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Easy and Versatile Pinwheel Sandwiches

Looking for a new lunch recipe? These versatile pinwheel sandwiches are good for summer snacks and school lunches, and they also make amazing appetizers.

Pinwheels are the perfect finger food as they’re easy to eat while you’re on the go. They can be made up in advance and stored in an airtight container until ready to serve. Not only that but these pinwheel sandwiches taste great too!

Sliced pinwheel sandwiches in a green container.

These versatile finger sandwiches are a hit with kids of all ages. They’re delicious and portable, making them ideal for lunch boxes or for serving as appetizers at dinner parties.

The pinwheel sandwiches are very easy to make and only require a few ingredients. You can add more fillings of your choice, according to your taste and preference.

Let’s take a quick peek at just how easy they are to make.

How To Make Pinwheel Sandwiches

For these super simple, yet tasty sandwiches, you need the following ingredients:

  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 8 slices turkey lunch meat
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 2 slices cheese
  • savory spread
Flour tortillas, turkey, cheese, lettuce, cream cheese, and seasoning on a white background.

Begin by making a homemade savory spread. There’s no need to go out and buy a spread when you can make a healthier version in your own kitchen.

If you have a mixer, it will make it easier to cream all of the ingredients together. If not, you can still make the spread. Place cream cheese and sour cream in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. If you aren’t using a mixer, use a spatula or heavy-duty.

Once the two ingredients have been creamed together, blend in garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder and salt. If you are a Ranch dressing lover, add a little dill to the mix.

Spoon ¼ of the savory spread on top of each tortilla. Try to leave a half-inch space around the edges of the tortilla. When you start to roll the sandwiches, the spread will, well – spread a little, and leaving the border will help to prevent them from overflowing.

Top each tortilla with two slices of turkey, lettuce, and half of a slice of cheese.

Roll each tortilla up firmly and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow all of the flavors to meld (blend together). Tip: when you get ready to place them in the refrigator, place them seem-side down. If seem like they are going to unroll, insert a toothpick in the center.

To make evenly sized slices, cut each tortilla in half.

Knife cutting through a rolled pinwheel sandwich.

To make 16 sandwich bites, cut each half into half. If you want to have 24 sandwich bites, cut each half into thirds.

If you are having a party, this recipe can easily be multiplied.

Sliced pinwheel sandwiches and a wooden cutting board.
Sliced pinwheel sandwiches in a green container.

Savory Pinwheel Sandwiches

These pinwheel sandwiches are good for summer snacks, school lunches, and make amazing appetizers. Feel free to customize it to suit your personal tastes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 197 kcal


  • 4 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 8 slices turkey lunch meat
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 2 slices cheese

Savory Spread

  • ½ cup cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • tsp salt


  • Prepare the savory spread. Place cream cheese and sour cream in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Blend in garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, and salt to the cream cheese mixture.
  • Spoon ¼ of the savory spread over each tortilla.
  • Top each tortilla with 2 slices of turkey lunch meat and lettuce leaf. Add ½ cheese slice in the middle of the tortilla.
  • Beginning at the end closest to you, roll the sandwiches tightly. Place the sandwiches in the refrigerator to firm up for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Remove the sandwiches from the refrigerator and cut each sandwich into 4-6 pieces.


Calories are an estimation based on 8 servings.  Serving size will depend on how many slices each roll makes.
You can add ¼ dried dill to the savory cream cheese spread for a Ranch-like flavor.
Feel free to use your favorite cheese in this recipe.  American cheese and Swiss cheese are great options.


Serving: 1Calories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 467mgPotassium: 126mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1168IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 111mgIron: 1mg
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Pinwheel Sandwich Variations

Like to have options? Check out these pinwheel sandwich combinations:

Italian Pinwheels – Salami, pepperoni, provolone cheese, jarred red peppers. Add 1 tsp of Parmesan cheese to the savory spread.

American Pinwheels – Ham, American cheese, lettuce. Omit the garlic, onion powder, and black pepper. Add thinly sliced tomatoes before rolling up, if you’d like.

Basic Savory Pinwheels – Omit the meat and cheese. Add 1/2 cup chopped black olives, 4 ounces of chopped green chiles, and 1/2 cup of chopped green onions to the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle each tortilla with 1/2 cup shredded cheese and roll.

Feel free to experiment with the foods and flavors that you love. Pickles and mustard combined with mustard would make a Cuban-inspired roll-up. Basil and thinly sliced tomatoes with a simple cream cheese spread would make a delicious Caprese pinwheel.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition values will vary depending upon the brand of products used. Below is a snapshot of the values that were calculated for this recipe.

Nutrition breakdown for savory pinwheel sandwiches.
Pinwheel sandwiches and red and green grapes in a bento box.

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