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Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad (Hawaiian-American pasta side dish)

(Hawaiian-American pasta salad side dish)

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Macaroni salad is a must-have side dish for any Hawaiian-style barbecue or luau meal. While definitely adopted from the mainland, Hawaiians have taken this simple pasta dish into their hearts and made it their own. Vinegar adds a tart punch to well-cooked pasta, and stirring in milk gives the sauce an extra bit of creaminess.

4 to 6 servings


  • Macaroni pasta -- 1 pound
  • Cider or white vinegar -- 1/2 cup
  • Mayonnaise -- 2 cups
  • Milk -- 1 cup
  • Sugar -- 2 tablespoons
  • Scallions -- 3 or 4
  • Carrot, grated -- 2
  • Celery, chopped -- 2 stalks
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste


  1. Cook the macaroni in boiling, salted water until very soft. Drain well and add to a large mixing bowl. Stir the vinegar into the pasta while it is still hot. Set aside to cool.
  2. In another bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, 1 cup of the milk and sugar until smooth. Stir this mixture into the cooling pasta. Stir in enough of the remaining milk to make a creamy sauce that coats the pasta well.
  3. Stir in the scallions, carrot and celery, season with salt and pepper, and then refrigerate until well chilled.
  4. Give the salad a good stir and serve as a side dish for any Hawaiian meal.

Hawaiian-style Macaroni Salad Variations

  • Stir in 1 cup of cooked peas along with the other vegetables.


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