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The Best Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

Get ready for your summer BBQ with this traditional Hawaiian Mac Salad! This creamy macaroni salad is a GREAT recipe and the perfect side dish for cookouts.

With summer's arrival, we all need some good pasta salad recipes in our arsenal. This Hawaiian Macaroni Salad recipe is easy to make, using simple ingredients to make a sweet, creamy dressing.

The only macaroni salad recipe you'll ever need! I made this a few weeks ago and it was delicious!!!

Angie
The Best Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

It's a staple on the Hawaiian Islands as part of Hawaiian plate lunch with dishes like Huli Huli Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken or Kalua Pork, but I love to serve it as the side dish star of Midwestern barbecues!

The Best Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

Although I've never been to Hawaii, I've had this Hawaiian style macaroni salad more times than I can count at our local Hawaiian restaurant, Hawaiian Bros! It's the perfect balance of creamy, sweet and tangy flavor.

Making authentic Hawaiian mac salad is easier than you think! This simple recipe combines cooked macaroni pasta with a creamy, sweet and tangy dressing. Then, a handful of ingredients are chopped and included to give the recipe some crunch and freshness!

The Best Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

For the mayonnaise, many prefer to use Best Foods brand mayonnaise. Using this brand of mayonnaise will make the most authentic Hawaiian macaroni salad.

You are fine to use any type of real mayo, but I would not recommend using Miracle Whip. This creamy side dish relies on the quality of the mayonnaise that you use, so pick a good one!

The Best Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

You can also easily convert this to a Hawaiian potato salad, using 8 cups of cooked, cubed potatoes instead of macaroni noodles.

The Best Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

Storage:

This recipe will store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-5 days without loss in quality. Add a splash of cold water and stir if the noodles have started to clump before serving.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

The Best Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

Yield: 10-12 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Get ready for your summer BBQ with this traditional Hawaiian Mac Salad! This creamy macaroni salad is a GREAT recipe and the perfect side dish for cookouts.

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons yellow onion, finely diced
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the macaroni salad:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked
  • ¾ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup green onions, diced (both the white and green portions)
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, finely diced

Instructions

  1. Cook elbow macaroni according to package instructions. 
  2. While the pasta cools, make the dressing, place all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk vigorously until well combined, then allow the dressing to rest on the counter. 
  3. In a large bowl, place cooked elbow macaroni. Pour half of the dressing over the top of the al dente pasta and gently fold with a spatula or large spoon to incorporate. Add the remaining dressing and stir gently.
  4. Sprinkle carrots, green onions, celery and yellow onion over the to the creamy mac salad. Toss gently to combine.
  5. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least one hour. 
  6. Serve chilled.

Notes

You can use a little milk or water to loosen up leftover macaroni salad, if needed.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 336mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app, and may be incorrect.

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