Creamy Sweet Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe Is All the Rage by Shauna Flury

Creamy Sweet Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe Is All the Rage

Don't expect leftovers if you take this creamy Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe to your next get-together. This flavorful salad recipe will give you that tropical island taste as a side dish for dinner, or even as a light lunch

Be sure to only use mayonnaise, and I prefer Best Foods mayonnaise. I recommend not using Kraft mayonnaise or Miracle Whip. In some areas, Hellman's mayonnaise is the same as Best Foods. It makes all the difference! 

To make this macaroni salad recipe you will need elbow macaroni, apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise (Best Foods or Hellman's), whole milk, brown sugar, green onions and a carrot. This tasty pasta salad recipe is best if chilled for at least two to four hours before serving, but 24 hours is ideal. Enjoy a creamy rich taste of the islands anytime!

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Cuisine: Hawaiian 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes plus 2 hours to chill

Total Time: 2 hours and 25 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni (I used large elbow mac but only half the package)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups Best Foods mayonnaise (aka Hellman's Real Mayonnaise)
  • 1 cup whole milk (you can also use 2% but not 1%)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (small ones and reserve 2/3 of the tops for garnish)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled, grated and chopped into bite-sized chunks 

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Recipe Notes

  • Hellman's Real Mayonnaise and Best Foods Mayonnaise are the same. Since 1932, the same company has owned Best Foods and Hellman's. Because of brand-name loyalty, the company decided to keep both brand names.
  • Store the macaroni salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Bring approximately 4 quarts of water to a boil and add the macaroni. Cook until VERY soft, about 15 minutes. Drain the macaroni and return to the pot.
  2. Add the vinegar and stir until the macaroni is well coated while slightly warm and the vinegar adheres. Let cool. 
  3. While the macaroni is cooling, combine the mayonnaise, milk and brown sugar. Mix well. Add any desired salt and pepper. Pour over the cooled macaroni and stir well. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 147

Total Fat: 6g

Saturated Fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 136mg

Total Carbohydrate: 22g

Dietary Fiber: 1.3g

Total Sugars: 11g

Protein: 2.2g

Vitamin D: 3mcg

Calcium: 47mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 163mg

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Donna John
Yum! This is on the list to make ASAP. My grandma only used Hellman's mayo, too, and that carried on to me. It really is better and makes a difference. I thought it was a southern thing. :-) Curious, where's it a copycat from? Shauna Flury
Shauna Flury
Our family Loves L&L or Ono Hawiian BBQ so we set about to make our own Copycat version.
Elisa Schmitz
This sounds fantastic! I love Hellman’s, too, Donna John . Loving your recipes, Shauna Flury !
Julie Rose
Oh how delish! 😋

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