Authentic and oh so simple recipe, makes up this traditional Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. The creamy dressing is both sweet and tangy and pairs beautifully in this traditional simple recipe. Serve with your favorite Teriyaki recipe and create a mouthwatering meal.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

More than 20 years ago I was in Hawaii and was served this traditional pasta salad as a side dish. Not expecting the subtle flavors I was pleasantly surprised and instantly fell in love with Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. I was jokingly told it was an ‘Island Secret’, but of course I knew better!

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is simple with only a few ingredients. Macaroni Pasta, sliced carrots, mayonnaise, cider vinegar, milk and a little sugar. You can also salt and Pepper this recipe to taste, but it won’t need much as the sweet and tangy dressing really does the trick.

Serves 4-6 | Perfect as a Side Dish | 6 Qt Instant Pot

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Instant Pot

Of course you can cook your pasta according the package directions but let me tell you, pasta made in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker is infused with extra flavor. I love to cook pasta with a Chicken Broth. The broth is absorbed as the pasta cooks and it’s a wonderful flavor addition to an all ready amazing recipe

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

The sweet and tangy dressing on Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is so simple that you will crave it. The trick is a good Mayonnaise. Best Foods does a great job. Add your sugar, and milk to create the sauce. This recipe also calls for an Apple Cider Vinegar, but here is a tip! Toss the Apple Cider Vinegar onto the pasta while its cooling. That tangy goodness is absorbed right into the noodle. YUM!

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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

What does Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Taste Like?

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is a cold pasta salad with a sweet and tangy dressing, unlike a traditional pasta salad that can be heavy in salt. The Hawaiian Macaroni has subtle flavors and can be an acquired tasted.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Traditional Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. Oh YUM! I love to goto a Hawaiian BBQ and have a bowl full of this Macaroni Salad. It compliments the many Hawaiian dishes and is a perfect balance to a meal.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes


  • 8 oz Macaroni Pasta
  • 2 1/2 Cups water or Broth
  • 1 Carrot slivered (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbs Milk
  • 1 Tbs Sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic *optional


Instant Pot Directions

  1. Pour water or broth in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and add macaroni making sure to spread the pasta evenly on bottom.
  2. Close lid and set to Manual (Pressure Cook) high for 4 minutes with a 4 minute Natural Release (NR) and then Quick Release (QR) the remaining pressure
  3. Rinse pasta under cool water and drain
  4. Add slivered carrots and Apple Cider Vinegar to pasta and toss. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  5. In a separate bowl combine mayonnaise, sugar and milk. Whisk to combine.
  6. Pour over cooled pasta.
  7. Add garlic if desired
  8. Toss to coat. Allow to marinate for 4 hours or overnight.
  9. Add additional 1-2 Tbs Milk if needed for desired consistency

Stove Directions:

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions
  2. Rinse Pasta and drain. Add Carrot slivers and Apple Cider Vinegar and toss to coat. Place in refrigerator to cool for 1 hour
  3. In a separate bowl combine mayonnaise, sugar and milk. Whisk to combine.
  4. Pour over cooled pasta.
  5. Add garlic if desired
  6. Toss to coat. Allow to marinate for 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Add additional 1-2 Tbs Milk if needed for desired consistency
  8. Serve Cold


Pasta is served best with Hawaiian Ribs, Shredded Pork, Teriyaki Chicken or Steak or with a Grilled Teriyaki Pineapple Burger.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 601 Total Fat: 53g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 43g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 540mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g Protein: 6g
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