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Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad RecipeCreamy comforting Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad, the perfect side dish to add a little aloha to your table!

Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad Recipe
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One thing I always look forward to when we vacation in Hawaii is the potato salad.

Yes, I love the fresh fish and poke, the towering shave ice, and the fruit smoothies. Yet it’s the hearty comfort foods you find on a traditional Hawaiian plate lunch that really get me excited.

I think it’s because some of these dishes are so unexpected in a tropical environment… Like Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad.

Making Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad Recipe

At Hawaiian delis, you will find potato salad and you will find macaroni salad. Yet most commonly, you find a potato-macaroni combo salad with all the best attributes of both!

With Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad you get the tender bits of potato, so soft they are breaking down into the dressing. Then you get firm, yet silky, macaroni pasta holding little pockets of dressing in each tube.

Easy Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad Recipe

The surprise ingredients you don’t often find in either potato salad or pasta salad, is peas and carrots!

The sweetness of the peas and carrots, along with a touch of allspice, brings all the ingredients together into a salty-sweet side dish that makes you want to pull up a bowl and face-plant.

How To: Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad Recipe

Making Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad is no more difficult than making regular potato salad.

Just remember to boil the potatoes for 5 minutes, then stir in the macaroni noodles, so the potatoes and macaroni finish cooking at the same time.

Then toss in shredded onions, carrots, sweet peas, scallions, and a quick homemade dressing.

Perfect Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad Recipe

If you love making potato salad or macaroni salad for spring picnics and backyard parties, give this Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad a try.

It has all the appeal of classic southern sides, with a touch of Hawaiian charm!

The Best Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad Recipe

Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad - A Hawaiian plate lunch special! Creamy macaroni salad with tender chunks of potato, sweet peas, and carrots mixed in.
Servings: 16



  • Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes and place them in a large stock pot. Fill the pot with cold water until it is one inch over the top of the potatoes. Set the pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add 1 tablespoon salt. Then set the timer and cook the potatoes for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir in the macaroni noodles and continue boiling for 6-8 minutes, until the pasta is al dente.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl mix the mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish including juices, apple cider vinegar, mustard, allspice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Stir until smooth. Then use a grater to shred the onions and carrot.
  • Drain the potatoes and macaroni in a colander and place in a large salad bowl. Add in the onion, carrots, peas, and scallions. Pour the dressing over the top and mix until well combined.
  • Cover the potato macaroni salad and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. If you have time to make it ahead, it tastes even better on day two! Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.


NOTES: This salad is sometimes made with unpeeled new potatoes for a slightly different texture. Follow the instruction as is, yet leave the potato skins on when you chop them.


Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 268kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 398mg, Potassium: 488mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1015IU, Vitamin C: 13.3mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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18 comments on “Hawaiian Style Potato Macaroni Salad”

  1. As a local to Hawaii born and raised I too agree with Hawaiian girl about the peas or relish… nor have I ate at a restaurant or even a drive in owned by locals that sells such a “Hawaiian potato salad” with those ingredients…

  2. I haven’t eaten potato macaroni salad in years.  Talked to my brother today and he said he was making it as a side for his Christmas dinner.  I got jealous, so that means I’m going to be making it very soon.

  3. I loved the mixed flavor of potato with macaroni. Even without having all the ingredients, the salad turned out to be terribly yummy and EASY! Thank you!

  4. Best pototo mac salad ever!!!! Love it, recommend it and will make again. 

  5. Loved it! Added a touch of sugar to lesson the vinegar bite for the kids. And added 6 chopped up hard boiled eggs! 

  6. I’m not sure why this is called Hawaiian Style.  The true Hawaiian style done by locals do not use peas in their salad nor do they use relish.

    • Hi Hawaiian girl.  I just read an article from the Hawai’i Magazine as well as cookbook Kau Kau: the culture and cuisine of Hawaii.  The add ones are indeed peas and pickle relish as suggestions!  

      I’m so excited to try this recipe! Thank you.  Will rate as soon as I do!  Going to make Hasselbach potatoes today

  7. This recipe has intrigued me. Can’t wait to make it this weekend, however I am concerned about the allspice.

    Why allspice and can you really taste it in the finished product ? This makes a lot and I would hate to have to throw it in the garbage.

    I am new to our website but it is very impressive. thank you, Bobbi

  8. Love the flavor in this potato macaroni salad! Yum!

  9. What a fun new take on potato salad! Can’t wait to give it a try!!

  10. Seriously a good one to share at barbecues!

  11. I’m so excited to try this! We have a Hawaiian resturant that we order take out from and I always ask for 2 scoops of this with my plate lunch because it’s so good. 

  12. Love this twist on a classic macaroni salad!

  13. This pasta salad is delicious! You can’t beat the combo of potatoes and pasta!

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  15. Sommer,
    As a Hawaiian raised on this combination salad, standard with every lunch wagon bento, to a higher level!
    Mahalo for your recipes – You inspire me to continue tweaking recipes I love along with those I put together for my own pleasure and feeding friends. Sure glad I found your site.

  16. Is there any way to do the Hawaiian Potato Macaroni Salad in the microwave or slow cooker? If so, would you please share?

    Thank you!