Ono Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

Welcome to House of Nash Eats, where we’re about to share with you our secret recipe for the most delicious Hawaiian macaroni salad you’ll ever try. Trust us, this recipe is a game-changer!

Ono Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe
Ono Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe

Cook the Perfect Pasta

To start, cook the macaroni pasta. Unlike traditional macaroni salad, for the Hawaiian version, we intentionally overcook the pasta by about five minutes. This gives it a soft and tender texture that pairs perfectly with the flavors of this dish. Make sure to follow the package instructions and add five extra minutes to the cooking time.

Prepare the Creamy Dressing

While the pasta is cooking, let’s prepare the dressing. Combine two cups of real mayonnaise, one cup of milk, a little bit of brown sugar, grated onion, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk everything together until well combined. This creamy dressing is what takes this macaroni salad to the next level.

Chop the Veggies

Once the dressing is ready, it’s time to prepare the vegetables that will add freshness and crunch to our salad. Grate some onion and set it aside. Then, chop up green onions, including both the white and green parts, and celery. For an extra pop of color and flavor, grate a carrot as well.

Infuse with Hawaiian Flavors

Now comes the secret step to achieving that authentic Hawaiian taste. When the pasta is still hot, add about a fourth of a cup of apple cider vinegar. Stir it in and cover the pot, allowing the pasta to absorb the vinegar for about 20 minutes. This step adds a subtle tanginess that sets this macaroni salad apart.

Combine and Chill

After the pasta has absorbed the vinegar, it’s time to incorporate the dressing and mix-ins. Start by adding half of the dressing to the pasta and giving it a good stir. Cover the pot and let it sit for another 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Finally, add the remaining dressing, along with the green onions, grated onion, celery, and grated carrot. Stir everything until well combined.

Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours to allow it to chill completely. This step is crucial for the flavors to develop and for the salad to reach peak deliciousness.

The Moment of Truth

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for—the taste test! Grab a fork and dig into this Hawaiian macaroni salad masterpiece. The pasta has absorbed all the incredible flavors, and the mix-ins provide a delightful textural element. You’ll taste the slight tanginess from the vinegar, the creaminess of the dressing, and the freshness of the vegetables. It’s simply heavenly.

Now that you have the secret recipe, it’s time to wow your friends and family with the best Hawaiian macaroni salad they’ve ever had. Whether you’re serving it alongside grilled chicken or enjoying it at your summer cookouts, this dish is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

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