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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

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This Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe is an easy pasta salad made with cook pasta noodles, onions, carrots and a creamy salad dressing.

This recipe is great to serve as a side dish for picnics, potlucks and barbecues.

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Easy Pasta Salad

  • This recipe uses simple ingredients that are budget-friendly.
  • Prep the recipe ahead of time and store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
  • Divide into serving portions for easy meal prep lunches.
  • Serve with hamburgers or as a side to barbecued ribs, steak or chicken.
ingredients on counter: jar of apple cider vinegar, milk, mayonnaise, bag of rice pasta, dried minced onion, celery, green onion, yellow onion and 3 carrots

Recipe Ingredients

PASTA NOODLES: Any type of elbow macaroni noodles will work. I used rice pasta noodles.

CARROT: I used one large carrot, grated on a cheese grater.

ONION: Should be diced small for the recipe.

GREEN ONIONS: Should be chopped small. You can use a pair of kitchen scissors to slice them small – it makes things so much easier!

CELERY: Chopped small.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: This is tossed with the salad ingredients before adding the dressing. This is NOT apple cider juice.

CREAMY DRESSING: A simple homemade dressing is made from mayonnaise, milk, sugar, dried onion, salt and pepper.

close up of hawaiian macaroni salad with pasta, carrots and green onion in a creamy dressing.

How To Make Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

  1. Cook elbow macaroni. Chop and shred the vegetables.
  2. Mix together mayonnaise, milk, sugar, dried minced onion, salt and pepper according to the full recipe instructions below.
  3. Add pasta, carrots, onion, and celery to a mixing bowl. Pour apple cider vinegar over top and stir. Add remaining dressing to the salad.
  4. Let chill in the fridge 4 hours. Serve and enjoy!

Leftover pasta salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up 3-4 days but tastes best when served within 1-2 days.

Spoon holding the macaroni salad

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  • Ranch Taco Chicken Salad uses delicious vegetables, cooked chicken, black beans, cheddar cheese and crunchy tortilla chips.
  • BLT Pasta Salad is a healthier version of the classic, using greek yogurt, mayonnaise and fresh parsley as the salad dressing.
  • Beet Bacon and Feta Salad is drizzled with a delicious balsamic rosemary salad dressing and feta cheese.

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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings


  • 1 lb uncooked elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup grated carrots - about 1 large carrot
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped scallions (green onion) - about 6 stalks
  • 2 celery ribs - chopped small (about ¾ cup)
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar



  • Cook 1 lb elbow macaroni in a pot of boiling water according to package directions. Rinse under cold water and drain.
  • In a small bowl together the dressing: Add 2 cups mayonnaise, ¼ cup milk, 1 Tbsp sugar, 2 tsp dried minced onion, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp ground black pepper. Mix together and set aside.
  • Add the 1 lb cold cooked pasta, ½ cup grated carrots, ½ cup chopped onion, 1 cup scallions (green onions), and 2 chopped celery ribs to a large bowl. Drizzle the white vinegar overtop and toss everything together.
  • Now pour the creamy dressing over top and mix the salad together.
  • Cover the salad and let chill in the fridge for minimum 4 hours. Give a quick stir just before serving.


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1183IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving.

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