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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad in a blue bowl with wooden serving fork and gumamela on the table

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad brings unique flavor to the table. The veggies & pasta are brought together by a super creamy dressing!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe, How Do I Make Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, How To Make Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 769kcal
Author kath


  • 2 cups whole milk divided
  • 2 cups mayonnaise Divided
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion grated
  • 1/2 cup carrot peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 cup celery finely chopped

Optional Additions:

  • 2 cups ham chopped
  • 1-20 ounce can pineapple chunks drained
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced


  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 1  1/2 cups milk, 1 cup mayonnaise, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a roiling bowl. Add pasta and 1 Tablespoon of salt to the water and cook the pasta for 15 minutes, until it's fat and very soft. Drain pasta and pour it back into the dried pasta pot. Pour vinegar over pasta and stir until it's evenly distributed and absorbed. Pour pasta into a bowl and cool for 10 minutes. Add the milk and mayonnaise mixture and stir until evenly combined, then cool completely.
  • Add the grated onions, carrots, celery, (ham, pineapple, green onion~if using)  and the remaining milk and mayonnaise to the pasta and mix until evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour for up to 2 days. Adjust seasoning if necessary and serve.


Serving: 1/8 of the recipe | Calories: 769kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 1109mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1530IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1.2mg