If you’re planning a luau this summer, you’ll probably want to create a menu that reflects your theme. Although this sweet, warm weather fruit used to be a symbol of status and wealth, it now widely available and synonymous with tropical weather and summertime fun. To help you with creating your Hawaiian themed menu, here are five luau food ideas that include pineapple. Not included in this list is the wildly controversial and much debated Hawaiian pizza. Parties are meant to bring people together, and pineapple on pizza is way too divisive an issue for us to tackle in such a short article. Without further ado, here are five simple and easy luau food ideas with pineapple:
1) Pineapple Salsa
This sweet and spicy salsa is the perfect luau food to put out before the main course. It’s served cold, so it’s perfect for the dog days of summer. This recipe uses frozen pineapple chunks, so it saves you the hassle of trying to dice up a fresh pineapple. The fresh ingredients, including cilantro, will take this pineapple salsa a step above any store-bought salsa on the market. The bonus is that you can add this salsa to other recipes, such as chicken tacos, in order to tie them into your luau theme.
(Recipe: Averie Cooks)
2) Grilled Pineapple Barbecue Chicken
This Hawaiian twist on a classic BBQ entree speaks for itself. It’s easy to prepare and cook. The marinade consists of barbecue sauce, pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sriracha. This complex flavor profile, along with grilled the pineapple slices, make this grilled chicken dish the perfect main course for your luau themed food menu.
(Recipe: Slender Kitchen)
3) Aloha BBQ Sliders
This Luau recipe puts a Hawaiian spin on the classic cheeseburger. Beef, bacon, and pineapple are at the heart of this recipe, and it’s a combination that can’t be denied.
4) Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes
This miniature take on well known classic is the perfect size for a personal pineapple dessert. This recipe is made in a muffin pan by putting the pineapple and cherries on the bottom and covering in cake batter. It’s called upside down cake because although the fruit is on the bottom during baking, it is served with the fruit side up. Top with some whipped cream, and even the pickiest eaters will be tempted try a piece.
(Recipe: Baker By Nature)
5) Classic Piña Colada
Here’s a beautifully garnished piña colada, along with the recipe. This tropical frozen cocktail looks beautiful when paired with a pineapple wedge. Coconut cream, pineapple, juice, and rum are blended together with ice to create a simple and elegant luau cocktail.
(Recipe: Cooking with Curls)