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Hawaiian Style Mac Salad


The secret to this delicious Hawaiian Style Mac Salad recipe is to toss the hot cooked macaroni with vinegar before letting it cool. A must try!

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  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups mayonnaise, divided
  • 2 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced thin (about 5 to 7 scallions)
  • 1 1/2 cups carrot, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, minced


Servings 8
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 40mins
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Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a roiling boil. Add macaroni and cook until very soft, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, return the pasta to the pot and immediately toss with vinegar. Let cool ten minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup of the mayonnaise, 1 1/2 cups of the whole milk, the brown sugar, salt, and pepper.

Once the macaroni has cooled for 10 minutes, toss with the mixed sauce and let cool to room temperature.

Once cool, fold in the scallion, carrot, and celery. Whisk together the remaining 1 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 cup whole milk and pour over macaroni salad. Toss well to coat. Taste and add more salt or pepper as needed.

Chill in the refrigerator until cold.

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