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

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.

Season with salt & pepper, to taste.


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