Easy Pesto Turkey Wrap (Pinwheels – NO Cream Cheese)

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Pesto Turkey Wraps – a herbaceous basil pesto topped with juicy turkey, smooth, tangy feta cheese, red onions, cucumbers, spinach, and cheddar cheese all wrapped up in a soft tortilla – Delicious. These can be eaten as is or cut into pinwheels/roll-ups – making them perfect for tailgating, potlucks, or picnics!

Pesto turkey wrap pinwheel sandwiches.
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Looking for a tasty, healthy, and easy lunch or dinner idea? Look no further than these pesto turkey wraps! This recipe is made without any cream cheese, making it perfect for those looking for a lighter dairy-free option. The wrap can be eaten as is or cut into pinwheels/roll-ups. 

All you need is some tortillas (or low-carb wraps), cucumbers, spinach, turkey, feta, red onions, and cheddar cheese. The pesto mayo sauce adds a touch of flavor and creaminess to the wrap. If you’re looking for something a little bit different than your average turkey sandwich, then give these wraps a try!

Why You’ll Love This Pesto Turkey Wrap Recipe

  • Easy to make –  this recipe comes together in minutes!
  • Healthy – packed with protein and veggies, this wrap makes for a satisfying and nutritious meal.
  • Customizable – feel free to swap out the tortillas for low-carb wraps, add in your favorite veggies, or use a different type of cheese.
  • Kid-friendly – cut them into pinwheels and watch them disappear!
ingredients for the pesto turkey pinwheel sandwiches.
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Ingredients You’ll Need To Make Pesto Pinwheels 

  • Tortilla or Low-Carb Wrap
  • Pesto
  • Mayo
  • Cucumber 
  • Baby Spinach
  • Deli Turkey
  • Colby or Sharp Cheddar
  • Crumbled Feta
  • Red Onion

How To Make Turkey Pesto Pinwheels With Tortillas 

In a small bowl, mix together mayo and pesto.

a small bowl with pesto and mayo mixed together ready to spread.
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Spread pesto mixture onto the wrap.

A large tortilla with pesto and mayo mixture spread in a thin layer.
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Layer cucumber slices and baby spinach across the wrap. 

next step in process with baby spinach and cucumbers layered on top of tortilla and pesto mixture.
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In a straight line near the middle, layer turkey and cheese.  

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Finish with feta and red onion.

Final step of the wrap assembly with feta cheese and red onions layered on top of turkey and cheese.
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Roll together and cut in half to serve. (Long sandwich toothpicks are helpful but not necessary.)

Pesto turkey wrap complete and being rolled up.
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    What To Serve With Your Turkey Wraps

    These wraps go great with a side of fruit or roasted veggies. If you’re looking for something a little heartier, try pairing them with soup or salad. 

    If you’re making them for your kids, you can’t go wrong with ending the meal with funfetti Rice Krispie treats!

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    How To Store Pesto Pinwheels

    These pesto pinwheels should be eaten within a few hours of making them. If you need to store them for later, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

    They should last a day or two that way, but you do run the risk of the tortilla becoming soggy due to the pesto sauce. I recommend making these and eating them the same day. 

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    Variations & Substitutions 

    • Tortillas: feel free to use low-carb tortillas or wraps in this recipe. I like using the Mission brand Carb Balance Tortillas, but any kind will work. 
    • Pesto: you can use store-bought pesto or make your own homemade pesto. If you want a lighter wrap, you can leave the pesto out altogether. The wrap will still be good without it.
    • Mayo: if you don’t want to use mayo in this recipe, you can easily swap it out or leave it out altogether.
    • Cheese: I used Colby cheese in this recipe, but feel free to use any type of cheese that you like. Sharp cheddar, Swiss, and mozzarella would all be good options.
    • Feta: I love the taste of feta in this recipe, but feel free to leave it out if you’re not a fan.
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    Turkey Wrap FAQs

    What can I use in place of the pesto in this recipe?

    If you aren’t a fan of basil pesto or just don’t have any on hand, you can use any other type of pesto: sun-dried tomato pesto or parsley pesto, or even a good hummus. 

    How should I cut these pinwheels?

    I like to use a sharp knife to cut these into even slices. You can also use a serrated knife if you find that your tortilla is tearing. 

    Can I use a different type of meat other than turkey?

    Sure! You can use ham, roast beef, or chicken in this recipe. If you’re using a lump of cooked meat, just make sure to chop it up into small pieces.

    Other Easy Lunch Recipes You’re Sure To Love

    So, there you have it! If you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch recipe that the whole family will love, then give this pesto turkey wrap a try. They’re healthy, delicious, and can be customized to fit your taste preferences. Don’t forget to check out our other easy lunch recipes for more ideas!

    Pesto Turkey Wraps

    Pesto Turkey Wraps

    These easy pesto turkey wraps made without cream cheese are a healthy choice for lunch and so delicious!


    • 1 Wrap or Tortilla
    • 2 Tbsp Pesto
    • 2 Tbsp mayo
    • 8-10 Cucumber slices
    • ½ C Baby Spinach
    • 2 slices Deli Turkey
    • 2 slices Colby or Sharp Cheddar
    • 1 Tbsp Crumbled Feta
    • 1 slice Red Onion, separated


    1. In a small bowl, mix together mayo and pesto. Spread onto wrap.
    2. Layer cucumber slices and baby spinach across the wrap. 
    3. In a straight line near the middle, layer turkey and cheese. Finish with feta and red onion. 
    4. Roll together and cut in half to serve. (Long sandwich toothpicks are helpful but not necessary.

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