Sweet and Tangy Hawaiian Pasta Salad

Sweet and Tangy Hawaiian Pasta Salad

I don’t know about your kids, but mine love pasta salad.  I love trying new ways to serve pasta salad.  It’s a great way to “sneak” in healthy foods.  I always tell them later, when I’ve sneaked something healthy in, so they know that they ate it and loved it LOL  Since I went to Maui earlier this year and am headed to Los Angeles soon for the Disney MOANA red carpet; I wanted to try something tropical.  I love pineapple and coconut and wanted something with, at least one of those flavors.  Since I’m the only person in my house who likes coconut, I decided on pineapple.

I went with cavatappi pasta because I love it and so do my kids.  Cavatappi is one of those pastas that can really stand up to a lot of different sauces and uses.  It’s hard to over-cook it, which makes it perfect for this forgetful mama!  But, you can really use any pasta you like.  Bow tie pasta or regular macaroni would be great with this pasta salad as well.  I also think that adding golden raisins would be a nice touch for a little sweeter salad.  Grilled chicken or shrimp would also be a great addition to this salad.  I served it with my favorite BBQ ribs and it was a huge hit.  Get creative and make it your own!

Sweet and Tangy Hawaiian Pasta Salad

Gather your ingredients:

  • 16 oz pkg Cavatappi pasta (cooked, drained and cooled)
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple (either fresh or canned and drained)
  • 1/2 cup fresh shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp brown mustard

Get to mixing:

  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.
  • Allow to sit for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
  • ENJOY!


6 Replies to “Sweet and Tangy Hawaiian Pasta Salad”

  1. Hi Rachel, love this. Would you like to share this with the other participants in Food on Friday over at Carole’s Chatter? I have a weekly link up party – each week there is a different ingredient or theme. The current theme is Salads.

    You can see upcoming themes in one of the pages at the top of my home page. If you would like to join in the fun please schedule a reminder for each week. The collection starts at 7am Friday New Zealand time – which is probably some time Thursday your time – I do find time zones quite confusing. Hope to see you soon. Cheers, Carole

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious Hawaiian Pasta Salad with us at Full Plate Thursday. I just love the combination of this salad. Have a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. This is really interesting! I have never thought about putting pineapple in a pasta salad! Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

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