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Hawaiian macaroni salad in a large bowl with a serving spoon.
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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!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
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Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Side, Side Dish
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