Hawaiian Style Mac Salad Recipe

Hawaiian Style Mac Salad Recipe

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

As we head out to picnic and BBQ this Fourth of July weekend, just wanted to share one of my favorite recipes. In Hawaii, BBQ meat needs to be eaten with mac salad. They go hand in hand, just like PB&J or chips and dip. This recipe makes more of an Okazuya type salad. Hope you like it! 


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups Whole Milk (Don’t use skim or weirdo flavored soy milk substitutions)
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups Best Foods Mayonnaise (Depends on how much mayo you like)
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 green onion stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium sized carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup of peas (You could use celery instead, but I like peas better)
  • 1 can of drained tuna
  • Salt & Pepper


- Boil 4 quarts of water. Add 1 Tbsp salt and cook your macaroni for about 15 minutes. You want your macaroni to be soft, NOT al dente. I also wash my eggs, wrap them in foil and boil them along with the noodles.

- Drain your noodles and return them to the pot. Add the Apple cider vinegar and toss. Then add your carrots and peas. Let it cool for about 10 minutes.

- While that cools, whisk together your milk, mayo, brown sugar, ½ tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. It might look a little watery, but that’s ok.

- Now chop up your boiled eggs and add them along with your drained can of tuna to the pasta.

- You don’t want to add your milky mixture to the pasta too quickly. Otherwise, the milk and vinegar will curdle. So make sure you wait the full 10 minutes before whisking in your dressing.

- Mix and let cool completely before adding your green onions as garnish. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (I like to use a little garlic salt)

- Chill for at least one hour before serving. The pasta will soak up your dressing during this time.


PC: Lilikoi Kitchen (I forgot to take a photo of mine! So check out this Maui website full of ono recipes.)
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Jeri - July 5, 2019

Love Hawaii mac salad. Thanks. Finally have a Hawaii restaurant close by. Miss all that!!!!!

Jeri - July 5, 2019

Love Hawaii mac salad. Thanks. Finally have a Hawaii restaurant close by. Miss all that!!!!!

Betty Townsend - July 5, 2019

I will be making Potato/Mac Salad for a BBQ potluck at our church this coming Sunday. Your recipe is interesting. I don’t add apple cider vinegar, whole milk nor brown sugar. I do all the rest. May have to try your recipe sometime. Aloha.

Kim - July 26, 2016

I miss GOOD mac salad! Luckily we now have an L & L Restaurant in San Antonio! Ono!

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