Ham & Pineapple Pasta Salad


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This Ham Pasta Salad is loaded with pineapple and veggies. It is a refreshing play on my favorite Hawaiian Pizza flavors (which is not actually a Hawaiian dish at all)!

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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A Fresh and Flavorful Pasta Salad

If you are looking for a pasta salad that’s a little bit different, this ham pasta salad is it! In this easy recipe, pasta, ham, pineapple, and red peppers are the perfect combination of flavors. If you love Hawaiian pizza, you’ll love this recipe too!

The dressing is a quick creamy pineapple dressing and it’s so good that I always double it for salads (it’s excellent over strawberry spinach salad too).

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

This recipe is not a Hawaiian dish and it is not like a Macaroni Salad found on a typical Hawaiian Plate Lunch. A Hawaiian plate lunch generally macaroni salad is a tangy combination of mayo & macaroni sometimes with a few other ingredients. You can find a great Hawaiian macaroni salad here.  

ingredients to make Ham and Pineapple Pasta Salad

The Dressing

You can use almost any dressing on pasta salad. This recipe includes a fresh and zesty pineapple dressing.

Making homemade dressing is actually very quick and easy and the flavor is much better than store bought dressing. If you’d like to use a bottled dressing for this pasta salad, I would suggest a honey dijon or poppy seed dressing. Something with a bit of sweetness will pair well.

ingredients for ham and pineapple pasta salad

Tips for Pasta Salads

  • Don’t overcook the pasta, it will soften as it soaks up dressing.
  • Add lots of dressing as some will be absorbed by the pasta.
  • Pasta salad is best made at least a couple of hours ahead of time so the flavors have a chance to blend.
  • Season the salad generously.

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Review Recipe

Ham Pasta Salad with Pineapple

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly N.
This Hawaiian Pasta Salad is a quick and easy dish. Homemade pineapple dressing is tossed with pasta, ham and bell peppers for a uniquely delicious salad!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rotini or bow tie pasta
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits (14 ounces) with juice reserved for dressing
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced
Dressing
  • ½ cup mayonnaise or dressing
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • cup pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • black pepper to taste

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Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together all dressing ingredients until smooth.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and gently toss with dressing. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.
  • Store refrigerated up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 241, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 489mg, Potassium: 154mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 570IU, Vitamin C: 26.9mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 0.9mg

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

Keyword Ham Pasta Salad, Ham Pasta Salad recipe, hawaiian pasta salad, how to make Ham Pasta Salad
Course Pasta, Salad
Cuisine American
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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!

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  1. I made this recipe exactly per instructions without any changes. When I first tasted it immediately after I made it, I found it to be quite bland. I refrigerated it overnight thinking that perhaps the flavors would improve. Sadly, it did not. To doctor it up I added about a half cup more pineapple, some ground ginger (about a tablespoon), some onion powder, and some pink Himalayan salt to taste. This made it much better. I still think it needs something more, so I am going to fry up some bacon. We shall see. Still a good basic recipe.2 stars

    1. Miss K, after reading your review, makes me wonder if substituting
      Miracle Whip would “jazz ” it up a bit?

  2. I’ve made this Hawaiian pasta salad quite a bit it’s one of my family’s favorites <3 Thank you for sharing such great recipes5 stars

  3. I have made this salad before and it is a wonderful change from the every-day pasta salads. My family really enjoyed this one.5 stars