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!

How to Make Hawaiian Pasta Salad

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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!
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5 from 11 votes
Servings: 8 servings
Hawaiian Pasta Salad
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
23 mins
Author: Holly N.
Course: Pasta, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hawaiian pasta salad

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
  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: 11.4%, Vitamin C: 32.6%, Calcium: 2.3%, Iron: 5%

(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!


Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

157 comments on “Hawaiian Pasta Salad”

  1. 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 :)

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. I added sliced marishino cherries to the mix. Decorated with marichino cherries. So pretty and yum!

  7. Well I just got finished putting it together, I’ll let you know what my family thinks tomorrow. Looks delicious 

  8. 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 

  9. 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! 

  10. 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

  11. This looks like a yummy salad. I’m going to add purple grapes cut in half and mandarin oranges.  

  12. Yes, I give it 5 stars.

  13. Very good, dressing is excellent, does not  soak up the noodles, very creamy.

  14. can this be made the night before?

  15. 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!!

  16. I would like to make this for a croud of 50 or more. How do i do that?

  17. thanks for such a wonderful recipe i made it for my lunch but ham was not available so i used boiled chicken taste was good

  18. Love this recipe. Have made it a couple of times for events and its always gone! Is a great meal on its own

  19. 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.

  20.  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   

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. This is a family favorite. I sometimes will put cut up egg in it. This is so yummy.

  24. 2nd time making this ;) using bowties this time around. Made this for a more relaxed Easter supper.

  25. 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.

  26. I need this Hawaiian Pasta Salad in my life TODAY!!!!

  27. looking forward to making the Chicken Pasta Salad and the Hawaiian Pasta Salad this summer!!

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. Love all the salad recipes.

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

  33. very, very good, will be trying these recipes. Thanks.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. Thank you. I can’t wait to try this Hawaiian pasta salad. I would have NEVER thought of this.

  37. 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.

  38. 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!!

  39. I made this’s hawaiian salad for family today. It was a huge hit !

  40. Love this site. Great recipes

  41. 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!!!

  42. Sounds scrumptious . I’ll let you know Thanks

  43. Just made this salad today for a potluck. It is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing it!

  44. Wish you’d publish caloric information

  45. I made the Hawaiian Pasta Salad today. Delicious!

  46. Is there a way I can make the sauce vegan ? I would still use the ham and the peppers

    • I don’t follow a vegan lifestyle so I can’t say for sure.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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

    • 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!

  49. 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.

    • 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!

  50. 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!

  51. I have made this several times for our church potluck. They love it and there are never leftovers.

    • 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.

  52. How could I substitute the red bell pepper?

  53. 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!

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

  54. Cannot wait to try these recipes. Thanks for keeping a small family in mind with the amounts

  55. 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

  56. 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!

  57. Can turkey or chicken be used instead of ham

    • 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.

  58. Do you think I could substitute salami for the ham?

  59. Do you think you can sub broccolli for red pepper or would it change the taste too much?

  60. Nice salads, Holly. Thank you

  61. What? No salt? Looks awesome.

  62. Thank you Holly for the lovely salads and have a great weekend!

  63. I added some fried bacon and whole cherry tomatoes. Took it over the top.

  64. Yummy!

  65. This looks so good! Must try.

  66. OMG…..this sounds so good…..I can’t wait to try it!!

  67. I am not a Ham fan, can this be made, and taste as good with Chicken??

  68. I’m wondering if this is one of those pasta salads that is better made the day before serving?

  69. 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!

  70. Can someone comment that has already made it????

  71. Has anyone tried this recipe with chicken instead of ham?

  72. I know what I’m bringing to Bunco Thanks for sharing this.

  73. This is hands down the best pasta salad! Thank you so much for sharing!

  74. Looks amazing. I’m making it for a Hawaiian-themed potluck at work tomorrow.

  75. Just made this for a pot luck tomorrow. Hoping there will be leftovers but I doubt it. Yum!

  76. 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!!

  77. Great little recipe. Top marks. Thanks for sharing this.


  78. Wish there were more comments from people who actually made the recipe.

  79. 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!

  80. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the dressing, it’s one of our favorites.

  81. 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

  82. 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

  83. This looks beyond amazing! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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

  85. Can’t wait to try this as cole slaw instead of using pasta.

  86. 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!

  87. Yum. This pasta looks great.

  88. This is so gorgeous, I absolutely love it!! Pinning!

  89. Is there any way to not make this soy/milk free?

  90. What a great idea for a summer pasta salad! I love the flavors in this.

  91. 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

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

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

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