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Hawaiian macaroni salad in a large bowl with a serving spoon.

Authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

This Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the real deal. A no-frills, creamy mac salad that is the perfect side dish for any BBQ or Luau!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Hawaiian
Keyword Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Side, Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 563kcal
Author Erica Walker


  • Stove Top
  • Large Sauce Pan



  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain well and place macaroni in a large bowl (I like to use a tupperware bowl with a lid so I can easily refrigerate later).
  • While macaroni is still hot, sprinkle on vinegar and add carrot and onion. Toss together until well combined. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until cooled.
  • In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together mayo, milk, and sugar. Fold mayo mixture into the macaroni until all the noodles are evenly coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours (best if overnight). Gently stir before serving adding a little more milk if needed, no more than a tablespoon or two.



Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2085IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.7mg