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 Hawaiian at all)!
A quick and easy homemade pineapple dressing is tossed with pasta, ham, and bell peppers for a uniquely delicious side dish!
It’s potluck perfect and makes a great side dish or light meal.
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!
- Pasta – Use any medium shaped pasta, farfalle, shells, and rotini are favorites.
- Add Ins: In this easy recipe, ham and pineapple are the stars, inspired by flavors on a Hawaiian pizza. Red peppers add crunch and color while green onions add flavor.
- 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).
This recipe is not a Hawaiian dish, and it is not Hawaiian pasta salad like a Macaroni Salad found on a typical Hawaiian Plate Lunch. In 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.
The Pineapple Dressing
You can use almost any dressing on pasta salad. This recipe includes a fresh and zesty pineapple dressing. Making homemade dressing is very quick and easy, and the flavor is much better than store-bought dressing.
- Mayonnaise and sour cream are the creamy base
- Pineapple (and a bit of cider vinegar) add tang and freshness
- Dijon and garlic powder add flavor while honey balances out the dressing.
Tips for Pasta Salads
- Don’t overcook the pasta, it will soften as it soaks up the dressing.
- Add extra 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.
Perfect Pasta Salads
Did your family love this Ham & Pineapple Pasta Salad? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
Ham & Pineapple Pasta Salad
- 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
- ½ cup mayonnaise or dressing
- ⅓ cup pineapple juice
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- salt & black pepper to taste
- In a large pot, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and run it under cold water to cool.
- In a bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients until smooth.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooled pasta, ham, pineapple, bell pepper, green onion, and dressing. Gently toss to combine.
- Refrigerate the pasta salad for at least 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Since this is summer – why not use fresh pineapple ?
Fresh pineapple would be delicious Phyllis!
cool and refreshing.
i made it using a bag of cheese tortellini instead of plain pasta, so I could serve it as a light, easy meal. I added a bit of ground ginger and some red pepper flakes, only because the dressing was lacking a bit of flavor to me. (JMHO) It was AWESOME!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!
I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe Cathy, your version sounds delicious!
I’m an activity director at a senior Retirement living community. We put on a fun cooking show once a month. The seniors loved this. Everyone wanted the recipe.
Love it. Had the pasta part down already. But didn’t have what dressing to use. Truly delious.
My family LOVES this recipe!! We had a Hawaiian themed party and everyone just loved it! Thank you so much for a great recipe
This is one of my all-time favorite salads, and I dropped by just to say “thanks” for sharing it with us.
You’re welcome, Sally! We are glad you are enjoying it as much as we are.
I love this recipe! I’ve used it countless times, and what I love is how versatile it is – you can add more or less of things, bring in different flavours like bacon rather than ham, use different vinegars or mayos for different tastes – it’s just amazing.
It’s our summer staple, and a BBQ favourite. Thank you so much for sharing this, it’s been a game changer!!!
So happy you love this recipe as much as we do, Stacey!
I love this salad. I’ve made it several times. The dressing has a different taste that is delicious and addicting to say the least. I always double the dressing and usually make it the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator. I would highly recommend this recipe. It’s really a refreshing pasta salad.
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.
Miss K, after reading your review, makes me wonder if substituting
Miracle Whip would “jazz ” it up a bit?
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 recipes
You’re very welcome Cheryl!