Tropical macaroni salad recipe

Kathleen Blumenthal
I love to cook and expand the boundaries of cooking
macaroni salad

If you haven’t tried any Hawaiian food, you’re missing on many incredible flavors that you can’t find anywhere else. This salad is sweet and tangy and can be served as the main meal or as a side dish. Make the recipe to see how macaroni will soak up the sauce and get an incredibly creamy and tender texture.

It is phenomenal, even if you’re not a pineapple type of a person, we urge you to try it here. It sets this Hawaiian macaroni salad apart from all other salads and it’s sure to be a hit. Before cooking the salad, let’s talk about one thing that makes it special. The tangy and sweet pineapple dressing.

You don’t need much for this salad because ham and pineapple form a delicious combination. The ingredients are very simple, you can find them in your fridge. The flavors go together really well. The pineapple and ham adds a Hawaiian feel.

Tropical macaroni salad recipe

This is a famous Hawaiian salad with ham, pineapple, carrots and green onions. It's incredibly delicious, thanks to the amazing mix of tropical flavors and sweet and tangy dressing. If you've craving for something light and sweet, this recipe is for you.

Course Lunch & dinner
Cuisine Hawaiian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 250 kcal


  • 20 oz pineapple chucks, drained
  • 125 ml pineapple liquid
  • 1/2 pound dry elbow, cooked macaroni
  • 125 ml shredded carrot
  • 450 ml sliced cooked ham
  • 60 ml green onion

For the dressing:

  • 125 ml light mayo
  • 125 ml pineapple juice
  • 60 ml Greek yogurt
  • 15 ml sugar
  • 15 ml apple cider vinegar


  1. Take a big bowl, add pineapple chunks, macaroni, carrots, ham, and green onion. In the meantime, take a deep dish and mix together Greek yogurt, mayo, sugar, pineapple juice and cider vinegar. Pour over pasta and leave it for 1-2 more minutes. The meal is ready.

Recipe Notes

If you have leftovers and they are a bit dry, you can add 15 ml of warm water and place the salad in a microwave for 15 seconds to loosen the sauce.

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