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authentic hawaiian macaroni salad in a white serving bowl
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5 from 3 votes

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is creamy, cool, and simply delicious! It comes together in a snap and can feed a crowd at your next BBQ or Luau!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, hawaiian
Keyword: 30 minutes or less, bbq, pasta, vegetables
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 525kcal


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 carrot shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion very finely chopped
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups of mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • salt + pepper to taste


  • Add macaroni noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook for a few minutes longer than the package directions suggest. (You want your noodles to be a bit overcooked for it to be authentic.) Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.
  • While the macaroni noodles are still hot, add the vinegar, carrot, and onion. Stir until combined, then allow it to cool and absorb the vinegar for about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, milk, and sugar.
  • Add the mayo mixture to the macaroni noodles and mix until well combined.
  • Add more mayo, if needed, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to eat, then gently stir the salad once more before serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 951mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1374IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg