When I posted the recipe for Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken a few weeks back I promised that a recipe for macaroni salad wouldn’t be too far behind.  I’m willing to bet a solid gold doubloon that you’ve either been to Hawaii and tried their macaroni salad first hand, or have visited one of the many Hawaiian cafes that are popping up everywhere. Am I right?

I love the meat and sticky rice combo that you can find there, but it’s amazing what just a scoop of simple macaroni salad can do for the meal. The tangy, chewy noodles are the perfect compliment to the sweet meat. It’s no wonder that plate lunches are such a huge part of Hawaiian cuisine because they are just down-right good. I love it because it’s simple food. Simple ingredients. Simple preparations. Big flavor.

Hawaiian Style Macaroni Salad

You might be surprised by how few ingredients are actually in this salad, but like I said, Hawaiian food like this is simple.

Okay, and Drool-worthy too.

Hawaiian Style Macaroni Salad

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Hawaiian Style Macaroni Salad

Yield: 8 servings

Hawaiian Style Macaroni Salad


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1 C mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp grated white onion
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, more to taste


  1. Cook macaroni until just tender in salted water. Drain and set aside in a large bowl to cool.
  2. Once cooled, stir mayonnaise, salt, onion, and pepper into the noodles until well combined.
  3. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. If the salad seems dry add a bit of milk, 1 tbsp at a time or a little more mayonnaise.

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