Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe | DIY Joy Projects and Crafts Ideas

Image credits: America's Test Kitchen via YouTube


As a big fan of macaroni salad, I can confidently say that this Hawaiian version from America’s Test Kitchen on YouTube is the best I’ve ever tasted. It’s creamy, flavorful, and has the perfect texture. This recipe is a staple in my kitchen and it’s always a hit whenever I make it for the fam. 


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In this step by step instructions, America’s Test Kitchen will teach you how to make this macaroni salad from scratch and with ingredients already in your kitchen. So, if you’re looking to impress a crowd in your upcoming cookout, try this recipe! Watch the video below for the step by step procedure.


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped


Step 1

To start, boil 4 quarts of water, then add 1 tbsp salt and 1 lb of elbow macaroni. Cook for 15 minutes or until very soft. In the meantime, make the dressing. Combine 2 cups of whole milk, 2 cups of mayonnaise, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tsp ground black pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl and mix well until combined. Once done, reserve 1 cup of the dressing and set aside. Back to the macaroni, drain it after 15 minutes, then drizzle 1/2 cup cider vinegar. Stir until it’s all the way absorbed, then let the pasta cool.

Cooking the macaroni pasta
Image credits: America’s Test Kitchen via YouTube

Step 2

Once the macaroni has cooled down, go ahead and add the dressing and the veggies (finely chopped carrots, celery rib, and scallions). Mix together until fully incorporated, then place it in the fridge for at least an hour covered. After refrigerating and before serving, add the reserved cup of dressing and stir until fully incorporated. Finally, adjust the taste to your liking and serve.

Assembling the Hawaiian macaroni salad
Image credits: America’s Test Kitchen via YouTube

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

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