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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

When you order a hot plate lunch in Hawaii you will be served the main course along with a scoop of sticky rice and a scoop of macaroni salad.  Recently I was really craving that macaroni salad.   It took some searching and some experimenting but I’ve gotten as close to authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad as I’m going to get outside the Islands.

This recipe serves 8 to 10 (or three people for two days as side dishes for suppers and lunches)


2 cups whole milk (do not try to substitute low fat or skim milk)

2 cup Helmans mayonnaise (it has to be Helmans)

¼ c dark brown sugar

½ tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

For the salad:

1 lb of elbow macaroni

4 to 5 chopped green onions

2 stalks of celery, finely chopped

2 large carrots, peel and grated (I do this with the food processor as it’s faster)

Cook the elbow macaroni until it is soft and big and really fat.   Approximately 15 to 20 minutes.  You may think that you are overcooking the macaroni but this allows the pasta to absorb more dressing.

Drain pasta.  Return it to the pot and add ½  c vinegar.  Stir thoroughly.   Transfer the pasta to a large bowl and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

While that’s cooling, add the dressing ingredients to a medium sized bowl and whisk until smooth.

Stir the dressing into the pasta, cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it has cooled completely.

Once cooled, add green onion, celery and carrot.  Return to the fridge for at least an hour or up to 2 days.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad



  • Robin (rsIslandCrafts)
    September 2, 2011 8:46 am

    Sounds delicious! I’m always looking for a different mac salad to try.

  • Sandra :)
    September 2, 2011 4:03 pm

    I thought I was the only one that preps carrots in the food processor – in my house, “shredded” means “cut into tiny ballish chunks” – they work fine for carrot cake or anything requiring shreds, and it’s a fast and easy way to prepare them! Certainly my knuckles appreciate not being shredded on the box grater, LOL.

    The macaroni salad looks yummy – just add it to the list of recipes you’re going to prepare for when we (Nancy and I, LOL) come visit! 😉 You’re not back home yet, are you?

  • Cathy
    May 9, 2013 10:57 pm


    I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! The party is opens Thursday evening and closes at midnight on Wednesday night. Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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