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.
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.
I am making this today. Just called my L&L on Willow in Long Beach, CA and they confirmed that they in fact DO put tuna in their salad. They said that not all of the L&L's do and they only put a little in so I am adding 1/4 can to a half a recipe as I think it's the best. I have already made the Kalua pork. Dinner isgonna be good tonight
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!
This is it! This tastes exactly like L
This recipe is AWESOME!! My husband is Tongan and I have been looking for a good Mac Salad recipe to satisfy the family. This one does the trick! My one year old is teething and this is the only thing he wants to eat. I used a veggie peeler for the onion and carrot then chopped them both up with my chefs knife. The amount of mayo this recipe calls for is kind of a lot so I ended up making more pasta but other than that it's amazing. Thank you!
Should have read the review before cooking.<br/>Please reduce the salt to 1/2.<br/>It was too salty.
Yummy! I made this for friends from Hawaii and they loved it! Thanks for sharing this authentic recipe!