Pinwheel Sandwiches – 4 Ways

5 from 9 votes

Looking for lunch ideas? These pinwheel sandwich recipes are easy to make and have some untraditional fillings that are sure to be a hit.

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Looking for a quick and healthy lunch option? Try making one of these four easy pinwheel sandwich recipes! They are all simple to make and taste great. Plus, they are perfect for packing in a lunchbox. Whether you are in the mood for a hummus and veggie pinwheel, an everything bagel cucumber and tomato pinwheel, a pesto turkey pinwheel, or a chicken salad pinwheel, I have you covered!

Rectangle dish with 4 different style pinwheel sandwiches, 3 of each kind, in rows.

Whether you call these tortilla rollups, spiral sandwiches, or pinwheels, these easy sandwich alternatives will be a hit at your next party or picnic! A tortilla is a blank canvas for endless flavor possibilities, so get creative and have fun with it!

why you’ll love these pinwheel sandwich fillings

  • Bold flavor in a little bite. Move over turkey and cheese sandwich. These pinwheels have a variety of bold flavors that will excite your taste buds!
  • They are easy to make. These pinwheel sandwiches are so simple to make. Just spread your favorite condiment or dip on a tortilla, add your favorite fillings, and roll it up! That’s it!
  • They are perfect for entertaining. Whether you are throwing a party or going to a potluck, these sandwiches are perfect for feeding a crowd!
  • They are healthy! Packed with veggies, lean protein, and whole grain tortillas, these little sandwiches are a nutritious option.
  • You can make them ahead of time. Assemble the pinwheels in advance and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. They are also great for meal prep!

Hummus & Veggies Pinwheel sandwiches

This vegetarian pinwheel sandwich is packed with healthy ingredients and bold flavors. The combination of carrot, zucchini, and red pepper with creamy hummus makes for a delicious and satisfying sandwich roll-up.

ingredients you’ll need

  • Tortilla: You’ll want to get the large burrito-size tortillas for this recipe. The smaller tortillas will work in a pinch but don’t roll up as well and will make fewer pinwheels.
  • Hummus: I like to use homemade hummus, but you can also use store-bought.
  • Carrots: Make carrot ribbons with your vegetable peeler for layering. You can also grate the carrots if you find that easier.
  • Zucchini: A mandoline slicer comes in handy for thinly slicing the zucchini, but you can also use a sharp knife or vegetable peeler. I don’t recommend grating the zucchini since it has such a high moisture content.
  • Red pepper: The pop of sweetness you get from the red bell pepper is a nice contrast to the other flavors in this pinwheel.
Ingredients for recipe: large tortilla shell, carrot, zucchini, red pepper, and hummus.

how to make Hummus Veggie Pinwheel sandwiches

  1. Place the tortillas on a large cutting board. Add the hummus to the tortilla, spreading an even layer all over the surface of the tortilla.
  2. Layer the veggies, zucchini, and carrot ribbons first, followed by the bell peppers.
  3. Take the bottom portion of the tortilla, and fold it about ⅔ of the way up and over the vegetables. Using your fingers, pull back on the folded-over portion of the tortilla to create the start of a tight spiral.
  4. Cut the roll with a serrated knife into bite-sized circles.
4 image collage on how to make a pinwheel sandwich recipe: spread hummus, add bell pepper and zucchini, roll tortilla shell, slice into thin rings.

And there you have it, easy and delicious hummus pinwheel sandwiches that are perfect for a quick and healthy lunch!

Hummus and veggie pinwheel sandwiches on a round plate with ingredients off screen on sides.

Everything Bagel Cucumber and Tomato Pinwheel sandwiches

I just couldn’t leave out an everything bagel pinwheel! It’s my personal favorite and such a fun twist on the classic cucumber sandwich.

ingredients you’ll need

  • Tortillas: Again, here, you’ll want to use a burrito-size tortilla to make sure you get a full sandwich roll.
  • Cream cheese: I used full-fat cream cheese, but you could also use reduced fat or even a vegan cream cheese.
  • Cucumber: Use a mandoline slicer or vegetable peeler to get thin cucumber slices or ribbons.
  • Tomato: I like to use a small round tomato because they are easy to slice, but you could also use Roma tomatoes or even beefsteak tomatoes.
  • Everything bagel seasoning: You can find this in the spice aisle of most grocery stores.
Ingredients for recipe: large tortilla shell, everything bagel seasoning, cream cheese, cucumber, and tomato.

how to make Everything Bagel pinwheel sandwiches

  1. Place the tortillas on a large cutting board. Add the cream cheese to the tortilla, spreading an even layer all over the surface of the tortilla.
  2. Layer the cumber ribbons first, followed by the tomatoes.
  3. Take the bottom portion of the tortilla, and fold it about ⅔ of the way up and over the vegetables. Using your fingers, pull back on the folded-over portion of the tortilla to create the start of a tight spiral.
  4. Cut the roll with a serrated knife into bite-sized circles.
4 image collage on how to make a pinwheel sandwich recipe: spread cream cheese, add tomato and cucumber, roll tortilla shell, slice into thin rings.

