Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

I found a simple recipe for a Hawaiian Macaroni Salad while searching online the other day. I first tried Hawaiian macaroni salad (and loved it) several months ago, when our oldest son began dropping by our home with pulled pork and macaroni salad he picked up from a local, well known authentic Hawaiian restaurant.Hawaiian Macaroni Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!We loved this recipe!  I grew up not really liking “regular” macaroni salad, due to all the sweet pickle relish my Mom put in the recipe (not a big fan!). Perhaps that is why I really like this simple, creamy Hawaiian-style macaroni salad, made with a few simple ingredients (and no pickle relish!) Finely shredded carrots are what give this tasty salad it’s slight orange coloring. Here’s how to make this fantastic “Hawaiian-style” side dish:

Cook one pound (16 ounces) of elbow macaroni according to package instructions.

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While macaroni is cooking, finely shred carrots and onion. I used the smaller opening of my hand grater to finely shred both the carrots and the onion.

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When macaroni has finished cooking, drain it well, but don’t let it cool off.

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Put the macaroni in a bowl, or container with a lid.  While the macaroni is still hot, add apple cider vinegar, carrots and onion. Stir well. After ingredients are mixed together, let it cool for about 15 minutes.

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While macaroni is cooling off, mix together mayonnaise, milk and sugar in a separate container. Once macaroni is completely cool, add the mayonnaise mixture; gently stir it in, until ingredients are fully combined.

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After ingredients are completely mixed together, add salt and black pepper, to taste. At this point the salad will seem “wet” , but never fear! The macaroni will absorb lots of the moisture as it refrigerates.

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Cover the salad and refrigerate for at LEAST 4 hours (trust me, the longer it refrigerates, the better it tastes!). Make sure to give it a stir before serving, then enjoy this great side dish with some pulled pork (and rice), for an authentic Hawaiian meal!

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I’m really glad I made this salad. I kept coming back and having a few bites of it here and there (couldn’t stay out of it!).  I even invited our son over to taste test it, and he loved it (and took some home for later)!  It is (or WAS… we scarfed it) delicious, simple to prepare, very creamy (like it’s supposed to be), and a great side dish. Hope you’ll give it a try!

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: http://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/authentic-hawaiian-macaroni-salad.html

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This easy to prepare, creamy "Hawaiian-style" macaroni salad will have you saying "Aloha!"
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 8-10 servings
  • 1 box (1 pound) elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 carrots, finely shredded
  • ¼ cup finely shredded onion
  • 2½ cups mayonnaise (Best Foods or Hellman's recommended by original source)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Prepare the elbow macaroni, according to package instructions. When done, drain macaroni and put it into a large bowl while still hot.
  2. While the macaroni is hot, add the apple cider vinegar, shredded carrots and shredded onion. Stir and mix well. Let the macaroni cool down for 15 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, milk, and granulated sugar together until fully combined. Gently stir in the mayonnaise mixture into the macaroni (which is now at room temp). Stir until all ingredients are fully coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Cover bowl; place salad in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (or overnight-the longer it refrigerates, the better it will taste!). When ready to serve, give the salad a light stir... and enjoy!



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