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Turkey Cheddar Lunch Roll Ups make the best lunch, appetizer or snack that everyone will love! Soft tortillas are spread with cream cheese, turkey slices, lettuce and cheddar cheese slices.These are fun and perfect to add to your kid’s lunch boxes!

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Who doesn’t love a quick and easy lunch!? These Turkey and Cheddar Lunch Roll Ups are the easiest to whip up and make the best lunches, especially for kids. Similar to my Italian Pinwheels and  Salami and Spinach Lunch Roll Ups, these Turkey Roll Ups are quick and extremely easy to make. They are ideal to put in your kids lunchbox and they will be sure to eat them all.

These turkey pinwheels are fun way to enjoy lunch because they are rolled up and require a few bites. You can serve these as a healthy snack, lunch, or a great party appetizer. If you love seafood, you need to try my Smoked Salmon Roll Ups.

You can double, triple or quadruple this recipe depending on how many rolls ups you want to make. Adding these to any lunchbox will make anyone a happy camper! Serve these with fresh fruits, crackers for the perfect lunch. You can also use ranch dressing as a dipping sauce to add more flavor. 

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Customizable: You can use any of your favorite type of cheese, tortillas, and deli meat, for these pinwheel sandwiches. 

Pretty to look at:  Not only are these bites delicious, but they are gorgeous when served on a platter- they will catch everyones attention.

Perfect to bring: To any potluck, party or to pack in a lunchbox. Kiddos won’t get tired of eating these so it’s a great way to get them to eat their lunch!

Made with simple ingredients: You only need a handful of ingredients to make these and make a quick lunch.

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key ingredients

  • Cream cheese: flavored cream cheeses such as sun dried tomato, onion and chive cream cheese, or herb spreads such as Boursin cheese work great and adds flavor!
  • Salt + black pepper: Adds flavor. You can also add garlic powder and onion powder for more flavor. 
  • Green onion: If your making this for kids, you can omit the onions if you prefer
  • Deli turkey: Salami, deli ham, and roast beef are other great alternatives or you can use a combination of any of these
  • Sliced cheddar cheese: Swiss cheese, Havarti, Jack, Mozzarella, American cheese, and Pepper Jack work great in this recipe too.
  • Tortillas: We use flour tortillas but if you want to make this a healthier option, use whole wheat or whole grain tortillas.
  • Shredded lettuce or fresh spinach: Adds a bit of crunch and color.
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HOW TO MAKE TURKEY ROLL UPS

Mix cream cheese mixture: In a small bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, green onions, salt and pepper until combined.

Spread cream cheese on tortillas: Lay one tortilla flat on a cutting board and spread half of the cream cheese mixture all the way to the edge of the tortilla. This will act like the “glue” and seal the tortillas together.

Assemble roll ups: Sprinkle half of the lettuce on the the tortilla and then layer 3 slices of turkey and 2 pieces of cheese. Be sure to place the turkey and cheese on the left side of the tortilla but not touching the edge. Start by rolling one end of the tortilla gently but tightly. Roll until the tortilla is completely rolled up and press your finger to seal the tortilla roll ups. Add more cream cheese if needed to seal more. Continue with the remaining tortilla.

Slice and enjoy: Cut each tortilla roll up with a sharp knife in half and then cut each half into 5 pieces and remove the unfilled ends or keep them to eat. Serve and enjoy!

TIPS & variations

  • You can use whipped cream cheese to ensure an easier spread on the tortilla.
  • Make sure when rolling up your tortilla, roll it tightly so the roll ups don’t fall apart.
  • Other additional ingredients you can add are: sliced tomatoes, mashed avocado, olives, spinach, sprouts, and sliced cucumbers. If you want to add more you can use a larger sized tortilla so they don’t break when rolling.
  • If you serve these for a party, you can insert a toothpick to seal them to ensure they won’t fall apart and they will be easy to pick up.
  • These can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free tortillas. 
  • Cheese variations: I always recommend sliced cheese versus shredded cheese for roll up recipes so the cheese won’t fall out and it won’t be messy. Mozzarella cheese, Monterey Jack, sharp cheddar, white cheddar and pepper jack will work. 
  • Cream cheese spread: Plain whipped cream cheese, herb cream cheese, hummus or Boursin spread would be great alternatives and will add flavor. Chopped olives, tapanade, or ranch flavor would also be a great add-in! 

HOW TO STORE TURKEY ROLL UPS

You can store these roll ups in an air-tight container or cover dish tightly with plastic wrap for up to 4 days. If they are not stored properly the cream cheese will become dry and possibly crack.

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Turkey and Cheddar Lunch Roll Ups

Turkey Cheddar Lunch Roll Ups make the best lunch, appetizer or snack that everyone will love! These are fun and perfect to add to your kids lunchbox!
3.60 from 100 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kids, lunch, lunch ideas, turkey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 roll ups

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces. cream cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 green onion; thinly sliced
  • 6 slices deli turkey
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2 regular sized tortillas
  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, green onions, salt and pepper until combined.
  • Lay one tortilla flat on a cutting board and spread half of the cream cheese mixture all the way to the edges. This will act like the "glue" and seal the tortillas together.
  • Sprinkle half of the lettuce on the the tortilla and then layer 3 slices of turkey and 2 pieces of cheese. Be sure to place the turkey and cheese on the left side of the tortilla but not touching the edge. Start by rolling one end of the tortilla gently but tightly. Roll until the tortilla is completely rolled up and press your finger to seal the tortilla roll ups. Add more cream cheese if needed to seal more. Continue with the remaning tortilla.
  • Cut each tortilla roll up in half and then cut each half into 5 pieces and remove the unfilled ends or keep them to eat! Serve and enjoy!
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Notes

  1. You can store these roll ups in an airtight container for up to 4 days. If they are not stored properly the cream cheese will become dry and possibly crack.

This recipe was originally published on July 21, 2020. It was republished on January 23, 2024, to include additional and updated information.

 

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25 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Such a fun and easy recipe. We will be making these regularly for lunch while we work at home, for sure! They are so quick to make, they’r even the perfect work day break. Thank you fo the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    These roll ups are great idea for lunch or even Summer party! They are so easy to make, yet have lots of flavor! Need to make it this weekend.

  3. 5 stars
    What a perfect recipe for a school or office lunch! I love how easily it rolls up and how it’s all bite sized! I’m going to make this for lunch tomorrow! Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my word! I need this Turkey Cheddar Lunch Roll Ups in my life. I have to rethink lunch today. lol.

    1. Hi! Thanks so much! Yes you can definitely make it in bulk and refrigerate it up to 4 days, OR you can wrap the roll ups in plastic wrap and slice when ready to eat for an extra 3 days in the fridge. Hope this helps!

  5. 5 stars
    What a great idea for school lunches! These would also be perfect just to place on the kitchen table so they have something to snack on.