Pasta salad is an amazing side for pretty much any summer meal and this ham and pineapple pasta salad is one of my favourites! A pasta salad is a salad that has a base of pasta with other ingredients in a dressing (or a sauce) and it’s generally served cold or at room temperature. This pasta salad has a base of cooked and cooled pasta (I like macaroni) along with a Hawaiian themed ham and pineapple with red bell pepper, carrots, green and red onions. The dressing has a creamy mayonnaise base with tangy pineapple juice, tart vinegar, a touch of sugar for sweetness and some salt for a salty aspect. The juicy pineapple and salty ham combo in this salad is simply amazing, especially when combined in the creamy dressing! I like to serve this Hawaiian pasta salad with huli huli grilled chicken sandwiches but it’s great with pretty much and meal!
Hawaiian Pasta Salad
A Hawaiian inspired pasta salad with ham and pineapple in a sweet, tangy and creamy dressing!
- 1 pound pasta (gluten-free for gluten-free)
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 cup pineapple, diced
- 1 cup ham, diced (optional)
- 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup carrot, grated
- 1/4 cup grated red onion
- 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the pasta as directed on the package, drain, mix with oil and let cool, mixing every 5 minutes. (The oil and mixing helps prevent it from sticking together while it cools.)
- Mix the pasta, pineapple, ham, bell pepper, carrot, red and green onions.
- Mix the mayo, pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.
- Mix the dressing into the salad and enjoy!
Option: Rinse the cooked pasta in cold water to speed up cooling it.
Tip: Make a day ahead of time and let it chill in the fridge overnight.