The Easiest Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe You’ll Ever Make!

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad in Dish

A Taste of the Islands

Growing up near the sandy shores of Southern California meant being surrounded by a vibrant Hawaiian culture. From the exhilaration of riding waves to the mouthwatering flavors of Hawaiian cuisine, the influence of the islands was undeniable. Whether it was a humble mom-and-pop joint or a popular fast food spot, Hawaiian food establishments were abundant, offering delicious combinations like teriyaki chicken and steak teriyaki beef. And let’s not forget the incredible side dishes that accompanied these meals.

Creamy Goodness in Every Bite

One side dish that stood out among the rest was the creamy macaroni salad. The refreshing crunch of Asian chicken salad and the bold flavors of this Hawaiian macaroni salad created a winning combination. Even if you’re not typically a fan of mac salad, this recipe will change your mind. It’s ridiculously flavorful and incredibly easy to make. So why not give it a try at your next cookout or picnic?

To make this Hawaiian macaroni salad, all you need are a handful of simple ingredients. Cook the macaroni until it’s tender, then rinse it in cold water to stop the cooking process. Ensure it’s well drained to prevent excess water from interfering with the dish. Next, add shredded carrots, minced onions, green onions, and a blend of spices. The secret to the creaminess lies in real mayo. Mix everything together and let it chill in a covered container until you’re ready to serve. For optimum flavor, allow the mac salad to rest overnight.

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Macaroni Salad in serving dish

Plan Your Perfect Cookout

This creamy macaroni salad is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite BBQ meats and veggies. To help you plan the ultimate cookout, here’s a simple menu featuring make-ahead recipes that will allow you to relax and enjoy your meal with friends and family.

Appetizer: Start with 4-Ingredient Crock Pot Buffalo Meatballs. They’re unbelievably easy and can be prepared ahead of time, leaving your grill available for other delicious dishes. Plus, using a slow cooker keeps your kitchen cool.

Main Dish: Take the hassle out of deciding between beef or chicken with these two mouthwatering options. Marinate Hawaiian BBQ Grilled Chicken ahead of time, and let the flavors soak in for up to two days. Alternatively, try our 30-Minute Steak Teriyaki, which is quick to prepare and bursting with flavor.

Side Dish: Don’t forget the star of the show – this macaroni salad (recipe below) that we’ve been raving about.

Drinks: For the adults, we suggest a refreshing make-ahead Hawaiian Mai Tai. And for the kids, a quick and easy 4-Ingredient Orange Julius that can be chilled until serving time.

Dessert: End your meal on a sweet note with our easy One Bowl Yum-Yum Cake. Surprisingly tender and moist, it requires no oil or butter. If you prefer, ask someone to bring their favorite sweet treat to share!

Ingredients for Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

More Delicious Sides for Your BBQ Party

No BBQ party is complete without a selection of mouthwatering sides. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Southwestern Barley Salad: Light and bursting with flavor, this salad shines with lime and cilantro. The addition of barley adds a satisfying chewiness.
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Southwestern Barley Salad

  1. Hawaiian Salmon Poke: Although not a traditional side dish, this popular Hawaiian appetizer is a hit at any gathering. Nutritious and delicious, it can even serve as a light dinner option.

Hawaiian Salmon Poke

  1. Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette: Tangy, slightly sweet, and full of zesty flavor, this potato salad adds a delightful twist to your table.

Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

  1. Caprese Pasta Salad: Beautifully presented and equally delicious, this salad is perfect for spring or summer. Enjoy it as a side dish or a light lunch.

Caprese Pasta Salad

Don’t forget to check out the original recipe and more mouthwatering dishes at Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. So gather your friends and family, fire up the grill, and indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of this easy Hawaiian macaroni salad.