A bowl of Hawaiian macaroni salad sitting on top of a white napkin with a fork beside it.
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5 from 5 votes

Real Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is perfect for any luau or Hawaiian plate lunch paired with kalua pork and spam musubi.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Fridge time8 hrs
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Jade Jones


  • 16 oz large elbow macaroni

Salad dressing

  • 2 carrots finely shredded
  • 1/2 onion finely shredded
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp milk


  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water for 1-3 minutes past the al dente time stated on the package. Drain well and spread onto a cookie sheet or tray to allow the pasta to cool.
  • Using the small holes on a box grater, shred the carrots and onion straight into a bowl.  Add the rest of the dressing ingredients and mix well.  
  • Toss the cooked pasta in the dressing and refrigerate overnight.  Serve with sticky rice, kalua pork or extra saucy teriyaki chicken.


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 418mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g