With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Hawaiian Pasta Salad

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hawaiian Pasta Salad

Brightly colored and an abundance of crisp veggies makes this a perfect summer salad. It is a hearty one too, with the tortellini and diced ham. I served it at Jared's graduation party as a side dish but it would be a great entree served with crusty bread (and maybe a glass of wine) for a lovely summer supper.

 Recipe at end of post

Jared's high school graduation and party were the same weekend as Father's Day. Our upstate New York daughter and family were here to celebrate Jared.  Before heading home, they took us to an early Sunday morning breakfast.
We snapped a few photos in the restaurant parking lot before saying goodbye.
Shaela, Braden, Jill, John, Brenna and Ryan
sweet girl and her daddy
glimpses of our other grands the past couple of weeks...

Jet got a nasty gash requiring stitches
Rudy sleeping peacefully during the drive home
Noah completing 6th grade
Cambrie completing kindergarten
sleeping Joelle
Caleb co-piloting experience
Brenna bean
Acrobat Braden with sister Shaela
Shaela saving the seat next to her for MomMom at breakfast

Here is the recipe for Hawaiian Pasta Salad.
Originally posted on Cook Crave Inspire and slightly adapted The Slow Roasted Italian

Hawaiian Pasta Salad



Salad Ingredients:
1 (19 ounce) bag frozen cheese tortellini pasta
2 orange, yellow or red bell peppers, cut into bite size pieces
1 cucumber, cut into quarters and sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
16 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
12 ounces (about 2 cups) diced ham, chopped
1 (14 ounce) can pineapple tidbits in 100% pineapple juice, divided

Dressing Ingredients:
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I prefer Miracle Whip)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup pineapple juice (reserved from the can of pineapple tidbits)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh grated garlic
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon black pepper

Cook tortellini as directed on package. Drain and cool.

Combine salad ingredients and drained tortellini in a large bowl.

Shake (in a jar) or whisk in a bowl, the dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour dressing over salad and gently toss until well coated.


Bev said...

That salad looks so yummy.... will have to give it a try!

Ann said...

That salad sounds so good.
Poor Jet having to get stitches. Looks like he handled the ordeal well though :)

Lynn said...

These Hawaiian salads have been catching my eye recently, nice to know someone that tried one! I'll add it to the list-Happy Summer:@)

Debby Ray said...

Well it looks as though you certainly have had a busy month! I saw this beautiful salad on your facebook page...it is truly beautiful and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and enjoy your week :)

Cheryl said...

That looks like some refreshing summer eating!!

I always enjoy seeing your family photos! Lots of "happenings" in your world, which comes with having lots of people to love. Good times!

Debbie said...

The salad sounds soo good. I wonder if I can find that pasta in a gluten free way? I'd love to make it if I could. The family pics are such good ones. Glad your summer is going well.

Karen said...

So colorful. Looks yummy, too.

Pondside said...

This looks like a 'keeper'! I think it would be a lovely salad for a pot luck and I'm always looking for something new. Your family photos are beautiful. After all these years I see the changes in the grandchildren - lovely across the miles to share this virtual acquaintance.


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