Food Truck Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

This Classic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad recipe has a delicious creamy dressing that’s tangy, sweet, and totally addicting!

It tastes just like it came from a Hawaiian Food Truck. Plus it costs just about $5.39 to make!

Ingredients and Estimated Cost

– half-and-half  – $0.88 – mayonnaise  – $1.60 – yellow onion – $0.06 – elbow macaroni – $1.38 – apple cider vinegar – $0.16 – green onions – $0.50

Per Serving Cost: $0.45

Recipe Cost: $5.39

NOTE: I calculate the recipe prices by using name-brand grocery prices on grocery store websites.

Step-by-step instructions!

Follow our easy instructions for success!

In a medium bowl whisk together the half-and-half, mayonnaise, grated onion, dark brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 teaspoons of pepper until smooth. Refrigerate until needed.


Cook the macaroni as per the package instructions, except add 5 minutes to the cooking time. Drain the macaroni then add apple cider vinegar.


Add half of the dressing and stir to combine. Then, cover the lid and cool for another 20 minutes.


Add in the remaining dressing, green onions, celery, and carrots to the pot and stir to combine, and season with salt and pepper if needed.


Cool completely to room temperature, about 30 more minutes. Transfer the macaroni salad to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill before serving.


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