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Piña Colada Pasta Salad

Enjoy the tropical, tangy flavor of a piña colada through this pasta salad with a fruity Hawaiian dressing, crunchy vegetables, and fresh pineapple chunks! The Pina Colada Pasta Salad also features delicious, fresh vegetables like cabbage, peppers, onions, and edamame that makes for a crunchy, protein-packed dish.

Ever wish you could transform your favorite drink into a dish? Well now you can enjoy the tropical, tangy flavor of a piña colada through this pasta salad with a luscious dressing, crunchy vegetables, and fresh pineapple chunks!

The dressing is a fruity, Hawaiian blend of coconut milk, pineapple juice, and soy sauce that makes for a Polynesian flavor! It’s like a spiced version of a piña colada for more umami and well rounded flavor.

The pasta also features some delicious, fresh vegetables like 2 colors of cabbage, peppers, onions, and edamame that makes for a crunchy, protein-packed dish.

Serve this pasta at a summer barbecue or poolside party and watch it become an instant hit! It’s a great way to enjoy the original piña colada taste but with more nutrients for a full meal!

Enjoy the tropical, tangy flavor of a piña colada through this pasta salad with a fruity Hawaiian dressing, crunchy vegetables, and fresh pineapple chunks! The Pina Colada Pasta Salad also features delicious, fresh vegetables like cabbage, peppers, onions, and edamame that makes for a crunchy, protein-packed dish.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
  • Coconut Milk – adds richness to the dressing and enhances the piña colada flavor!
  • Pineapple Juice – brings a lovely freshness and brightness to the dressing!
  • Soy Sauce – increases the umami flavor and contrast the lighter notes of the fruits!
  • Chili Flakes – bring a nice sharpness and heat that really spices up the dish!
  • Cabbage – adds some beautiful color and crunch to the pasta!
  • Cavatappi Pasta – sauce can stick to, makes for a delicious, juicy salad!
  • Edamame – adds protein to the salad.
  • Onions – bring a great sharp flavor!
  • Pickled Red Peppers – add a nice tang and acidity to cut through the sweetness and richness!
  • Microgreens – for flavor and freshness; good source of nutrients.
HOW TO MAKE PIÑA COLADA PASTA:
  1. Make the dressing! Pour all of the liquids and seasonings into a food processor and blend away! You should get about 1 cup of dressing.
  2. Mix! Combine all of the veggies, pasta, and seasonings into a large bowl.

    Enjoy the tropical, tangy flavor of a piña colada through this pasta salad with a fruity Hawaiian dressing, crunchy vegetables, and fresh pineapple chunks! The Pina Colada Pasta Salad also features delicious, fresh vegetables like cabbage, peppers, onions, and edamame that makes for a crunchy, protein-packed dish.

  3. Dress it! Drizzle in the dressing and top it off with the pineapple and some garnishes!

    Enjoy the tropical, tangy flavor of a piña colada through this pasta salad with a fruity Hawaiian dressing, crunchy vegetables, and fresh pineapple chunks! The Pina Colada Pasta Salad also features delicious, fresh vegetables like cabbage, peppers, onions, and edamame that makes for a crunchy, protein-packed dish.

 

RECIPE TIPS:
  • Make it in advance. The pasta is best made a few hours in advance as the flavors need time to infuse and blend with each other.
  • Add a protein! Customise it by adding a protein of your choice (e.g. tofu, chickpeas) to make a complete meal.

Enjoy the tropical, tangy flavor of a piña colada through this pasta salad with a fruity Hawaiian dressing, crunchy vegetables, and fresh pineapple chunks! The Pina Colada Pasta Salad also features delicious, fresh vegetables like cabbage, peppers, onions, and edamame that makes for a crunchy, protein-packed dish.

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Enjoy the tropical, tangy flavor of a piña colada through this pasta salad with a fruity Hawaiian dressing, crunchy vegetables, and fresh pineapple chunks! The Pina Colada Pasta Salad also features delicious, fresh vegetables like cabbage, peppers, onions, and edamame that makes for a crunchy, protein-packed dish.
Piña Colada Pasta Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Enjoy the tropical, tangy flavor of a piña colada through this pasta salad with a fruity Hawaiian dressing, crunchy vegetables, and fresh pineapple chunks! The pasta also features delicious, fresh vegetables like cabbage, peppers, onions, and edamame that makes for a crunchy, protein-packed dish.

Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pineapple
Servings: 4
Calories: 249 kcal
Author: Nidhi Bothra
Ingredients
Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice , canned
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • salt  to taste
Pasta:
  • 5 cups cavatappi , cooked
  • 1/2 cup purple cabbage , shredded
  • 1/2 cup green cabbage , shredded
  • 1 cup pineapple , diced (canned or fresh)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper , julienned
  • 1/3 cup onions , julienned
  • 1/3 cup edamame
  • 3/4 tbsp green chilies , chopped
  • 1/4 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/4 cup cilantro , chopped
  • salt  to taste
  • black pepper  to taste
Garnish:
  • pickled red peppers
  • pumpkin seeds
  • microgreens
Instructions
  1. Blend all of the dressing ingredients using a food processor or blender. Pour the dressing aside into a small bowl and keep in the fridge, so the flavors infuse.

  2. Mix all of the vegetables, seasonings, and pasta in a large bowl.
  3. Add in the dressing and pineapples. Mix it together and garnish with some pickled peppers, microgreens and pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • The pasta is best made a few hours in advance as the flavors need time to infuse and blend with each other.
  • Add a protein of your choice (tofu, chickpeas) to make it a complete meal.
  • For making pickled red peppers, take 4-5 red jalapenos (chopped in rounds); boil 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 1 tsp sugar and some salt and pour it over the peppers. Cool the pickles before refrigerating.

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Enjoy the tropical, tangy flavor of a piña colada through this pasta salad with a fruity Hawaiian dressing, crunchy vegetables, and fresh pineapple chunks! The Pina Colada Pasta Salad also features delicious, fresh vegetables like cabbage, peppers, onions, and edamame that makes for a crunchy, protein-packed dish.

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