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Pesto Sun Dried Tomato Pinwheels

It only takes 5 ingredients to make these flavorful pesto sun dried tomato pinwheels. They’re vegetarian and so colorful!

Pinwheel appetizers are perfect for parties, because they’re so quick to put together. Then, they just need some time in the fridge to chill before slicing.

This appetizer recipe is meatless, just like our Veggie Hummus Pinwheels and Veggie Ranch Pinwheels.

cream cheese appetizers with pesto and sun dried tomatoes

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Pinwheel appetizer recipes are a big favorite of ours. In fact, my teens like to make them and pack them for lunch or eat them as an afterschool snack. No party needed!

Not only are these pesto sun dried tomato pinwheels filled with flavor, they’re pretty to look at, so they’re attractive on a platter.

These pesto pinwheels are colorful on their own, but you could also choose flavored tortillas like spinach or tomato to add more color. They’ll look even more stunning!

ingredients to make pesto sun dried tomato pinwheels


Easy appetizers are the best! For these pesto pinwheels, you’ll need:

We recommend that you use fresh shredded Parmesan cheese rather than the pantry shaker type. The punch of flavor makes a big difference.

While these pinwheel appetizers use cream cheese, you may also be interested in our Pinwheel Recipes without Cream Cheese.

See our printable recipe card below for exact quantities and instructions.

How to make sun dried tomato and pesto pinwheels

Mix the softened cream cheese with basil pesto and shredded Parmesan cheese.

Spread 1/4 of the mixture on each of four tortillas, all the way to the edges.

spread pesto cream cheese on tortillas

Chop the sun-dried tomatoes into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle evenly onto tortillas.

rolling sun dried tomato tortilla pinwheels

Roll each tortilla up tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 1-2 hours to make slicing easier.

After chilling, slice into 1-inch pieces and lay flat on a platter to serve.

pesto and sun dried tomatoes with cream cheese and Parmesan in tortilla rollups

How to store these pesto pinwheels

You can prepare this pinwheel recipe in advance, but they’ll only last about 24 hours in the refrigerator before starting to get soggy. Keep that in mind if you’re doing party prep.

Have any leftovers? We never do! Store them in an airtight food container and store in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Because of the cream cheese and sogginess factor, I do not recommend freezing pinwheels.

More easy pinwheel appetizers

We have so many pinwheel appetizer recipes because they’re such a simple and versatile kind of recipe. You can add or take out any ingredients that you prefer. Here are a few favorites:

Looking for other types of appetizer recipes? Read our 50 Delectable Cream Cheese Dips and 3 Ingredient Appetizer Recipes for more ideas.

Yield: 24

Pesto and Sun Dried Tomato Pinwheels

Pesto Sun Dried Tomato Pinwheels

Pesto and sun dried tomato pinwheels are vegetarian, creamy and flavorful.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 oz package sun dried tomatoes
  • 4 large flour tortillas


  1. Add softened cream cheese, basil pesto, and Parmesan cheese to a small bowl. Stir well to combine.
  2. Divide mixture between each tortilla, and spread to the edges.
  3. Arrange ¼ of the sun dried tomatoes on each tortilla. 
  4. Start at one end, and tightly roll the tortilla into itself, meeting at the either end.
  5. Wrap tortilla in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until ready to serve.
  6. Unwrap, and cut into one inch pieces, discarding (or snacking on) the ends.
  7. Arrange on a platter or tray to serve.


Pinwheel appetizers do not make great leftovers, as they tend to get soggy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g
sun dried tomato and pesto pinwheels recipe


Thursday 1st of June 2023

Are all tortillas made with flour? I have two family members with Celiac disease. What else could I use?


Thursday 8th of June 2023

Yes, these are flour tortillas. But you can find GF tortillas or wraps at some larger grocery stores. Something like this: https://amzn.to/3qAvMtt

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