The combination of smooth cream cheese, crisp cucumber, and juicy tomatoes seasoned with everything bagel seasoning are irresistible!

Everything bagel pinwheel sandwiches on a round plate with ingredients off screen on sides.

Pesto Turkey Pinwheel sandwiches

There’s just something about a sandwich with pesto on it that feels so elevated and gourmet. These pinwheels are no exception! The cheese, paired with the turkey and fresh greens, makes for a delicious and flavorful bite.

ingredients you’ll need

  • Tortillas: You’ll want to use the large burrito-size tortillas so you can get a good, tight roll on your pinwheels.
  • Pesto: I like to make my own pesto, but you can also use store-bought.
  • Turkey: You can use deli meat or cook your own turkey breast for this recipe.
  • Cheese: I used cheddar, but you could also use Swiss, provolone, or even a dairy-free cheese.
  • Greens: I used spinach leaves, but you could also use arugula or kale. how to make Pesto Turkey pinwheel sandwiches
Ingredients for recipe: large tortilla shell, sliced turkey, sliced cheddar cheese, pesto, and spinach.

how to make Pesto Turkey pinwheel sandwiches

  1. Place the tortillas on a large cutting board. Add the pesto to the tortilla, spreading an even layer all over the surface of the tortilla.
  2. Layer the turkey followed by the cheese, and finish with the spinach.
  3. Take the bottom portion of the tortilla, and fold it about ⅔ of the way up and over the vegetables. Using your fingers, pull back on the folded-over portion of the tortilla to create the start of a tight spiral.
  4. Cut the roll with a serrated knife into bite-sized circles.
4 image collage on how to make a pinwheel sandwich recipe: spread pesto, add spinach and cheese, roll tortilla shell, slice into thin rings.

These pesto turkey pinwheels are so easy to make and can be prepped ahead of time, making them perfect for a quick and healthy lunch!

Pesto turkey pinwheel sandwiches on a round plate with bowl of fresh spinach off screen on sides.

Chicken Salad Pinwheel sandwiches

This chicken salad pinwheel is a fun twist on the classic sandwich. The dill adds a pop of flavor and the celery gives it a nice crunch.

ingredients you’ll need

  • Tortillas: You guessed it… Burrito-sized tortillas for the win again!
  • Chicken salad: Shredded chicken, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, dill, Dijon, celery, salt, and pepper are all you need for a bright and satisfying chicken salad.
  • Lettuce: Butter lettuce is my go-to for these pinwheels, but you could also use remain or even iceberg.
Ingredients for recipe: large tortilla shell, chopped chicken, leaf lettuce, dill, mustard, celery stalk, lemon, greek yogurt, and seasonings.

how to make Chicken Salad pinwheel sandwiches

  1. Place the tortillas on a large cutting board. Add four leaves of butter lettuce to each tortilla.
  2. Add half of the prepared chicken salad on top of the lettuce, spreading it into an even layer.
  3. Take the bottom portion of the tortilla, and fold it about ⅔ of the way up and over the vegetables. Using your fingers, pull back on the folded-over portion of the tortilla to create the start of a tight spiral.
  4. Cut the roll with a serrated knife into bite-sized circles.
4 image collage on how to make a pinwheel sandwich recipe: spread sauce, add toppings, roll tortilla shell, slice into thin rings.

The end result is a perfectly portable chicken salad sandwich roll-up that is perfect for a quick and healthy lunch!

Chicken Salad pinwheel sandwiches on a round plate with ingredients off screen on sides.

Tips for making tortilla pinwheel sandwiches

  1. Work on a flat surface. Although it may be tempting to make pinwheels on a plate, the slight raise of the edges will make it harder to roll your tortillas tight. Instead, use a cutting board, countertop, or even a clean sheet pan.
  2. Chill your pinwheels before slicing. This will help them hold their shape and prevent the fillings from spilling out.
  3. Use a sharp knife. A serrated knife works best for slicing through these tortilla sandwiches. Wipe your knife between slices. This will help to keep the pinwheels looking neat and tidy.
  4. Use colorful toothpicks to keep them together and for serving. I like to use wooden toothpicks because they are easy to grab and don’t leave a big hole in the sandwich. However, you could also use plastic party picks.
Pinwheel sandwich with spinach, turkey, cheddar cheese, and spinach, stacked on a round plate with extra ingredients in background.

what to serve/pair with easy pinwheel sandwiches

how to store pinwheel sandwiches

These tortilla pinwheel sandwiches are best served the day they are made. However, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

how long will pinwheels last in the fridge?

This is going to depend greatly on what you used inside your pinwheel. For example, the hummus and veggie pinwheel will last up to four days, whereas the chicken salad may only last two or three. The tortillas will get soggy the longer they sit.

Frequently asked questions

How do I keep my pinwheels from getting soggy?

