Kids can easily make this tropical macaroni salad recipe.  Younger ones will need assistance with boiling water and chopping food, but older kids, even my 9-year-old could make this.  It’s so fast, easy, nutritious, and fun!  Perfect for frugal summer meals.

Frugal homeschool family recipes kids can make tropical macaroni pasta salad with pineapple


4 cups cooked pasta, prepared according to package directions

1/2 cup pineapple chunks

1-2 cup cubed cooked ham

1 carrot, shredded

1/2 cucumber, chopped

Salt & pepper, to taste

Pineapple Dressing:

1/2 cup pineapple juice or liquid from can, optional

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1/2 cup light mayonnaise

2 Tablespoons plain greek yogurt, optional

2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon Sugar, to taste

Frugal homeschool family recipes kids can make macaroni pasta salad with pineapple


In a large bowl, combine macaroni, pineapple, ham, carrots, and cucumber in a bowl.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the mayonnaise, greek yogurt, cider vinegar, and sugar. Taste and adjust as necessary.

Pour the dressing over the pasta, and stir to coat.

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Season with salt & pepper, to taste.


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