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Thanks so much to Smithfield for sponsoring this post and giving us flavorful ham to make this Ham Pineapple Quinoa Salad extra delicious!

This ham pineapple quinoa salad is loaded with fresh, tropical flavors and is dressed in a vinaigrette made from pineapple juice and sweetened with honey. An easy, vibrant, tasty salad that can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes!

Ham Pineapple Quinoa Salad- loaded with fresh, tropical flavors and so easy it can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes! (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Do you ever look at two foods and automatically assume they’d pair instinctually well together? Kind of like PB&J, but with raw ingredients?

That’s how most of my recipes come to be. I think “Watermelon and Mint – that’s a match made in heaven. Almond Butter with Maple Syrup – total win.” Or, “Apples and Blackberries – how could that not taste good?”

So when it came to thinking up a recipe with ham, I couldn’t help but imagine it cubed and combining perfectly with pineapple and sweet red pepper. And so, this ham pineapple quinoa salad was born.

Ham Pineapple Quinoa Salad- loaded with fresh, tropical flavors and so easy it can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes! (gluten-free, dairy-free)

A pretty great combo don’t ya think? I can’t get over how gorgeous the colors look. Each ingredient almost looks as if it’s popping up out of the bowl, begging to be devoured. And as for that ham, Smithfield Anytime Favorites Hickory Smoked Boneless Ham Steak is beyond flavorful and super convenient for adding to various recipes. I even used it in some egg muffins, coming your way on Thursday.

Ham Pineapple Quinoa Salad- loaded with fresh, tropical flavors and so easy it can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes! (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Smithfield Anytime Favorites Hickory Smoked Boneless Ham Steak is so convenient and versatile. Not only have I used it in this quinoa salad and egg muffins, but I’ve also tossed it in casseroles and sliced it up for sandwiches and wraps.

Great for making recipes effortless and so flavorful, Smithfield Anytime Favorites is available in 20 different cuts –including sliced, diced, cubed, chops and steak –in a variety of flavors. Perfect for a crowd-pleasing, easy meal idea even the kiddos will enjoy!

Ham Pineapple Quinoa Salad- loaded with fresh, tropical flavors and so easy it can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes! (gluten-free, dairy-free)

I know you guys are going to LOVE this salad! It’s:

Savory-sweet
Satisfying
Quick
& Seriously delicious

Try serving it over baby spinach for a little extra nutrition. Another fabulous addition, I found, was adding a few slices of avocado for an awesome creamy texture and good-for-you healthy fats.

If you try this salad, let me know! Leave a comment and tag a picture #kimscravings on Instagram so I can see your version! Happy eating, friends.

Ham Pineapple Quinoa Salad- loaded with fresh, tropical flavors and so easy it can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes! (gluten-free, dairy-free)
Ham Pineapple Quinoa Salad- loaded with fresh, tropical flavors and so easy it can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes! (gluten-free, dairy-free)
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5 from 3 votes
Nutrition Facts
Ham Pineapple Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 86
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.6g15%
Saturated Fat 1.4g9%
Cholesterol 15.6mg5%
Sodium 576.9mg25%
Carbohydrates 29.7g10%
Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugar 10.4g12%
Protein 10.2g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:6 cups
Ham Pineapple Quinoa Salad
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
 
An easy, vibrant, tasty salad that can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1½ - 2 cups cubed Smithfield Anytime Favorites Hickory Smoked Boneless Ham Steak
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper remove seeds
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks fresh or canned in 100% pineapple juice and drained (reserve juice for dressing)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions optional for garnish
  • Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare the quinoa according to package directions to make 3 cups cooked quinoa. 1 cup dry quinoa makes about 3 cups cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare all other ingredients and dressing. To make dressing, add dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake to combine.
  3. Allow the quinoa to cool completely and add ham, bell pepper and pineapple chunks. Mix together.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix. Season with salt as needed. Top with finely chopped green onions, if desired. Store salad in the fridge.
Author: Kim Lee
Course: Salad

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Ham Pineapple Quinoa Salad- loaded with fresh, tropical flavors and so easy it can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes! (gluten-free, dairy-free)

If you’re a fan of quinoa salads, check out some other favorites! 

Sriracha Salmon Quinoa Bowl

The Sriracha Salmon Quinoa Bowl is a fun twist on the burrito bowl. A flavorful blend of old favorites joined with new deliciousness! (gluten-free)

Cucumber Quinoa Salad from Gimme Some Oven

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Mediterranean Salad from Foodie Crush

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Something to think about….

What’s your favorite quick and easy salad recipe? Interested in more ham recipe ideas? Visit www.Smithfield.com or Facebook.com/CookingwithSmithfield.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.