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Pineapple Pasta Salad

Are you tired of the same old pasta salad? Get ready to discover a whole new level of deliciousness with a pineapple pasta salad! This delightful combination of sweet pineapple and perfectly cooked pasta will transport your taste buds to a tropical paradise.

Whether you’re hosting a picnic, attending a potluck, or simply craving a quick and satisfying meal, this salad is a game-changer. Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s also packed with nutritious benefits.

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Can I make pineapple pasta salad ahead of time?

Absolutely! One of the great things about pineapple pasta salad is that it can be made ahead of time, allowing you to save valuable prep time and ensure that the flavors have time to meld together.

This makes it an ideal dish for picnics, potlucks, or any occasion where you want to have a delicious and hassle-free option ready to go. Simply prepare the salad according to the recipe, toss all the ingredients together, and refrigerate it!

The flavors will continue to develop as it chills, resulting in a more flavorful and well-marinated salad. Just remember to give it a good stir before serving to distribute the dressing and ingredients evenly.

pineapple pasta salad styled with a full pineapple and crushed pineapple

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What ingredients do I need for pineapple pasta salad?

  • Elbow macaroni pasta
  • Celery 
  • Mayonnaise
  • Plain greek yogurt 
  • Shredded coconut 
  • Crushed pineapple with juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
ingredients needed to make a pineapple pasta salad

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How do I make pineapple pasta salad?

Cook pasta according to the directions on the package.

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Once pasta is cooked and cooled add all ingredients and mix well.

pineapple pasta salad with pepper and salt sprinkled on top

Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. 

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How do I store pasta salad?

To properly store this pasta salad, place the salad in a container that has a tight-fitting lid. This will help prevent any air exposure and keep the salad fresh. Then, put the container of pineapple pasta salad in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it.

Pasta pineapple salad can typically be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. After that, the quality may start to decline, and it’s best to discard any leftovers.

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What do I serve with pineapple pasta salad?

Pineapple salad is a versatile dish that pairs well with a variety of complementary foods. Here are some ideas for what you can serve alongside pineapple pasta salad:

Grilled Proteins: Pasta salad goes exceptionally well with grilled proteins such as chicken, shrimp, or tofu. The smoky flavors from the grill complement the sweetness of the pineapple and the savory notes of the pasta salad.

Fresh Greens: Add a refreshing touch to your meal by serving the pasta salad alongside a bed of fresh greens, such as mixed salad greens or baby spinach. The crispness of the greens provides a nice contrast to the pasta salad’s texture and flavors.

Crusty Bread or Garlic Bread: A side of crusty bread or garlic bread is perfect for sopping up any remaining dressing or adding some extra substance to the meal. The bread’s texture and flavors can complement the salad and make it a more filling and satisfying dish.

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Grilled Vegetables: Grilled vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, or eggplant make a fantastic accompaniment to pineapple pasta salad.

Fresh Fruit Platter: Serve a refreshing platter of fresh fruits, such as watermelon, berries, or grapes, alongside the pineapple salad. The combination of tropical flavors from the salad and the natural sweetness of the fruits creates a delightful balance.

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Making a pineapple pasta salad is an absolute delight that brings together the best of both sweet and savory flavors. This vibrant and refreshing dish is not only easy to prepare but also versatile, making it suitable for various occasions.

Whether you’re hosting a summer gathering, packing a picnic, or simply craving a unique and satisfying meal, pasta salad is a winner.

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Yield: 4

Pineapple Pasta Salad

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This pineapple pasta salad is a fantastic choice for a tropical side dish. Perfect to bring to a family BBQ or pot luck occasion to share!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cool Time 1 hour
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz elbow macaroni pasta
  • ¾ cup celery
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the package
  2. 2. Once the pasta is cooked and cooled, add all ingredients and mix well
  3. 3. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 618Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 480mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 9g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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