meg
      June 28, 2012 AT 12:35 am

      these look wonderful sweetheart!!!!! I have made them before, but without tempeh! I will have to add tempeh in next time!!!! 🙂

    7. jenny
      June 27, 2012 AT 9:59 pm

      seriously, thank you SO much for this. i am no longer afraid of the tempeh and i’ll go get some this week! YUM!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        June 30, 2012 AT 12:40 am

        You’re welcome! Enjoy experimenting with tempeh. 🙂

    8. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg’s FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate
      June 27, 2012 AT 9:28 pm

      What a creative wrap idea! I love it! There are so many delicious looking fiber-rich ingredients in there and it just looks so colorful! And I’ve never thought of adding sweet potatoes to my wrap – will definitely need to give that a try!

    9. Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth
      June 27, 2012 AT 4:44 pm

      Brittany you have done it again! You’re blog makes me drool every time I visit it! This looks soooo delicious! I love your recipes so much!

    10. Peter Tande
      June 27, 2012 AT 12:39 pm

      That looks like the healthiest meal ever. Just the freshness of the leaves makes it look perfect.

    11. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
      June 27, 2012 AT 10:54 am

      yum!! those wraps look amazing! i love sweet potato!

    12. Lindsey @ Pas de Deux
      June 27, 2012 AT 9:35 am

      I’ve heard of lettuce wraps, but not collard wraps! Sounds like a great idea–I must try this soon!

    13. Sarah
      June 27, 2012 AT 9:34 am

      Love recipes like this! One of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte has a collard wrap. It’s a raw and vegan place, and they soak their greens in water before making the wraps to make them more pliable and easier to chew. So tasty!

    14. Amanda
      June 27, 2012 AT 9:32 am

      Gosh! What’s going to be hard is picking a recipe to review! All of yours have been fantastic. I’ll email you the next one I make. Thanks for providing so many great ones! I love the idea of posting others’ reviews.

    15. Jaren@Kiwi Fit Blog
      June 27, 2012 AT 9:28 am

      Looks delicious! I hear ya on having no time while planning a wedding, I just may be slacking more on the wedding planning and not so much on the blog – bad bad bad.

    16. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
      June 27, 2012 AT 8:24 am

      I love new ways to use tempeh – and sweet potatoes make almost anything better! 🙂

    17. Meister, Running While Smiling
      June 27, 2012 AT 8:16 am

      Tempeh & sweet potato is one of my favorite sandwich combos ever, but I’ve never tried them in a collard wrap! Since I have an abundance of summer spinach from this week’s CSA delivery, I might have to give this guy a try tonight.

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