Aloha, y’all! After a recent family trip to Hawaii, Lolli and I returned inspired to add some tropical flare to our regular summer menu! Pineapple is the “symbol of hospitality,” so making it a star ingredient when hosting family and friends is appropriate and meaningful. This sweet and colorful fruit can be incorporated into everything from refreshments to appetizers, meals and desserts! Aunt Mabel’s Pineapple Cheese Casserole has been a Southern food favorite in our family for generations, as it’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Whether you’re hosting a luau-themed party or “just for fun,” we’ve gathered 20 more pineapple-inspired recipes for summer and beyond!
Bring a tropical taste to traditional slaw with pineapple, cabbage, carrots, sesame seeds and a ginger-soy lime vinaigrette. I feel like I’m back in Hawaii just looking at this beautiful, healthy dish!
This three-ingredient pineapple whip is super easy to make at home for a satisfying frozen treat in no time!
Breakfast in bed just got a whole lot better! A dredge in coconut milk and a saucy canned pineapple reduction gives this brunch classic a tropical vibe.
Hosting out-of-town guests? Impress them with this tropical twist on the typical breakfast or brunch spread.
Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple is all the delicious parts of Hawaiian Pizza in one sweet little cube, and this delicious bites are the perfect appetizer for your game day party or backyard BBQ!
Add even more of an island vibe by frying the rice in coconut oil.
This pineapple salsa recipe will brighten up any summertime meal with a delicious combination of sweet and spicy! Serve with chips as an appetizer or alongside grilled chicken or fish for a main course. Great on tacos, too!
A sweet-and-sour pineapple glaze brings a taste of Hawaii to crowd-pleasing pork meatballs!
Try a new twist on the traditional shrimp cocktail! Perfectly pleasing as an appetizer or side dish to a summer meal! Pineapple boat optional, but recommended.
A pre-baked pizza crust and refrigerated barbecued pork make this tasty supper idea super-fast and super-easy! If you aren’t a fan of pineapple on your pizza, this recipe might just change your mind.
Give your burgers a tropical (and low-carb) makeover by replacing the buns with slices of charred pineapple!
Bring some island flavor to your standard pork chops with a delectable pineapple glaze!
Bring a little sunshine to the party with this six-step pineapple dip recipe! It’s perfect for a luau party, a pot luck, game day, or really any time you’re entertaining.
A cheesecake version of pineapple upside down cake thats beautiful and delicious? Sign us up!
Have your [cup]cake and eat it too with these adorable pull apart pineapple-shaped cupcakes, perfect for a luau-themed party or summer birthday party!
For a change of pace, you can substitute fresh or frozen peach slices for the pineapple in this old-fashioned, go-to recipe.
This refreshing pineapple punch will be the hit of any party! Just put four simple ingredients in a pretty punch bowl à la Kim Whitman and garnish with any fresh fruit of your choosing and VOILA, Y’ALL!™ Make it an adult beverage with a splash of rum or vodka.
Put the lime in the pineapple with this fun summer cocktail! Scoop the fruit from the skin to create pineapple “cups,” freeze it, and blend it into a bright and refreshing play on a mojito.
Grill up fresh peaches and pineapple slathered in cinnamon butter and use them to make a refreshing summer sangria!
These delicious and refreshing pineapple popsicles are perfect for hot summer days and cool summer parties! With a pineapple shaped mold, they couldn’t be easier to make! You can make them sans rum for a kid-friendly version, or check out our Clever Popsicle Recipes to Make with Kids post for more tropical popsicle recipes the whole family can enjoy!
We’ve pulled together more pineapple-shaped molds, cups and other essentials for serving up these pineapple-inspired recipes: