Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Copycat Recipe: A Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe From the Islands by Shauna Flury

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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Copycat Recipe: A Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe From the Islands

Don't expect leftovers if you take this Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe to your next get-together. Be sure to only use Best Foods mayonnaise. Do not use Kraft or Miracle Whip. In some areas Hellman's mayo is the same as Best Foods. It makes all the difference! This salad is best if chilled for at least two to four hours before serving, but 24 hours is best.

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 macaroni but only half the package) 
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups Best Foods 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 

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 mayo, 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.

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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 A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This sounds fantastic! I love Hellman’s, too, Donna John . Loving your recipes, Shauna Flury !
Julie Rose
Oh how delish! 😋

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