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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
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5 from 6 votes

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is so fabulously creamy and simple. This mayonnaise-based pasta salad makes a wonderful side for summer bbqs and picnics.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 479kcal


  • 16 ounces elbow pasta
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 shredded carrots
  • salt and pepper


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoons kosher salt. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Place onion in a large bowl. When pasta is done, drain it well and add it to the bowl. Add garlic powder and apple cider vinegar and stir. Let sit 10 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, and sugar.
  • Set aside about 1/2 a cup and add the rest to the macaroni along with carrots. Stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and refrigerate both the bowl of macaroni salad and the reserved 1/2 a cup of mayonnaise mixture. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Stir in the reserved mayonnaise mixture just before serving.


Be sure not to overcook your pasta or it will have a mushy texture.
If you to dress it up some, add diced ham or chopped pineapple.


Calories: 479kcal