The best way to keep your pinwheels from getting soggy is to make them fresh. You can store most types of pinwheels in an airtight container just make sure to eat them within a day or two. Or, if you are using a particularly wet dressing or sauce, be sure to put it on the side so that it doesn’t make the tortillas too wet.

Can I use small tortillas or corn tortillas?

I don’t recommend using small tortillas as they will be more difficult to roll and may tear. Corn tortillas tend to fall apart and really aren’t great for pinwheels. However, if you are gluten-free, you could use a gluten-free tortilla.

Can I make pinwheels out of lettuce?

If you are cutting out the carbs, you could make lettuce cups or sandwiches using large lettuce leaves. I would not recommend trying to roll the lettuce up and cutting into it, the filling will most likely just fall out.

4 image collage of different pinwheel sandwiches on round plates.

There you have it! Four easy pinwheel sandwich recipes for a quick and healthy lunch or party app! Which one is your favorite? Do you have a favorite pinwheel recipe that is not mentioned above? Let me know in the comments!

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Pinwheel Sandwiches – 4 ways

Looking for lunch ideas? These pinwheel sandwich recipes are easy to make and have some untraditional fillings that are sure to be a hit.
5 from 9 votes
Servings 4 servings per recipe
Course Appetizer, Sandwich
Calories 142
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Ingredients
  

Hummus & Veggies

  • 2 large burrito-size tortillas
  • ¼ cup prepared hummus
  • 1 carrot peeled into ribbons
  • 1 small zucchini peeled into ribbons
  • 1 small red pepper cut into matchsticks

Everything Bagel Cucumber & Tomato

  • 2 large burrito-size tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons everything bagel seasoning
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers shaved into ribbons
  • 1 small tomato thinly sliced (you’ll want about 6 slices)

Pesto Turkey

  • 2 large burrito-size tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 6 thin slices of deli style turkey breast
  • 6 thin slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach

Chicken Salad

  • 2 large burrito-size tortillas
  • 8 butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • For the first three pinwheels: Place the tortillas on a large cutting board. Add the spreadable ingredient (hummus, cream cheese or pesto to each tortilla, spreading into an even layer all over the surface of the tortilla.
  • Divide any of the remaining ingredients evenly between each tortilla, layering them in the center of the tortilla.
  • For the chicken salad pinwheel: Place the tortillas on a large cutting board. Add four leaves of butter lettuce to each tortilla. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, dill, Dijon, celery, salt and pepper. Stir until all of the chicken is evenly coated with the yogurt mixture. Add half of the prepared chicken salad on top of each, spreading it into an even layer.
  • To roll the pinwheels: Take the bottom portion of the tortilla, and fold it about ⅔ of the way up and over the vegetables. Using your fingers, pull back on the folded over portion of the tortilla to create the start of a tight spiral.

Notes

The nutrition card reflects information for the Hummus Pinwheel recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 292mg, Potassium: 409mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 3724IU, Vitamin C: 56mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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Pinwheel sandwich with spinach, turkey, cheddar cheese, and spinach, stacked on a round plate with extra ingredients in background.

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  1. Meal prepped these for lunch today and for the week and they were so tasty! Love that there’s a variety of options to fill the pinwheels with and they’re easy to pack for on the go!

  2. My kids love these, they are fun, easy and so yummy! My kids also love helping me make these. They are great for school or on the go.

  3. Super practical for snacking at work 😅
    I’m a huge fan of Yumna’s hummus recipe, so I tried the veggies and hummus version, which is super easy to make and so tasty! I love everything bagels so I’ll definitely try those next.

  4. Loved this pinwheel sandwiches recipes. My 10 year old niece cannot just get over them. My favourite part about these is that they are so versatile in terms of fillings. And super easy & fun to make. I used store bought hummus but next time I would really like to give a shot at making the hummus at home. ❤️❤️❤️
    Thank you

    1. Thank you so much! That is such a compliment to hear. I love making homemade hummus and hope you get a chance to try it soon, too!

      1. Ah, yes!! Saved your hummus recipe already!! 🤤
        Also I shared the pictures of my pinwheel sandwiches @drool._.skool
        🤍

  5. I made the sandwiches for lunch and it was delicious 😋. Endless possibilities to make a yummy lunch for little people and big people too😊 I posted the pictures on my Instagram @agi1971 so colorful and easy to prepare. Thank you for sharing the recipe and making our lunches a little more exciting.

  6. I made these with everything leftover! Humus, chicken and salad.. and oh, sooo good (*in your style*). Such easy meal on the go idea. Filling and scrumptious! Wish there was an option of uploading the pics here too.

    1. That sounds extra delicious! Feel free to join my Facebook group (Feel Good Foodies: A Community!) where people share their photos of their recreations with me.

  7. These are the sushi of sandwiches! Made the pesto Turkey and everything bagel ones and they were so good and packble for school lunch! Thank you for the great ideas!!

  8. I made the turkey pesto for lunches this week. Quick and tasty! Thanks for the idea! Needed a fresh idea for lunches, and this worked:)

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