I grew up on a lake and spent most of my childhood summers on its rocky shoreline or cruising around on my dad's boat. Long summer days on the water were always accompanied by coolers full of cold-cuts, cheese, chips, sliced veggies, juicy watermelon, and so many delicious dips. Picnics were the name of the summer game. But my favorite picnic meal was my mom's picnic roll ups, which are essentially just full-sized wraps cut into bite-sized pin-wheels. Bite-sized servings and colored toothpicks make everything more fun, right?
As I grew up, the roll-ups did too--new sauces were tested, vegetables were added, and the amount of meat grew. Today we enjoy them with a quick and easy chipotle sauce, two or three types of meats, and plenty of vegetables, with just a little bit of cheese. They're totally customizable, so you can use whatever you already happen to have in your refrigerator, or you can make them exactly as the recipe is written. It's all up to you. Eat them at home or throw them into a to-go container and take them with you. Michael and I have enjoyed them on casual picnics, hikes, and boat rides.*
*We even took them on a day-long kayak trip to enjoy for lunch once! Unfortunately, we hit some rapids in the middle of our journey and our kayak flipped. The small cooler we'd packed them in filled with water and our roll-ups were goners. Would recommend eating these dry. This recipe is a 0/10 when served with a side of river water.
Recommended ingredients for these picnic roll ups.
- Tortillas. We like to use these Mission low-carb tortillas. They come in regular, sun-dried tomato, and spinach herb flavors, and are more of a fajita-sized tortilla than the traditional wrap or burrito sized tortillas. They're also keto-friendly, if that happens to be something you're in to. For gluten-free, we recommend these Mission gluten-free tortillas--the texture is very similar to the regular ones! Any tortillas work, though. Use whatever you normally like.
- Lunchmeat. We like a mixture of ham, turkey, and salami, but we've also been known to omit the salami or add some pepperoni. Sliced chicken works great too!
- Green onions
- Romaine lettuce
- Sliced black olives
- Shredded cheese
- Some kind of sauce. We use a homemade chipotle sauce, which just requires a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and greek yogurt (or sour cream). Ranch dressing, mayonnaise, or mustard also work great.
- Toothpicks. For holding them together (I wish they could hold my life together too). We just use regular ones, but I've been seeing these fun ones everywhere, and TBH, I wish I had some.
- Whatever else you want. Your roll-ups, your rules. If you don't like something above, leave it out. If you want to add something else, just add it. You're not hurting my feelings (unless you add ketchup. That's a personal attack).