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Hawaiian Mac Salad Recipe

Hawaiian Mac Salad

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"If you've ever been to Hawaii, you know mac salad is a staple there and is different than mac salad anywhere else! I finally think I've made some almost as good as the island! Serve with kahlua pork or any of your other island favorites! Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil; cook the macaroni in boiling water until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain. Chill in refrigerator.
  2. Bring a separate pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil; cook the potatoes in boiling water until just cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain, peel, and chop the potatoes into small cubes. Combine the potatoes, chopped egg, and mayonnaise in a bowl; mix. Add the macaroni, Italian-style salad dressing, onion, carrot, salt, and pepper to the potato mixture; stir. Chill in refrigerator until cold, about 20 minutes. Serve cold.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 11, 2010

As an island girl myself, I can tell you the KEY to this recipe is the MAUI ONION. Maui onions have a unique sweet taste that unlocks the true flavor in this lovely salad. Follow the directions, treat yourself to the Maui onion if you are unfamiliar, and you will see. Thank you for sharing this recipe Sheri, it's a keeper!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 17, 2010

This is Mac Salad but not really Hawaiian Mac Salad. I made it out of curiosity and, while it was tasty, it's a far cry from what you'll get at any plate lunch/Korean BBQ joint in Hawaii. True Hawaiian Mac Salad is simple... Macaroni, Best Foods/Hellmann's Mayo (a must) a little bit of milk, and salt and white pepper to taste. Sometimes you'll find shredded carrots, but generally, there are just flakes of them for color. You may find variations of mac salad in the grocery store that include potato and egg, but purists will tell you that mac salad is really just macaroni and best foods mayo.

Apr 12, 2012

I was born in Hawaii and still live here. We make Mac salad for parties all the time without "following" a recipe since we were brought up with this. I have never heard of Italian dressing in this dish. I love potato Mac salad. I add more boiled eggs, usually 3. We use enough mayo to make it creamy. If you put in the fridge over night, you may need to add more mayo the next day if it looks dry. This is not a healthy dish, but it's oh so good. On occasion we add frozen peas or shredded carrots. You must have onions! It really makes the dish. For presentation a lot of people add paprika to the top. Sometimes after I put my serving in my plate I top it off with shoyu (soy sauce). Yummmm!

May 12, 2010

This is the closest I have found to the potato/macaroni salad I had in hawaii but I don't remember the italian dressing taste. I think next time I will leave it out.

Mar 16, 2011

Nice. To be truly Hawaiian, use Best Foods Mayo. Add frozen peas and for a treat, add fried julienned Spam.

Jan 06, 2013

I made this mac salad for over 100 people and every single person who tried it had loved it!! This is my "go-to" mac salad recipe from now on!

Feb 18, 2012

this is an awesome mix, this is the fourth time making this in 6 months, i double the recipe and our family eats it till its GONE...

Aug 20, 2010

I made this dish for a Luau party I was having. Very easy recipe and tasty too! Everyone enjoyed it and was the perfect side dish. I used a sweet onion instead of a Maui onion bc I wasn't able to find it?? Carrots make a great crunch and I loved the combination of macaroni and potatos. Only suggestion is adding more mayo and italian dressing. Maybe a little more egg. Other then that, great!


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  • Calories
  • 543 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 65.7 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 63 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 26.2 g
  • 40%
  • Fiber
  • 5 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 11.7 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 607 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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