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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Impress your family and friends at your next picnic or luau with this classic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad recipe. It pairs perfectly with any mixed plate meats!

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Refrigeration2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 27 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta
Servings: 8
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Clean Fingers Laynie


  • 16 oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 large Carrots Shredded
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder Optional
  • 2 cups Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste


Dressing Preparation

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, and brown sugar. Set aside.

Pasta Preparation

  • In a large pot, bring 4 quarts water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta and cook until pasta is very soft (but not mushy), about 9-12 minutes. 
  • Drain the pasta and return to pot. Add vinegar, carrots, and onion powder (if using) and gently toss until vinegar is absorbed. Allow the pasta to cool to room temperature, about 10-15 minutes.

Assembling the Salad

  • Using a rubber spatula, fold the macaroni into the mayo mixture until all the noodles are evenly coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. Prior to serving, gently toss pasta. If the pasta is dry, add up to a tablespoon of milk to hydrate the pasta.


Estimated Nutrition, Per Serving: Calories 470, Fat 41 g, Carbohydrate 22 g, Dietary Fiber g, Protein 4 g, Sodium 958 mg