Princess Macaroni Salad

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At Ella’s Sleeping Beauty Party, we served a bevy of Princess foods including this pink princess macaroni salad. It’s tasty, fun and perfectly on theme.

Princess Salad Recipe

While planning the menu for Ella’s Sleeping Beauty party, we wanted to go with somewhat healthy options that were both themed and kid-friendly. And what’s more on-theme for a princess party than pink?!

Of course, if food dye is a no-go for you or your guests, we’ve also had success achieving pink noodles by adding a beet into the pasta cooking water, or boiling purple cabbage and then using the cabbage water to boil the pasta, then adding a generous coating of lemon juice.

I used my Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe as the basis for this pretty-in-pink pasta salad and used a combination of crunchy veggies that I knew our party guests would be okay with (cucumbers and broccoli, with some pineapple for good measure). Feel free to swap out the veggies as you see fit.

Since that party, my daughter has become a fan of the Eloise books and I’ve served it to her as “fake room service à la Eloise.” If you have a little Eloise fan on your hands (or think that your little girls would love a book series about a little girl who lives in the Plaza) this makes a fun lunch option. It would also be great for packed lunch boxes when you’re trying to strum up some lunchtime excitement.

Ingredients for Pink Pasta Salad

  • 4 cups cooked pasta, prepared according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks PLUS 1/2 cup pineapple juice or liquid from can, optional
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt or mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar, to taste
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pink food dye, optional

Tip: swap out the veggies and pineapple for your favorite pasta veggies and another sweet fruit, as desired. (Pear or apple plus shaved carrots and cauliflower?)

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Saucepan
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Colander
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Kitchen spoon

How to Make Princess Pasta Salad

Add some pink food dye (like 5-6 drops) to the pasta cooking water and then cook the pasta according to package directions, and then set aside to cool.

If you want to cook the broccoli, do so as the pasta cooks.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, sugar, and yogurt/mayonnaise. Taste and adjust as necessary – adding more juice, sugar, or vinegar to hit that perfect balance of tart, sweet & creamy. You can also add some pink food dye to the salad dressing.

Season the dressing with salt and pepper.

Combine the dressing, chopped veggies, pineapple chunks, and pasta. Stir to coat the veggies and pasta with the sauce.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

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Yield: 6 cups

Princess Macaroni Salad

Princess Macaroni Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked pasta, prepared according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks PLUS 1/2 cup pineapple juice or liquid from can, optional
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt or mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar, to taste
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pink food dye, optional

Instructions

  1. Add some pink food dye (like 5-6 drops) to the pasta cooking water and then cook the pasta according to package directions, and then set aside to cool.
  2. If you want to cook the broccoli, do so as the pasta cooks.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, sugar, and yogurt/mayonnaise. Taste and adjust as necessary - adding more juice, sugar, or vinegar to hit that perfect balance of tart, sweet & creamy. You can also add some pink food dye to the salad dressing.
  4. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.
  5. Combine the dressing, chopped veggies, pineapple chunks, and pasta. Stir to coat the veggies and pasta with the sauce.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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The kids LOVED this pretty pasta salad and many asked me to give their moms the recipe. One of the parents that stayed for the party had thirds of it – so I think it’s safe to say that this recipe was a hit! Swap out the color for any theme, or just leave it plain for a delicious pasta salad the kids will love.

For more delicious princess party foods, check out our Rosewater Vanilla Marshmallows or our Princess Aurora Swirl Cupcakes.

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