Authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
Pasta, Sides

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

1 comment This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money from the companies mentioned in this post.

This Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the real deal. A super creamy and comforting mac salad that is the perfect side dish for any summer cookout, family BBQ or Luau! This would be the perfect addition to our Huli Huli Chicken recipe.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

HAWAIIAN MACARONI SALAD

Hawaiian macaroni salad goes with just about any grilled meat. In Hawaii, it’s known for being one of the critical components in the Hawaiian plate lunch. A typical lunch plate comes with Huli Huli chicken, Teriyaki chicken, Katsu chicken, Pulehu chicken or kalua pork, but they are always served with this authentic Hawaiian macaroni salad and two scoops of sticky rice.

How to Make Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

1- Combine all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

2- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil on the stove over high heat, then cook the macaroni noodles in it according to package directions. Make sure to cook the pasta until it becomes very soft. This will allow the dressing to stick better to it.

3- Drain the macaroni well in a colander, then return it to the pot and add the apple cider, stirring until the warm pasta absorbs the vinegar. Cover with a lid and place it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. (Or until cool)

4- Add the dressing to the cooked/chilled pasta, stirring to coat.

5- Add the green onions, celery, and grated carrot to the pasta and stir well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

Now enjoy this creamy macaroni salad with all of your favorite Hawaiian dishes. One of my favorites to eat with this is Easy Huli Huli Chicken .

Creamy Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
Authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

This Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the real deal. A super creamy and comforting mac salad that is the perfect side dish for any summer cookout, family BBQ or Luau! This Authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the real deal. A super creamy and comforting mac salad that is the perfect side dish for any summer cookout, family BBQ or Luau!
0 from 0 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 256 kcal

Ingredients
  

DRESSING

  • 1 Cup whole milk (You can substitute Half & Half to make it creamier)
  • 2 Cups mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow onion (grated)
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon salt

PASTA SALAD

  • 16 Ounces elbow macaroni (1 pound box)
  • ¼ Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 Green onions white and green parts sliced thin(Leave off the last inch)
  • 2 Large celery pieces (chopped)
  • 1 Cup carrots (grated)
  • ¼ Cup yellow onion (grated)

Instructions
 

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil on the stove over high heat, then cook the macaroni noodles in it according to package directions. Make sure to cook the pasta until it becomes very soft. This will allow the dressing to stick better to it.
  • Drain the macaroni well in a colander, then return it to the pot and add the apple cider, stirring until the warm pasta absorbs the vinegar. Cover with a lid and place it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. (Or until cool)
  • Add the dressing to the cooked/chilled pasta, stirring to coat.
  • Add the green onions, celery, and grated carrot to the pasta and stir well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer to a large serving bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours until completely cool before serving.

Notes

SOME FUN ADD IN IDEAS

  • 1 cup diced bacon
  • 1 cup cubed ham
  • pineapple tidbits
  • 4 chopped hard boiled eggs

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 33.6gProtein: 5gFat: 11.5gSaturated Fat: 1.9gSodium: 393mgPotassium: 144mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 5.5gVitamin D: 7µgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Macaroni Salad
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

How to make Hawaiian Mac Salad ahead of time

If you make this ahead of time and it seems a little dried out, add some mayo mixed with a little milk until you get the right consistency back. Fold it in with a large rubber spatula so you don’t tear the macaroni noodles.

HAVE YOU TRIED THIS RECIPE?

RATE and COMMENT below! I would love to hear your experience. Getting feedback from you helps me and other readers too!

Also, if you share on INSTAGRAM, use the hashtag #modernmealmakeover and tag me (@modernmealmakeover) so we can stop by and give your post some love. Thank you!

More Recipes You Might Like