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Wrap sandwiches with chicken meat and fresh vegetables, close up view

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) online recipe resource provides healthy new ideas for summer fare. The user-friendly recipe site, What’s Cooking? permits users to search hundreds of recipes for just the perfect dish or item for a summer picnic or event.

Among the recipe ideas on the site is this delicious Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap.

This quick recipe can be prepared in 20 minutes.   The recipe makes six wraps.   This wrap combines seasoned chicken, sweet pineapple, crunchy shredded vegetables, and is topped with poppy seed dressing.   These ingredients are placed on warm, whole-wheat tortillas and wrapped for “handy” consumption!


1/4 cup light mayonnaise

1/8 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon poppy seeds

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

2 cups Fresh broccoli, shredded

1 1/2 cups Fresh carrots, peeled, shredded

1/4 cup Canned crushed pineapple, in 100% juice, drained

1 cup Fresh baby spinach, chopped

3 cups Cooked diced chicken, 1/2″ pieces (12 oz)

6 Whole-wheat tortillas, 10″


The filling may be made up to one day in advance. Assemble wraps when ready to serve.

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder for the dressing. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Combine broccoli, carrots, pineapple, and spinach in a large bowl. Stir in dressing and chicken. Mix well. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.
  3. For each wrap, place 2/3 cup filling on the bottom half of the tortilla and roll in the form of a burrito. Place seam side down. Cut diagonally. Serve immediately.

The handy aspect of this recipe is that the filling can be made in advance.   The USDA Mixing Bowl web site has many more interesting recipes for your summer enjoyment.   Visit the site and find the perfect dish for your family.