Hawaiian Pasta Salad

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This Hawaiian Pasta Salad is a refreshing play on my favorite Hawaiian Pizza flavors and is always a hit at potlucks!  A quick and easy homemade pineapple dressing is tossed with pasta, ham and bell peppers for a uniquely delicious side dish!

Hawaiian Pasta Salad is literally one of the most delicious cold pasta salad recipes! Pasta combined with ham and sweet pineapple and tossed with a delicious homemade dressing is the perfect combination!

If you are looking for something amazing for your next gathering this is it!  This is literally one of the most delicious cold pasta salad recipes I have ever had!

Pasta combined with ham and sweet pineapple is the perfect combination!  I’ve added defrosted frozen peas to this recipe as well and they’re delicious!  The homemade dressing for this pasta salad is out of this world…  you may have a little extra left over and if you do, it’s amazing on any green or spinach salad as well!  It will keep in the fridge about 4 days.


This makes a great side dish or even an summer main dish!  I sometimes make a big pasta salad on Sundays and the kids take in their lunches throughout the week.  Makes for a wonderful lunch and it’s easy!

(Note:  This recipe is not the same as a Macaroni Salad found on a typical Hawaiian Plate Lunch…  which is usually a combination of mayo & macaroni.  

The inspiration for this dish comes from the ingredients served on my favorite Hawaiian Pizza at our local pizzeria and are not typical ingredients paired together in a traditional Hawaiian dish.)

Hawaiian Pasta Salad is literally one of the most delicious cold pasta salad recipes! Pasta combined with ham and sweet pineapple and tossed with a delicious homemade dressing is the perfect combination!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Pasta (bow tie or rotini) * Ham * Pineapple Tidbits *

Hawaiian Pasta Salad is literally one of the most delicious cold pasta salad recipes! Pasta combined with ham and sweet pineapple and tossed with a delicious homemade dressing is the perfect combination!
5 from 12 votes
Review Recipe

Hawaiian Pasta Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly N.
Course Pasta, Salad
Cuisine American
This Hawaiian Pasta Salad is a refreshing play on my favorite Hawaiian Pizza flavors and is always a hit at potlucks! A quick and easy homemade pineapple dressing is tossed with pasta, ham and bell peppers for a uniquely delicious side dish!


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  • 8 oz rotini or bow tie pasta
  • 1 (14oz) can pineapple tidbits, juice reserved
  • 1 red pepper , diced
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 1 green onion , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or dressing
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • black pepper to taste

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  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water.
  2. Whisk together all dressing ingredients until smooth.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl gently toss with dressing. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.
  4. Store refrigerated up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 241, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 489mg, Potassium: 154mg, Carbohydrates: 23g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Protein: 7g, Vitamin A: 570%, Vitamin C: 26.9%, Calcium: 23%, Iron: 0.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Hawaiian Pasta Salad is literally one of the most delicious cold pasta salad recipes! Pasta combined with ham and sweet pineapple and tossed with a delicious homemade dressing is the perfect combination!

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  1. I made your Hawaiian Bow Tie Salad today but when I was making it I discovered that I had no ham. So I found I had some baked Turkey Breast so I shredded it up and used it in this salad and OMG this salad was to die for! Thank you so much for sharing it and I know it’s going to be a favorite in my house!

  2. I made the vegan version of this, vegan mayo, vegan sour cream, and added some salt to make up for the lack of ham. I also added cucumbers and yellow, orange and red bell peppers for more crunch and color. It turned out fantastic! Thanks for the recipe :)

  3. Has anyone tried making this salad with cubed mozzarella or provolone cheese? Or would the cheese ruin the salad texture/taste?   I’m just wondering, because my favorite part of hawaiian pizza mix is the cheese!
    Thanks-Kim :)

    1. I think mozzarella would be delicious in this salad, it has a nice soft texture and mild flavor. Let us know how it goes for you!

  4. My new favorite pasta salad! My husband said it is his favorite also! This is so refreshing and full of flavor. I have also made it with whole wheat pasta, I am not a fan of whole wheat pasta, but it was really yummy in this pasta salad. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  5. I made this recipe for a Hawaiian theme potluck. It turned out so good and everyone enjoyed it. There was none left and I was asked for the recipe! Thanks.

