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Hawaii Inspired Pasta Salad

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This Hawaii Inspired Pasta Salad is a refreshing alternative to a Hawaiian Pizza that is perfect to take to a cookout, or for a simple dinner at home with some grilled barbecued chicken.

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This Hawaiian Pasta Salad is a refreshing alternative to a Hawaiian Pizza that is perfect to take to a cookout. Or, for a simple dinner at home with some grilled barbecued chicken.

In Hawaii, where macaroni salad is a staple when it comes to plate lunches, it’s been a long known secret that you intentionally overcook the pasta – to make it “fat”. It helps it to really soak up the sauce, and keep the pasta moist and delicious.

Why you’ll love this salad

This Hawaii Inspired Pasta Salad makes a large batch that is perfect to take to a cookout. Or, for a simple dinner at home with some grilled barbecued chicken. Leftovers were great too! With a little grilled tuna or chicken, and some diced fresh pineapple tossed it – makes for an awesome salad for lunch!

To make this Hawaiian Macaroni Salad you will need:

  • Macaroni Pasta (or Bowtie Pasta)
  • Pineapple chunks
  • cooked ham
  • Carrot
  • Green onion
  • Mayonnaise
  • Plain greek yogurt
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sugar
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How to make Hawaii Inspired Pasta Salad

  1. Prepare macaroni according to package directions and rinse in cold water
  2. In a large bowl, combine macaroni, pineapple chunks, ham, carrots, celery and green onion in a bowl. set aside.

How to make the Pineapple Dressing

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the reserved pineapple juice, mayonnaise, greek yogurt, cider vinegar, and sugar. Pour over pasta and stir to coat. Enjoy!
Hawaiian Pasta Salad Recipe - This Hawaiian Pasta Salad is a refreshing alternative to a Hawaiian Pizza that is perfect to take to a cookout. Or, for a simple dinner at home with some grilled barbecued chicken. #Hawiian #salad #salads4lunch #potluck

Hawaii Inspired Pasta Salad Recipe

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Hawaiian Pasta Salad is a refreshing alternative to a Hawaiian Pizza that is perfect to take to a cookout, or for a simple dinner at home with some grilled barbecued chicken. 

Ingredients

  • ½ pound dry elbow macaroni
  • 1 can 20 ounces pineapple chunks, drained (reserve ½ cup liquid for dressing)
  • 2 cups cubed cooked ham
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • ¼ cup green onion
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced

Pineapple Dressing:

  • ½ cup reserved pineapple juice
  • ½ light mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar

Instructions

  1. Prepare macaroni according to package directions and rinse in cold water
  2. In a large bowl, combine macaroni, pineapple chunks, ham, carrots, celery and green onion in a bowl. set aside.

Pineapple Dressing:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the reserved pineapple juice, mayonnaise, greek yogurt, cider vinegar, and sugar. Pour over pasta and stir to coat. Enjoy!

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Anna Luke

Monday 18th of March 2019

This sounds delicious, I can't wait to try it!

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