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    Macaroni Salad from L&L Hawaiian BBQ

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    27 mins

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    12 mins

    Andtototoo!'s Note:

    This simple macaroni salad recipe is served at the L&L Hawaiian BBQ chain. This recipe is from their cookbook by Eddie Flores, Jr.

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    1. 1
      Bring water to a boil in a large pot or dutch oven.
    2. 2
      Add the dried elbow pasta and boil for 12 minutes or until cooked.
    3. 3
      Drain water and cool the pasta thoroughly.
    4. 4
      Combine all remaining ingredients and chill for at least 1 hour.
    5. 5
      [Notes: I always add salt to the pot of water so that the pasta is well seasoned. The onion in the macaroni salad at L & L Hawaiian BBQ is very small, more like minced. After dicing your onion, be sure and rinse it in cold running water to remove any bitterness. I never measure out the mayonnaise, just add enough until I am satisfied. The cookbook recommends using Best Foods or Hellman's mayonnaise. I often add 2-3 Tablespoons of milk right before serving to make sure that the pasta is moist enough. The original recipe adds one small can of oil based tuna (drained), but I haven't seen it added to the salad when I have ordered it. Some reviewers are commenting that the recipe is too salty and that the salt should be reduced, so please keep that in mind. I think that I just add to taste, but the 2 teaspoons is what is in the original recipe in the cookbook.].
    6. 6
      UPDATE May 2014: I checked with my local L&L Hawaiian BBQ and they do NOT put tuna in their macaroni salad, it is totally vegetarian.

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    • on November 10, 2013


      This is very close to the L&L salad. I'd recommend cutting it in half unless you're making this for a party. Even starting with 1/2 lb of dry macaroni, there's enough for 6-8 servings. (Remember, the traditional Hawaiian plate lunch calls for 1 scoop of macaroni and 2 scoops of rice!)<br/><br/>You want a medium shred on the carrot. Too fine and it gets wet and turns everything orange. Too course and it's overly crunchy and distracting. Also, it's closer to the restaurant version with about half the amount of carrot than the recipe indicates, about 1/4 cup per 1 cup of dry macaroni. The amount of onion is also too much and cutting it in half is better. Sweet onion is best if you can get it, otherwise yellow will do. Shredding the onion isn't necessary, but it needs to be prepared even finer than minced so that it's almost a paste. It doesn't need to be rinsed or dried.<br/><br/>I STRONGLY disagree with the comment that says tuna is in the restaurant salad. Maybe the original recipe published by Eddie Flores, Jr. had it, but I've also never seen it in the salad from any L&L. Even if I'm wrong and the restaurant version still has tuna, it's undetectable and certainly not 1 small can per 1 lb of dry macaroni, which means it can be left out entirely. Prepare it both ways and you'll see the version without tuna is more like the restaurant than the one with tuna.

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    • on June 30, 2013


      I hate macaroni salad. The only kind I will ever eat and enjoy, is at L & L. I searched for this recipe for a Luau I have coming up, and to me it's spot on with L & L. It's really simple, and hard to stop eating. Love it, and so did all of my test tasters. I will try it with the tuna though, just to compare.

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    • on July 27, 2014


      I reduced the salt to half. I grated the white onion and rinsed it in a mesh sieve. I then pressed out the water. No crunchy over powering onion taste. Perfect!

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    Nutritional Facts for Macaroni Salad from L&L Hawaiian BBQ

    Serving Size: 1 (401 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 750.5
    Calories from Fat 363
    Total Fat 40.4 g
    Saturated Fat 5.9 g
    Cholesterol 30.5 mg
    Sodium 1632.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 87.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
    Sugars 10.6 g
    Protein 11.2 g

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