Hawaiian Macaroni Salad- Ultimate Homemade Recipe

This Classic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe is an easy-to-make delicious Hawaiian style dish that has a creamy dressing and a sweet tangy taste!

It will not take more than 20 minutes to prep and it will taste just like it came from Hawaiian Food Paradise.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

My creamy Hawaiian Macaroni salad is a perfect Hawaiian lunch that is adored by everyone devour!

I would have Hawaiian Macaroni Salad daily in my lunch or dinner, because it’s easy to make, creamy and so addicting. After you take your first bite.

you will make it a staple for all your BBQs and Family summer gatherings as well.When I got back from my vacation trip to Hawaii.

I started my version of this classic recipe, I’ve been making this Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe for a month now and I nailed it!

Why you’ll Adore It?

It is a perfect classic dish for all kinds of occasions. I have made this Hawaiian style Macaroni Salad for Bar-B-Qs and busy family gatherings.

If I ask about this dish it’s always the first dish to be praised and everyone asks for this recipe.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

My son says did it come from Hawaiian Food Truck? I am asking you to bring a little bit of the island to your home by making this creamy and tangy recipe.

Juicy Macaroni mixed with Onions and carrots and topped with 5 home ingredients dressing, this gives the dish a sweet flavor that makes it addictive.

Serve this to enjoy your family crowd at your BBQs and make this a memorable pleasing dish and make everyone talk about it.


Well, sometimes yes sometimes No.

As classic salad does not have eggs in it, but during my Hawaii trip I noticed some dishes have eggs in it as Macaroni salad with boiled eggs.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

You can make this Macaroni Salad in advance for up to 3 days, follow my complete recipe instructions and let it sit in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days before serving.


  • Macaronic- Classic Hawaiian salad is made with Elbow macaroni, but you can prep it with others as you prefer.
  • Carrots- Grated Carrots
  • Yellow Onions- You can also use ½ Tbsp of onion powder to replace yellow onion.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Mayonnaise
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper (Ground)

What can be used instead?

Boiled eggs (chopped), or chopped pickles can be used in this recipe, you can replace yellow onions with onion powder, and you can use any macaroni such as farfalle or cavatappi pasta.

How to make the Best Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

This Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe is made with cooked mac.

That is combined with yellow onions, grated carrots, and apple vinegar juice, always try to grate your carrots, or store brought bag of grated carrots can be used always.

After, the Pasta and veggie combination is made with homemade mayonnaise, milk, sugar, salt, and pepper.

I’ll suggest using whole milk for the mixture but you can use any milk you like or have on hand.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad FAQS

 How to store leftover cake?

I prefer to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I Freeze this, Salad?

Yes, you can freeze it. Just place the prepared macaroni salad in the freezer in an airtight container or Zip lock bag, when you want to serve just put it in the fridge for 4-5 hours before you want to eat it.

Do I need to prepare instant vanilla mix before adding it?

No, it is combined with milk and yogurt and it’s in powder form, so do not prepare pudding mix.

How to store Hawaiian Macaroni Salad?

Store leftovers in an airtight container, I used plastic wrap to cover this, please store them in cool room temperature for up to 2-3 days, after that, they will become hard.

you can store them in a large zip lock bag.


Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

This Classic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe is an easy-to-make delicious Hawaiian style dish that has a creamy dressing and a sweet tangy taste! It will not take more than 20 minutes to prep and it will taste just like it came from Hawaiian Food Paradise.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cool Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 430 kcal


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large pot


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 carrots grated
  • ¼ cup yellow grated onion or ½tbsp onion powder
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 3 cups mayonnaise
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste


  • Boil salted water in a large pot then add elbow macaroni and cook as mentioned in the box until it became soft, it should take about 10minutes.
  • When macaroni is cooked well, soak its water and transfer it into a mixing bowl, add apple cider vinegar, carrots, and onions (while it's hot). Try not to smash this mixture and combine them well. Then cool it for 20-30 minutes.
  • Combine mayonnaise, milk, sugar, salt, and pepper to taste while the macaroni is cooling.
  • Topping dressing over cooled Mac. And combine properly, taste the salt and pepper, and adjust to your taste.
  • Cover this and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to absorb the dressing and enhance its flavor.
  • Before serving, if the dressing looks dry just add a little milk and make it creamy as you like. Enjoy!


  • Use homemade mayonnaise, it will make the dressing thick.
  • It’s a great meal to make ahead of time, as it can be stored in refrigerators for up to 3 days, make sure to mix everything before serving.
  • Add 2 cups of chopped chicken if you want this salad into more of a main dish meal.
  • You can add chopped boiled eggs, green olives, or chopped pickles to this salad.
Keyword Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, hawaiian pasta salad

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