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Hawaiian Mac Salad

Hawaiian Mac Salad is the cornerstone of a good “plate lunch,” i.e. a bed of rice, a scoop of mac salad, and a heaping serving of a meat dish like lau lau, kalua pork, or huli huli chicken. Here's our version of the recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: mac salad
Servings: 12
Calories: 420kcal
Author: Kaitlin


  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 3 medium russet potatoes (peeled and cut into large chunks)
  • 2 cups mayonnaise (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons cider vinegar (to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 carrot (grated, about 1 cup)
  • 1 small onion (grated)
  • Salt to taste


  • Boil the macaroni and the potatoes in two separate pots simultaneously. Cook the macaroni until it’s fully softened—not necessarily al dente. Cook the potatoes until fork tender. In a separate bowl, mash the potatoes into a coarse mash. It should be about half chunky and half smooth.
  • Next, mix the dressing: add the mayonnaise, milk, cider vinegar, and sugar.
  • In a large bowl, mix the boiled macaroni with the peas, carrots, and grated onion. Pour the dressing in. Mix thoroughly. Now add the mashed potatoes. Add salt to taste.


Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 376mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1025IU | Vitamin C: 11.3mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.2mg