California Pinwheel Sandwiches Recipe

California Pinwheel Sandwiches Recipe

Here’s another fun and easy appetizer for you to try. These pinwheel sandwiches take only 20 minutes to make yet enough to feed a crowd! Our California pinwheel sandwich recipe is filled with ham, cheese, dill, and sour cream-based California dip rolled up in flattened white bread. Serve them with french fries and watermelon slushie for a quick snack that everyone will surely enjoy.

Preparing the California Pinwheel Sandwiches Recipe

Tips on Making Pinwheel Sandwiches

The possibilities are endless for the fillings that you can enjoy in this dish. You can use your favorite ingredients and make the best pinwheel sandwiches according to your liking. Here are a couple of helpful tips that you can take note of on how to make pinwheel sandwiches:


  • Pick a big piece of bread. You can use flour tortillas, spinach tortillas, pita bread, or your favorite loaf to make sandwich pinwheels. Bigger pieces will be easier to roll.
  • Use a thick spread that will serve as the glue to hold everything together. Use a kind that’s as thick as cream cheese or pasteurized cheese spread.
  • Customize this recipe by using your favorite sandwich fillings. You can add slices of cheddar or provolone cheese. For the meat, you can use Italian deli meat like salami, processed meat like sausages, or fresh meat like grilled beef, chicken, or turkey. Use a colorful combination of vegetables like roasted red peppers, green leaf lettuce, and green onions, and corn. Whichever you choose, just make sure that all pinwheel sandwiches fillings are sliced thin for easy rolling.
  • Skewer fresh fruits that are quite watery on top of each pinwheel slice right before serving instead of rolling them in. If you want to add fruits like mandarin oranges and ripe mangoes, this will help keep the sandwiches from being soggy.
  • Spread the ingredients evenly and to the rim so you can taste all the ingredients in each bite.

For other easy pinwheel recipes, check out this easy 5-ingredient shrimp sandwich. If you’re after a nutritious snack, we recommend making colorful veggie pinwheels is the one for you.

Sandwich roll-ups made with white bread smeared with sour cream onion dip and filled with ham and cheese. These California pinwheel sandwiches make an easy-to-make appetizer that everyone will love!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins


  • 2 white bread loaves, sliced lengthwise
  • 12 oz Swiss cheese, (around 16 slices)
  • 18 oz ham, cooked and sliced
  • ½ cup dill pickle relish, drained

For California Dip:

  • cups sour cream
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp onion soup mix
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients for the california dip.
  2. Next, flatten each slice using a rolling pin or an empty wine bottle.
  3. Take a piece of bread and evenly spread roughly 2 tablespoons of California dip.
  4. Place the cheese on the bread, top it with ham and 1 to 2 tablespoon of pickle relish.
  5. Roll the bread and wrap each roll with cling wrap and chill until ready to serve.
  6. Slice each roll into ½-inch slices. Serve and enjoy!


  • Sugar: 1g
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  • Calcium: 203mg
  • Calories: 234kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 58mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 163mg
  • Protein: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Sodium: 618mg
  • Vitamin A: 420IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make pinwheel sandwiches the night before?

Yes! You can refrigerate and even freeze them for later, unsliced. The chill time will actually help the roll-ups firm up so that they’re easier to slice. To keep them from drying out, wrap each roll-up using plastic wrap. Allow them to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to soften them up before slicing and serving.

How do you keep pinwheels from getting soggy?

If you’re storing them for later, wrap them well with plastic wrap so that moisture wouldn’t seep into them.

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Whether it’s for snack time or a big potluck, these ham and cheese pinwheel sandwiches are sure to be satisfying treats for everyone. Have them this afternoon or make them ahead of time!
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