These veggie pinwheels are a rainbow of colorful fresh veggies with ranch flavored cream cheese, all rolled up inside a spinach tortilla wrap. The perfect back to school lunch!

Rainbow veggie pinwheels are easy finger foods for families on the go and are perfect for home, school, or work lunches.  Sometimes when I want a lunch that is easy to eat anywhere I make these veggie pinwheels with some homemade chex mix or some chips and a little container of this dill dip.

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Veggie pinwheels on a board filled with bell peppers, carrots, cabbage and spinach.

Where has the summer gone? It feels like June was just yesterday and now today is our first day back at school! Along with the new school year comes the need for healthy and easy back-to-school lunch options. Turkey sandwiches can get kind of boring, which is why I have been working on some more creative ideas like these rainbow veggie pinwheels!

How Do You Make Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels?

Let’s talk about how to make rainbow veggie pinwheels. I took a large tortilla, added a layer of ranch spread and then layered on a rainbow of thinly sliced veggies. I used red bell peppers, carrots, yellow bell peppers, spinach and shredded purple cabbage, but you could swap out for other colorful veggies if you prefer. Other great options would be broccoli, green beans, orange bell pepper, thinly sliced zucchini or yellow squash, or cucumber.

A spinach tortilla with layers of rainbow colored veggies.

Pretty right? You want to keep the veggie layers thin so that the pinwheels will hold together. The tortilla gets rolled up tightly and then sliced into pinwheels. My girls were thrilled with these, one of them said they reminded her of a veggie sushi! I used my homemade ranch dip powder for the spread but store bought ranch powder will work fine too. It works best to cut the vegetables into long strips; if you cut them small they’ll be more likely to fall out of the pinwheels. You can add a little shredded chicken or sliced deli turkey for extra protein if you prefer, but that’s totally optional and honestly I think these veggie pinwheels are pretty perfect as is.

I’ve included a video that shows you just how simple it is to make the rainbow veggie pinwheels. Enjoy!

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5 from 29 votes

Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels

AuthorSara Welch
Veggie pinwheels on a board filled with bell peppers, carrots, cabbage and spinach.
A rainbow of veggies and chicken are combined with ranch spread on a rolled tortilla to make healthy and delicious pinwheel sandwiches.
Time
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine American
Serves 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 large tortillas
  • 2/3 cup whipped cream cheese (can use light)
  • 1 tablespoon dry ranch powder (you can also use store bought)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper strips
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot strips
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced yellow bell pepper strips
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 cup cooked shredded chicken (optional)

Instructions 

  • Mix together the cream cheese and ranch powder until thoroughly combined.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the 4 tortillas.
  • Leaving a 1 inch border on all sides, lay out 2 tablespoons of each vegetable in rows across the tortillas; top with shredded chicken.
  • Roll up each tortilla tightly; if the ends don't stay shut you can add a bit more cream cheese to seal. Cut crosswise into pinwheels and serve.

Notes

Make Ahead: The pinwheels can be made the day before you plan to serve them.
Little Helpers: The kids can actually make these themselves with your supervision, just give them a spoon or spatula to spread the cream cheese instead of a knife.

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4825IU | Vitamin C: 55.9mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1.7mg

This post was originally published on August 9, 2015 and was updated on August 14, 2017. This post was originally sponsored by Smart & Final.

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  1. These were easy to make and delicious!! I did add some Finley chopped chive to the cream cheese mixture. Turned out really good and was a hit at the party. Thank you for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    These rainbow veggie pinwheels are awesome! I love them. They are so pretty that everyone that sees them wants to try them. Great, easy, healthy lunch to pack for my daughter to take to camp.

  3. Looks wonderful, am always looking for cold salad options. I love Quinoa but seem to make the same salads. Am going to like your page

  4. Talk about colorful! I love the idea of loading pinwheels with veggies as another way to sneak them in! I could easily add some meat to my hubby’s to hold him over through the long afternoon!!

  5. I love how colorful both of these recipes are. A delicious, healthy lunch that everyone in my family would love and the dressing in the quinia salad sounds perfect.

  6. These veggie pinwheels are making me very hungry. Look at all those wonderful veggies you have put in them. I can’t wait to try it.

  7. These are beautiful! I am all about eating the rainbow and I feel like this would be a great way to get my kids to eat extra vegetables. I love that sesame lime quinoa salad!

    1. Thanks Julia! My kids would probably reject the veggies if they were plain, but they ate the pinwheels without complaint!

  8. Gah – This is so pretty and colorful!! My moonbug would looooove this in a packed lunch. And let’s face it, so would I!!

  9. Loving the “two for one” with this 🙂 I’d gladly eat both. Beautiful photos, too!

      1. What happened to the Asian Quinoa Salad recipe on your site?! I made it the other day and it has suddenly vanished?

        1. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, I’m in the process of moving that recipe into its own post. It was confusing to people to have two unrelated recipes in the same post! Please email me at sara@dinneratthezoo.com and I’ll send you the recipe so that you have it while I’m creating the new post for it. Thanks!

  10. Oh I love the veggie pinwheels – they do look like sushi, and my kids love anything that looks like sushi. #client

      1. There used to be a Asian quinoa salad on this same pin, but I see you’ve revelry updated it. Do you know how I could track that down again? Thanks.