Ham Pasta Salad Recipe

Published on August 5th 2023 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Everyone needs a good Ham Pasta Salad recipe, and this ham pasta salad is simply delicious. Ham adds a salty bite to the salad, waking up your taste buds and making the salad taste even more delicious. The pineapple adds a sweetness that contrasts nicely with the salty ham—best of all, this ham pasta salad pairs perfectly with BBQ dishes like BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. So you can have your pasta salad and eat a sandwich too. 

 

Why does ham salad get watery?

Ham salad can become watery if the dressing has too much liquid. If you do not drain the pasta properly, it could water down the sauce. 

 

How long will ham salad keep in fridge?

Ham salad lasts in the fridge for 5 days if stored in an airtight container

 

Can you freeze ham salad that has mayonnaise in it?

Mayonnaise separates when it defrosts, so it's best to store ham salad with mayonnaise in the fridge rather than in the freezer. 

 

What do u put in ham salad?

Ham salad consists of pasta, fresh green onions, salty ham, cheddar cheese, and sweet pineapples. The salad is tossed with a creamy lemon dressing made from mayonnaise, sugar-free sweetener, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, garlic, onion powder, and smoked paprika. 

 

Author: Sarah Leadon
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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
23 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. box small Elbow Macaroni 

     

  • 1 cup Ham, diced

     

  • 4 oz. mild Cheddar Cheese, cubed

     

  • 4 oz. Pineapple, cut into chunks

     

  • 1/4 cup Green Onions, diced 

     

  • 1 1/2 cups Fat-Free Mayonnaise

     

  • 1 tablespoon Sugar-Free Sweetener

     

  • Juice of 1 Lemon

  • 1 teaspoon Salt

     

  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder 

  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder 

     

  • 1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

Instructions

Cook the elbow macaroni pasta using the package directions in a salted pot of boiling water. Drain the pasta in a colander, rinse it with cold water, and set it aside.

Draining the macaroni pasta

Place the ham, cheddar cheese, pineapple, and green onions into a large bowl, mix to combine, and set it aside.

 

Preparing other ingredients

Whisk the mayonnaise, sugar-free sweetener, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, garlic and onion powder, and smoked paprika in a small bowl. 

 

Whisking mayonnaise and other ingredients

Add the cooked pasta to the bowl with the ham and the mayonnaise mixture and toss to combine. 

 

Mixing pasta with the mayonnaise

Place the pasta salad in a serving dish before serving. 

Serving the Ham Pasta Salad
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Sarah Leadon
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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon