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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!
4.75 from 4 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
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