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Easy Turkey Pinwheels – Great For School Lunch and Meal Prep

Looking for an easy tasty treat for school lunch or meal prep? Check out this awesome turkey pinwheels recipe! Made with your favorite cheese, turkey and seasonings.

Easy Turkey Pinwheels

Can you believe that back to school is upon us? It’s time to get all the supplies and of course, make a plan for brown bag lunches. A great option to send with the kids are this turkey pinwheels. It’s a great recipe that the family will love.

Elevate your snack game with these scrumptious Turkey Pinwheels! Layered with rich cream cheese, fresh lettuce, slices of turkey, and a hint of garlic, these bites promise flavor in every turn. Perfect for picnics, parties, or an elegant lunchbox addition, these pinwheels are the rolled treasures you never knew you needed.

Why This Recipe Works

The synergy of creamy texture from the cream cheese and sour cream, combined with the crispiness of lettuce and the savory notes from turkey slices, creates a delightful bite. Plus, the garlic powder and optional dill enhance the flavors to achieve a gourmet taste in this simple dish.

Easy Turkey Pinwheels

These pinwheels are made with flour tortillas, turkey slices and your favorite kind of cheese. These are both great for school lunches and meal prep! These tortilla pinwheels are a great lunch for big kids with a few of their favorite sides.

Turkey pinwheel sandwiches also made for an easy appetizer option. You can even add cranberry sauce to these and make some delicious turkey cranberry pinwheels. These easy turkey pinwheels are super versatile.


  • Can I use any other type of meat?
    Yes, you can substitute turkey with ham or roast beef, depending on your preference.
  • Can I use flavored cream cheese?
    Absolutely! A herb-infused or peppered cream cheese can add an extra punch of flavor.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Even Spread: Ensure that the cream cheese mixture is spread evenly across the tortilla to ensure consistent flavor in each bite.
  2. Rolling Tightly: When rolling your pinwheels, make sure to keep them tight. This will help hold the shape and keep the fillings intact.


  1. Spice it up: Consider adding some sliced jalapeños or a splash of hot sauce for a spicy kick.
  2. Veggie Boost: Thin slices of bell pepper or cucumber can add a fresh crunch.

What ingredients are needed for this turkey pinwheels recipe?

  • 4 tortillas
  • 6-8 slices of Turkey meat
  • 4 leaf romaine lettuce
  • 2 slices American, Cheddar cheese or Swiss cheese
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt (pinch)
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill, optional 

Where to Serve

  • Picnics: Pack these in your basket for a refreshing outdoor treat.
  • Parties: Present them as appetizers or alongside other finger foods.
  • Lunchbox: A perfect school or work lunchbox addition.


Store any leftover pinwheels in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. For best taste, consume them fresh or within 24 hours.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  1. Soggy Pinwheels: To prevent sogginess, ensure that your lettuce is dry and avoid storing in a humid environment.
  2. Falling Apart: If your pinwheels aren’t holding together, you might not be rolling them tightly enough. Use a bit of extra cream cheese at the edge of the tortilla as “glue.”

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  1. Safe Spread: Let the kids spread the cream cheese mixture. It’s fun and doesn’t involve sharp tools.
  2. Decorate: Encourage them to place the turkey and lettuce. It’s like decorating a pizza!
  3. Roll it Up: Kids will enjoy rolling the tortillas. Just guide them to ensure it’s tight.

Easy Turkey Pinwheels

This turkey roll ups recipe calls for regular cream cheese and you can add a little but of dill if you like. You can also replace the romaine lettuce for baby spinach if you need to.

Pinwheel recipes are so great for school lunches because they are easy to travel with. You can put them in the lunch box or even use them as the perfect low carb appetizer for game days.

Topping Options

  1. Herbs: Sprinkle with chives or parsley for color and added flavor.
  2. Drizzle: A light drizzle of olive oil and vinegar can elevate the taste.
  3. Seeds: For added texture, consider sprinkling some sesame or poppy seeds.

Enjoy these elegant Turkey Pinwheels and let the flavors dance in your mouth! Perfect for any occasion, they’re sure to be a hit wherever you serve them. Happy snacking!

They even work great for a birthday party! The best part about this recipe is that you can easily customize it with whatever you have available.

Only have whole wheat tortillas available? Use that. Feeling for roast beef instead? Try that! Deli Turkey is not your only option here. Simple ingredients is what makes this turkey pinwheel recipe so great!

If you have leftovers you can store them in an airtight container covered with plastic wrap. Enjoy these delicious pinwheels and be sure to let me know when you share it on social media!

What are some other great lunch options to try?

If you are looking for more amazing delicious lunch recipes be sure to check out this comprehensive list –> The Best Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes!

Easy Turkey Pinwheels - Great For School Lunch and Meal Prep
Yield: 8 servings

Easy Turkey Pinwheels - Great For School Lunch and Meal Prep

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These easy and delicious turkey pinwheels are so good and easy to make. Great for meal prep and school lunches!


  • 4 tortillas
  • 6-8 slices deli Turkey meat
  • 4 leaf romaine lettuce
  • 2 slices American, Cheddar or Swiss cheese 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt (pinch)
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill, optional


  1. Mix cream cheese and sour cream
  2. Add seasonings and mix well
  3. Taste mixture and make any adjustments flavor profile wise if necessary.
  4. The addition of dried dill will give the mix a slight ranch dressing flavor Add the spread to the tortillas
  5. Add meat, lettuce side by side
  6. Roll tight and place in fridge for 15-20 mins to firm up.
  7. Slice pinwheels with sharp knife and serve

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 254Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 53mgSodium 647mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 13g

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Wednesday 20th of July 2022

In the turkey pinwheels you forgot to add the sliced cheese.

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