Mediterranean-Inspired Turkey Pinwheels

published Nov 15, 2021
Pinwheel Recipe

These spiraly snacks only take 15 minutes to assemble.

Makes about 28 (1-inch) pinwheels

Prep15 minutes

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a stack of Pinwheels (tortillas wrapped with various ingredients and sliced like sushi) on a white plate
Credit: Kelli Foster

No matter the occasion, put a plate of pinwheels out and it’s all but guaranteed each spiraly snack will be gobbled up in no time. I can’t remember a party that didn’t include tortilla pinwheels when I was a kid, and these days they’re my go-to whenever I need a simple, crowd-pleasing bite that’s bound to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Pinwheels are endlessly customizable, and this is our favorite Mediterranean-inspired version, layered with a rich sun-dried tomato and herb cream cheese spread, fresh baby spinach, and turkey. 

Best Filling for Pinwheels

The best (and most traditional) filling for pinwheels starts with cream cheese. It’s rich, ultra-creamy, and super spreadable. Here, it’s mixed with Parmesan cheese, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and, to help make it even more spreadable, a splash of milk. The Mediterranean-inspired spread gets topped with baby spinach and sliced deli turkey.

If you’d rather not use cream cheese, you can use an equal amount of softened fresh goat cheese in its place. Because it’s a little more dry than cream cheese, you’ll need an additional two tablespoons of milk (1/4 cup total) to thin out the spread.

Credit: Kelli Foster

How to Assemble Pinwheels

  1. Soften cream cheese.
  2. Make the spread.
  3. Layer the cream cheese mixture, baby spinach, and deli turkey on burrito-size tortillas.
  4. Roll pinwheels.
  5. Chill.
  6. Slice pinwheels.

Can I Make These Ahead?

Yes! Just not too far ahead, though, because you don’t want the pinwheels to get soggy. After assembling and rolling the pinwheels, you want to give them at least one hour to chill in the fridge before slicing. This gives the cream cheese spread time to firm up and makes the pinwheels easier to slice, while holding their shape. 

Tortilla pinwheels can be made a few hours or up to the night before you plan to serve them. 

Pinwheel Recipe

These spiraly snacks only take 15 minutes to assemble.

Prep time 15 minutes

Makes about 28 (1-inch) pinwheels

Nutritional Info


  • 8 ounces

    cream cheese

  • 1/3 cup

    sun-dried tomatoes in oil (about 2 ounces)

  • 1/4 cup

    finely grated Parmesan cheese (1 ounce store-bought or 1/2 ounce grated on a Microplane)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons

    Italian seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons


  • 2 ounces

    baby spinach (about 2 cups)

  • 8 ounces

    thinly sliced deli turkey

  • 4

    burrito-size flour tortillas (10-inch)


  1. Cut 8 ounces cream cheese into 1/2-inch cubes and place in a medium bowl. Set at room temperature to soften, about 1 hour.

  2. Finely chop 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes and if needed, finely grate 1/2 ounce Parmesan cheese. Add the tomatoes, Parmesan, 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder to the cream cheese and mix until well combined. Pour in 2 tablespoons milk and mix until fully combined and the mixture is spreadable.

  3. Place 1 burrito-size flour tortilla on a flat work surface, top with 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture (about 1/3 cup), and evenly spread to the edges of the tortilla. Top with 1/4 of the baby spinach (about 1/4 packed cup) in an even layer, then top with 1/4 of the deli turkey (about 3 slices) in an even layer.

  4. Roll up the tortilla very tightly, making sure there is no gap in the center. Place on a plate or small baking sheet seam side-down. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling ingredients.

  5. Cover and refrigerate until the cheese firms up, at least 1 hour. Trim the ends and cut the rolls crosswise into 1-inch rounds. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Substitutions: An equal amount of fresh goat cheese can be used in place of cream cheese. When using goat cheese, you will need an additional 2 tablespoons of milk.

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 day.