  6. This is a keeper! It is so fresh and a delicious change of pace from my usual pasta salad. My family raves about how much they loved it!

  7. I’ve read all the comments, I’m making this for Easter, someone mentioned dry mustard, the recipe called for Dijon mustard, what’s up with that,and a few said it was bland, how an you fix that 

  8. Excellent spring to summer pasta salad! It’s light, but flavorful. I did add a little more green onion. I’m making it for a bridal shower luncheon with a Hawaiian theme. Hopefully, our guests will enjoy it as much as I do! 

  9. Thanks for this amazing recipe. I prepared this side dish and my guests loved it n came back for seconds. I loved it just as much, it was so creamy n yummy with the right flavors and that pineapple gave it that extra punch. I’m definitely adding this recipe to my collection. xoxo

  10. This recipe is amazing!!!! I made it for my daughters little bday get together and everyone loved it….but instead of the bow tie pasta i used the vegetable rotini… Delish!!

  11. Love this recipe!!! Have made it a couple of times and taken it to an outdoor event and it always goes!! This is good on its own as a meal.

  12.  Someone had mentioned that the salad need something to put it over-the-top. I would suggest try bacon added to it that puts most recipes over the top  when making any kind of a recipe. Just a suggestion   

  13. Has anyone made a different dressing as I can’t eat mayonnaise or salad cream and would love to make this any suggestions please x

  14. Made this with gluten free pasta for my celiac grandchildren. Was an amazing success with nothing left on the plates. Defendantly a keeper in my book.

  15. I’ve made this many times…It is delicious and refreshing. I’ve always had it alone, as it has meat, veggies & fruit all in one. I’m always looking for something ‘different’ and this definitely fills the bill.

  16. Made this salad today for us to try tonight, my son loves Hawaiian pizza made as is except added lite spam and some fresh cilantro and parsley mix. I tried it before putting in the fridge tasted really good

  17. Holly, I made you Hawaiian Pasta Salad it was to die for. I just did half the ham cause I’m not crazy over ham & added some extra pineapple, red peppers and did a whole box of spirals and doubled the dressing. I Love It.
    Great Job, Enjoyed it very much.

  18. Good salad. It was missing some flavor. I didn’t add slat since I figured the ham would be salted enough but I think the dressing and pasta absorb so much flavor that I found it bland. I let it sit a few hours in the fridge to let the flavors meld and set. Tasted it again and still found it bland.
    Overall, I like the idea of the pineapple and ham but I’m going to play with the ingredients to get it to my liking.

  19. Wow this is good! Just made it for a BBQ. Doubled whole recipe, extra green onion, and added minced jalapeno, bacon and tomato. Excellent!

  20. I just made this and personally I would take out the mustard… I’m not a big fan of dry mustard other than that it was delicious! I did add black olives to ours. I will make this again.

  21. I have made the Hawaiin Pasta Salad and find it tastes more flavorful if you make it a day ahead. It went over really big.

  22. I made this Hawaiian Pasta Salad today,for a BBQ we were having.All the guests loved it . I did add a half of yellow+half of orange pepper,to the red one.I also used small chunks of pineapple instead of tidbits.It was excellent.Because I did add the extra peppers,next time I think i’ll make alittle mor dressing.But I loved it.Thank You so much for this recipe.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it Terry! The extra peppers would taste great and add lots of nice color and crunch too! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Truly one of my favorite pasta salads!! I should admit, I augmented the recipe a bit. I also added 1 can of mandarin oranges and bacon pieces. It was a huge hit! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!!

  24. hi!! just want to let you know that i am making this Hawaiian Pasta tonite for a picnic tomorrow!!! i will give you feed back!!!

    1. if your going to use the ham what’s the point trying to make the sauce vegan. ham is not a vegetable. ham comes from pig an animal with parents.

    2. Yes! Substituting a vegan mayo (I highly recommend Just Mayo — tastes just like the real thing, but no animal products) for the mayonnaise and perhaps a plain vegan yogurt (soy or coconut) would probably work very well for the dressing.

