Basic Hawaii Mac Salad

Recipe by taz4477
READY IN: 45mins




  • 1. Prepare macaroni according to instructions on box. Afterwards, rinse with cold water and drain again. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes. The pasta: Cook 1 pound elbow macaroni (for really local Hawaiian style, cook until soft and fat, but you can go al dente if you prefer).
  • 2. Add finely chopped Carrot and mix well. Add finely chopped onions and mix well. The flavoring: Stir in ¼ cup very finely grated onion. Not minced, chopped or sliced—grated. It should be liquidy (this is how they do it at Diner’s, a local eatery in Kalihi).
  • 3. Combine mayonnaise and milk. mix well, then add to macaroni. Add salt, pepper and paprika to taste. The mayo: At least 2½ cups for real local style. But there are no rules, so use less if you like. Or more.
  • 4. Taste test the mayo and milk combo. Add more mayo or milk to suit your tastes. Salt and pepper, to taste. Stir well; refrigerate.
  • 5. Chill before serving.