Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

Whether you’re craving a lunch with pizzazz or you’re building a party platter, these tasty bites are a new spin on a favourite sandwich. With just seven ingredients and no stove or oven required, they’re easy to make, no matter your skill level.


  • 340 g (about 12 pcs) sliced Canadian smoked salmon
  • 1 cup (250 g) store-bought herbed cream cheese (see Chef’s Tips)
  • 4 large (10-inch) tortilla wraps (plain, whole wheat, spinach, or tomato)
  • ½ cup (60 g) red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups (68 g) baby spinach, washed and dried
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place about ¼ of the cream cheese onto each tortilla and spread evenly.
  2. Arrange a quarter of the thinly sliced red onion over each tortilla.
  3. Evenly spread 1 cup of the baby spinach over the red onions.
  4. Lightly season the spinach with salt and pepper.
  5. Divide the sliced smoked salmon equally among the tortillas, and evenly cover the spinach with the smoked fish.
  6. Tightly roll up each tortilla and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place into the fridge to allow the rolls to firm up; at least 1 hour.
  7. Using a sharp serrated knife, slice rolls into ¾- to 1-inch pinwheels. Arrange cut side up on a serving platter, or insert a toothpick through one side of the pinwheel and stand them up on a platter.

Chef's tips

  • Pinwheels are perfect for meal prep or as a kid-friendly snack. They add a creative seafood twist to any packed lunch.
  • To elevate the rolls, make your own cream cheese spread. Mix room-temperature cream cheese with your favourite herbs (e.g. dill, parsley, chives), lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper until spreadable.
  • Arugula, butter lettuce, red leaf lettuce, or sprouts can be used instead of baby spinach.
  • Rolls can be made ahead of a party, brunch, or special occasion. Slice the day of the event for the freshest taste and best texture.
  • Cold or hot-smoked salmon can be used in this recipe.
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Health Benefits of Salmon

  • Bone & Teeth Health: Salmon is an excellent source of vitamin D, which plays a pivotal role in building and maintaining strong bones and teeth while enhancing calcium and phosphorus absorption.
  • Brain & Neurological Development: As a source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, Salmon may support the physical development of the brain, eyes, and nerves, especially in children under two.
  • Energy & Cell Health: As an excellent source of B12 vitamins and selenium, and a good source of phosphorous, salmon may aid in energy metabolism and red blood cell formation, and offer antioxidant protection against oxidative stress.