Pineapple Salsa Pasta Salad

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This Pineapple Salsa Pasta Salad is such a light, delicious pasta salad for summer! Made with the best flavors of pineapple salsa – pineapple, lime juice, cilantro, red pepper, red onion and jalapeños – it is full flavor and completely addicting!

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When it comes to summer picnics and potlucks, pasta salad is a perfect side dish! It’s quick and easy to put together and can be made so many different ways. In this pasta salad, I combined my love of pineapple salsa and pasta salad and the result is perfectly scrumptious! The hubs and I could not stop eating it. So much delicious flavor! I’m totally in love with the combination of sweet and savory. It’s a savory recipe for a dessert lovers heart!

So to get started making this pasta salad, you want to chop up your pineapple and veggies and boil your pasta. Pretty quick, simple and straightforward! Combine everything together and then toss it with the dressing.

The dressing for this pasta salad was where the trick was. I toyed around with a mayo-based dressing, which is popular for pasta salads, but did not care for the flavor of the mayo with the flavor of the pineapple salsa. So instead I turned to plain Greek yogurt and some sour cream. The Greek yogurt is wonderful because it not only lightens up the pasta salad, but it has just enough sweetness to really complement the sweetness of the pineapple without taking away from the lime and cilantro flavor that I really love.

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In addition to the Greek yogurt and sour cream, there’s some pineapple juice, lime juice, a little garlic, apple cider vinegar, and a touch of sugar. Lot’s of tasty flavor!

Toss everything together and your pasta salad is ready to go! I personally like to let it sit in the fridge for a little bit before serving to give the flavors a chance to really come together, but you could also serve it right away. It makes a great last-minute dish and a great make ahead dish. Does it get any better than that?!

Everyone will be sure to love the light, sweet and savory flavors all in one! We certainly went nutty over it!

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Pineapple Salsa Pasta Salad

This Pineapple Salsa Pasta Salad is such a light, delicious pasta salad for summer! Made with the best flavors of pineapple salsa – pineapple, lime juice, cilantro, red pepper, red onion and jalapeños – it is full flavor and completely addicting!

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: about 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 12 oz dry bowtie pasta
  • 2 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple, reserve the juice
  • 3/4 cup diced red pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped red onion (about ½ small onion)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 jalapeños, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup reserved pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp lime juice (about 1 ½ limes)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Instructions

1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and allow to cool.
2. Add the pasta to a large bowl and add the pineapple, red pepper, red onion, cilantro and jalapeños. Toss everything together.
3. In a separate measuring cup, combine the dressing ingredients.
4. Pour the dressing over the pasta and toss to combine.
5. Serve or cover and store in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

Keywords: pasta salad, pineapple salsa pasta salad

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