This delicious macaroni salad is so refreshing. My husband and I came up with it using ingredients we prefer and we make this regularly during the summer to go with lunches or as a meal on a really hot day. Easy recipe to modify according to your own preferences. Get creative and enjoy!

Jodi
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain. Transfer hot macaroni to a large bowl.

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  • Pour Italian-style salad dressing and crushed pineapple over the macaroni; stir. Add ham, celery, tomatoes, eggs, and onion; stir.

  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

404 calories; 14.2 g total fat; 68 mg cholesterol; 909 mg sodium. 56.8 g carbohydrates; 16.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2014
I've made this a couple of times now. I had never heard of such a salad and since I love the combination of ham and pineapple I just had to try this. I did use half Italian dressing and half light mayo because that's how I like my pasta salads that have Italian dressing in them. I also used whole wheat shell pasta because that is what I had. I do love how the whole wheat pasta tastes in this salad and I suggest using the shell-shaped pasta because it grabs onto the ingredients. I really love this salad and have a hard time controlling myself around it!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2017
I felt that the salad wasn't as flavorful as hoped. A little flat. Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2014
I've made this a couple of times now. I had never heard of such a salad and since I love the combination of ham and pineapple I just had to try this. I did use half Italian dressing and half light mayo because that's how I like my pasta salads that have Italian dressing in them. I also used whole wheat shell pasta because that is what I had. I do love how the whole wheat pasta tastes in this salad and I suggest using the shell-shaped pasta because it grabs onto the ingredients. I really love this salad and have a hard time controlling myself around it!!!! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2014
I've made this a couple of times now. I had never heard of such a salad and since I love the combination of ham and pineapple I just had to try this. I did use half Italian dressing and half light mayo because that's how I like my pasta salads that have Italian dressing in them. I also used whole wheat shell pasta because that is what I had. I do love how the whole wheat pasta tastes in this salad and I suggest using the shell-shaped pasta because it grabs onto the ingredients. I really love this salad and have a hard time controlling myself around it!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2015
I made this for a Fourth of July BBQ. I love pineapple and ham and thought this would be great to try. I did use half creamy Italian dressing and half mayo cause I like mayo in my pasta salad. but the dressing definitely adds a good flavor. I also added small cubes of mild cheddar cheese. I used shell pasta cause I think it grabs the dressing better. EVERYONE loved it and went for seconds. a different take on macaroni pasta. DELICIOUS! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2014
I had to make a quick pasta dish for my daughter's soccer team and with only 1 review I thought I was taking a big risk and I am so glad I did! This was wonderful! So unique but not weird. I also used Italian dressing and mayo I left out the onion only used 1 egg 1 tomato and 1 celery stalk and it turned out fantastic. Definitely going to put this on the tailgating menu! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2017
I felt that the salad wasn't as flavorful as hoped. A little flat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2018
This is my first review although I use this site ALL the time. I no longer trust recipes that have not been critiqued by those that have actually tried the recipe. I followed the recipe with a little tweak used a 20 oz can of pineapple without draining. Used raspberry balsamic dressing and enough Miracle Whip to satisfy my taste also added cubes of cheese 'cos I love cheese. Next time I will add frozen peas. Yes there will be lots of next times. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/06/2019
We were not crazy about the flavor or lack of and the combination of ingredients. The next day I added more Italian dressing and another hard boiled egg. but it didn t make a big difference. Perhaps there were too many acidic items - vinegar in the dressing tomatoes and pineapple. It could do without the tomatoes and perhaps adding some mayo might help. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/31/2019
As others have stated needs a bit more flavor. Very easy to make. I'm going to try sauteing the ham and pineapple next time to intensify their flavor a bit and see if that measure get this salad to where it should be. Horseradish sounds interesting. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/03/2019
I added more Italian dressing so it was moister. I will make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2015
I wasn't sure what I was expecting but it is really good and slightly different. I like to make recipes as printed the first time to see how they are supposed to be then make changes if need be. But I love this just the way it is! Sweet & light pasta salad... love it! Read More