  25. I made the Hawaiian pasta tonight it was so fantastic, my husband who does not like cold pasta loved it and said can I take it for lunch Thursday

  26. Can’t wait to make this do you think I could use the sweet peppers (yellow and orange) instead of red? And I’m not sure on using the computer I’m 49 and just learning so this might be a dumb question how can I subscribe to your website? You are a cook after my own heart!!!! Can’t wait to see more Thank you and God Bless

    1. Yes, I think yellow and orange would work perfectly Kathryn! :) Great question, you can sign up for emails here. The daily emails show all new posts on the site each week while the weekly emails are collection of recipes. You can also follow along on Facebook here.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions! Have a great week!

  27. Oh my gosh. This Hawaiian Pasta Salad is FANTASTIC!! We had to taste-test it right away without waiting for the 2 hours to meld the flavors. I am telling you, this is so delicious! I’m saving the dressing part of the recipe to use on coleslaw or potato salad or whatever else I can think of to put it on. Unbelievably great! Thank you for this recipe. I can’t wait to try it on guests and see what they think.

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you loved it! We love it too (in fact, I’m making it again tomorrow) :). The dressing is also great on spinach salad!

  28. Oh my gosh, this salad rocks!! I just made it as is and it’s absolutely perfect! I’m so happy right now – I needed to take a salad to a fourth of July party in the neighborhood I just moved into. I’m going to make all kinds of friends now! :D Thank you for this!

    1. Took it tonight to a church potluck. Folks liked it but we’re afraid it had Spam on it. I think a true Hawaiian would have used Spam. Didn’t need extra salt as the ham had enough to carry that as well. Maybe a small pinch of ground ginger would have given it some umphh. It was good but seems to need something to put it over the top.

    1. You could substitute with another color of sweet pepper (yellow, orange, green) or you could leave the bell pepper out.

  29. Just now made this for a church potluck tomorrow. It’s delicious but kinda bland looking. Pink ham, red bell pepper, not much green and the pineapple chunks are invisible. I think I might add a couple more green onions and next time I’ll use a green bell pepper. But . . . with all this said it is VERY tasty!

    1. I love the idea of adding more color via extra peppers and green onions. Adding extra veggies is always a good thing!

  30. Can I save a few of your recipes in my Pinterest files, I’m not a blogger just a 69 year old grandmother, but I love saving recipes. I read cookbooks like a book, I think I might gain weight just looking at them. I don’t want to violate anyone’s rules,I just thought if there was a Pinterest sign on a recipe we could save it. Thank you

  31. This looks and sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it this summer when it’s too hot to eat and all I want is a cold pasta salad which is probably going to be Saturday or Sunday this week because it’s supposed to reach 99 here in Salem, Oregon. Will be sharing it to Facebook as well. Already pinned it on Pinterest.

    Thanks Holly!

    1. You could certainly try this recipe with chicken or turkey however it would change the flavor of the dish. You may need to increase the amount of salt slightly as well.

  32. I’m expecting my children, grands for Easter Break. I live in the Deep South so it’s almost like summer here. This was shared by a friend on FB. I just made it and it’s chilling in the refrigerator. It is unique, delicious, colorful and refreshing and would be a great accompaniment for many dishes or on its own for lunch. Look forward to trying more of your ideas, and hope the little “picky eaters” will give it a go!

  33. I made this for supper tonight, and am currently eating this as a write what I think.. I love it, I don’t think it’s bland. I like the flavors mixed together, it’s a recipe that I will add into my meal planning. Thanks so much!!

  34. I absolutely love anything with ham and pineapple! This will make the perfect Summertime salad! Can’t wait to try it! Pinned! Would love for you to share this at the OhMyHeartsieGirlsWW! Have a fabulous week!

  35. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  36. We are going to love this salad and I can’t wait to make it! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  37. I never would have thought to put these flavors together, but this looks really good! Thanks for sharing with Works for Me Wednesday!

  38. Saw this on Two Uses Tuesday and can not wait to try it. It looks delicious and is pretty, too! Thank you so much for sharing. Pin this to my Salads board. Have a Fabulous Day!

  39. for us summer is all about the pastas salads – and this one sound amazing! I’ve never tired pineapple in one before, but I bet we’d all love it

  40. That dressing is one of the most creative things I have ever seen. I love this salad.

  41. Yes please! I love Hawaiian style pizza so of course the pasta version is a guaranteed hit!