Tropical-inspired Menu Ideas for a Hawaiian Cookout Party

Get those leis and hula skirts ready—if only as table decorations! It’s Hawaiian Cookout Party time, now that summer is here. This is one outdoor event that’s a breeze to plan. Tropical-themed decor and table settings, floral print attire, fruit centerpieces and of course favorite menu items with the flavors of Hawaii! So here are our recipe picks for main dishes, salads, snacks, sweets, drinks and desserts to complete your cookout party fare. Easy, convenient and yummy in tropical style!

A Cookout Menu with the Flavors of Hawaii

A Cookout Menu with the Flavors of Hawaii

Main dishes

A cookout calls for grilled food items that are easy to prepare outdoors or partially cook ahead. Best if they’re in single-serve portions, too, that are handy to juggle picnic style. So we picked 3 sure winners with a tropical spin! Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers (1), Aloha Hawaiian Ham Sliders (2) and Hawaiian Style Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa (3).


To complement the savory main dishes, serve light and refreshing salads with ingredients like seafood, pineapple, coconut, fresh greens and macadamia nuts. You’ll love these recipes we found: Hawaiian Grilled Shrimp Salad (4) and Hawaiian Cole Slaw (5).

Snacks & Sweets

Hawaiian-inspired snacks and desserts from coconut tarts to pineapple upside down cake icecream

For cookout munchies, we share 2 easy recipes you can make ahead: Homemade Tropical Trail Mix (7), a healthy treat made with dried fruits, raw nuts and unsweetened coconut, and

Coconut Cream Tarts with Macadamia Nut Crusts (8). These would make perfect take-home favors, too, don’t you think?

Drinks & Desserts

To keep everyone cool and refreshed, how delish are these chilled choices with tropical fruit ingredients: Mango Pineapple Slushie (6), Coconut Popsicles (9) and Pineapple Upside Down Cake Ice Cream (10).

Please see these sites for recipe sources: 1 – The Recipe Critic / 2 – Amee’s Savory Dish / 3 – A Spicy Perspective / 4 – Good Housekeeping / 5 – Lemon Tree Dwelling / / 6 – This Mama Loves / 7 – Brown Eyed Baker / 8 – My Recipes 9 – Little Spice Jar / 10 – The Simple Sweet Life

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