Mediterranean Turkey Pinwheels

Turkey Vegetable Pinwheel Wraps - Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Since we are officially in back-to-school season, I thought now might be a good time to share this recipe again. These Mediterranean Turkey Pinwheels are a good swap for a standard sandwich and can appeal to both kids and adults. I also have a whole lot of other back-to-school tips on the site, which you can find here (scroll down a bit), as well as recipes, which are here. And if you need more school-day/work-day inspiration, here are 10 three-ingredients lunches.

Now, let’s jump right into this Mediterranean Turkey Pinwheel business. It’s wholesome, tasty, and fun to make (catch some of the photos below from back when my daughter Virginia and her pal Anna made these at home (side note: these two are now college freshman!).

Here’s How the Whole Thing Goes Down

  1. Gather your ingredients. There are only five: A favorite flatbread/tortilla, turkey, pitted olives, hummus, and grated carrots. I often keep pre-grated carrots on hand for just this sort of thing. You can play around with the ingredients, say swap cream cheese or smashed avocado for hummus, try a different type of meat or leave it off altogether, use another vegetable, such as baby spinach or thinly sliced cucumbers.

2. Get your kiddos to layer everything onto the flatbread. Even very little ones can help spread hummus, scatter carrots, and so on. Then, have your kids start at the end with the olives and roll it on up. Use a serrated edge knife to cut this into pinwheels, helping younger children, especially, with the knife work.

3. Apparently the “don’t play with your food” rule doesn’t apply here.  

Mediterranean Turkey Pinwheels


4. Enjoy!!

If you’re interested in a few more ways to turn flatbread into lunch:

Ham and Cheesy Greens Panini

Nutty Chocolate Banana Wrap

Turkey Vegetable Pinwheel Wraps - Mom's Kitchen Handbook
5 from 2 votes

Mediterranean Turkey Pinwheels

A colorful, delicious, and nutritious lunch that you can roll up in a jiffy. 

Course Lunch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving (2 for the littlest ones)
Author Katie Morford


  • 1 whole-grain lavash or tortilla
  • 3 tablespoons hummus
  • 6 pitted olives (whatever is your favorite)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 2 thin slices turkey


  1. Lay the lavash on your work surface. Use a butter knife to spread the hummus so it covers the lavash.

  2. Scatter the carrots over the hummus
  3. Lay the turkey slices over the carrots.
  4. Lay the olives in a row along the shorter edge of one end of the lavash.

  5. Roll up the flatbread starting with the end where the olives are.
  6. Use a serrated edge knife to cut it crosswise into 4 pinwheels (younger kids should have a parent help with this).


10.22.2015 at8:43 AM #


This recipe looks great! I love the tips of involving your kids in making it. The way you packed the food makes it so much more appealing, too!

10.22.2015 at8:43 AM #

Katie Morford

It’s funny with kids, the littlest things can make all the difference. My kids really respond when their lunch is packed in tidy containers. Thanks for the comment.

10.22.2015 at9:41 AM #

Pam H.

As always, a great post – and such wonderful pictures!

I have a question about flatbread
1. Is it the same as Lavash?
2. how do you keep it from going stale or moldy? Mine always does which is stopping me from buying it as much as I might otherwise. If I put it in the fridge, to stop the mold, it gets rather hard and difficult to roll.



10.22.2015 at9:41 AM #

Katie Morford

It’s very similar to lavash. Like you, I have found that lavash doesn’t last long. I haven’t had problems with Flatout getting stale, even when refrigerated, so you might give it a try.

10.22.2015 at9:46 AM #

EA-The Spicy RD

I love all the easy lunch ideas in this 3 part series Katie! Both my kids would love all 3 of them-the only issue is that my 14 yo daughter would not take any of them to school. That is my challenge, because starting last year in 8th grade, bringing lunch to school started to be “not cool” with her. I’m fine with her buying lunch at school, but, honestly, I’ve seen the middle and high school lunch menus and, sadly, the pickens’ are slim 🙁 So, for now, I try and get her to eat SOMETHING for breakfast (it’s a challenge when she’s out the door before 7 am and not very hungry), try and get her to take an energy bar to school that she *might* eat for lunch if she’s starving. When she comes home at 3-that’s become her main meal of the day now. I know you have teenagers too-would love to know if you’ve had the same struggles, and, if so, any suggestions??? Fortunately, at least as far as lunch goes, my son’s pretty east to feed 🙂

10.22.2015 at9:46 AM #

Katie Morford

Oh my goodness…that sounds challenging. Sally at Real Mom Nutrition just wrote a piece about lunch room bullying in Parents: I think your approach to bookend her school day with some decent nutrition is wise. It is so hard at this age because opinions of peers dominate. How to make packed lunch cool? Is anyone taking their lunch? Is it about the lunch box itself? I’m sure you’ve explored it all. Would your daughter be horrified if you taught a “how to pack a delicious lunch” cooking class at school and provided fun recipes….get the other kids on board. I’d be happy to send you a copy of my cookbook 🙂

02.18.2018 at2:43 PM #

Laura Strnad

This looks great and would be a great snack too.

02.18.2018 at2:43 PM #

Katie Morford

Yes! Just as good as a snack as it is as a meal.

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