Hawaiian Macaroni Salad (+Video)
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is unlike any other pasta salad! Macaroni noodles in a sweet and sour creamy dressing with shredded carrots!
A HAWAIIAN ISLAND FAVORITE RECIPE
I had a friend, Leilani, who made it her goal to educate folks on all things Hawai’i. She was born and raised there. She would always joke about our (and by “our” – I mean us mainlanders) use of pineapple. “Mainlanders think that just cause you put pineapple in something, it automatically becomes ‘Hawaiian’.” I have been educated on this by Hawaiian readers over the years so I try to bear that in mind when creating recipes. Leilani thankfully gave me her family’s recipe for Hawaiian Macaroni Salad and I still make her treasured recipe after all these years!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
It’s a macaroni salad recipe that is particularly popular in the Hawaiian Islands and is often served as a side to Kalua pork (recipe from Onolicious Hawai’i – a fantastic resource for all things Hawaiian by Native Hawaiians)
A lot of people enjoy Hawaiian Macaroni Salad with tuna. It’s very easy to add tuna to this recipe. Prepare as written then stir in a can of drained tuna. If you prefer a lot of tuna, add two cans.
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is very basic in that there are not a lot of add-ins like green peppers, etc. It usually only has shredded carrots added. The sauce is also more like a sweet and sour dressing rather than just a standard mayonnaise dressing. However, I learned that everyone in Hawaii has their own way of making mac salad as we do here on the mainland.
It is traditionally served with Kalua pork. Any type of pulled pork will go great with this or some BBQ ribs or a traditional Hawaiian favorite, Huli Huli Chicken.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR HAWAIIAN MACARONI SALAD: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- elbow macaroni
- shredded carrots
- boiled eggs
- seasoned rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
- salt and black pepper
- celery seed
HOW TO MAKE HAWAIIAN MACARONI SALAD:
Boil macaroni according to box directions until al dente: about 9 minutes. Drain noodles, rinse under cold water until cool then put into a large bowl.
Add in the shredded carrots, diced shallot and boiled eggs.
In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, sugar, salt, black pepper & celery seed. Whisk together until sugar is completely dissolved, about 2 – 3 minutes.
Pour over noodles and stir. Chill for at least an hour before serving.
Or, cover with plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge until ready to serve! For a full Hawaiian meal experience, give this Huli Huli Chicken a try!
CRAVING MORE RECIPES? GIVE THESE A TRY!
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad (+Video)
- 16 ounce box macaroni noodles
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 3 Tablespoons finely diced shallot (or sweet onion)
- 2 boiled eggs, diced
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 2 Tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon celery seed (optional)
- Boil macaroni according to box directions until al dente; about 9 minutes. Drain noodles, rinse under cold water until cool then put into a large bowl.
- Add in the shredded carrots, diced shallot and boiled eggs.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, sugar, salt, black pepper and celery seed. Whisk together until sugar is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.
- Pour over noodles and stir. Chill for at least an hour before serving.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.
Originally published: May 2016
Updated and republished: Mar 2022
Oh my gracious this is so good! I think it actually tastes better than the Mac Salad we ate in Hawai’i (no offense to my native Hawaiian friends!)
If theres no pineapple in Hawaii macaroni salad its not Hawaii
Not true at all. Have you ever actually eaten in Hawai’i? I promise you that pineapple doesn’t go anywhere near Mac Salad.
I definitely give this recipe a 10 out of 10!
This looks so yummy! Will update when I’ve tried it 🙂
Brandie, just wanted to let you know we made this and loved it. This dressing is SO good!! So much better than just plain ole mayonnaise!
my brother and his family lives in Hawaii, I may have to send him this recipe to try.
Well I made this and it didn’t last long at our BBQ so I guess you could call it a hit. LOL
i like all the recipes , too many favorites to pick just one ..
What happened to your friend Leilani?
She moved back to Hawai’i, got married and now runs a successful business there. And she still makes her famous Mac Salad recipe!
When I saw the headline, I thought, "Macaroni salad with pineapples!" Well, I was absolutely wrong! Ha! This sounds divine – thank you for sharing!
I thought the same thing !