This is a quick, easy and healthier recipe for Hawaiian macaroni salad. This salad is so creamy, tangy and sweet you won’t believe it’s actually good for you!


Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Who doesn’t like a creamy macaroni salad! Tangy, creamy and with a slight crunch from carrots and some times celery, they make a delicious side to fried chicken (KFC’s macaroni salad – I must confess I have a weakness for it) or anything that goes on an outdoor barbecue grill.  The only downside to creamy macaroni salads is that they are usually high in fat and bad for the waistline.

Why does fat have to taste so good!

I went online looking for a healthy Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe because I love the tangy and sweet combo of the dressing. But I couldn’t find anything I liked; most of the recipes contained lots of mayonnaise, whole milk and sugar.


This gave me the idea to create a healthier Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe that I can enjoy without feeling like my waistline is expanding after every bite.


I used a combination of half light mayonnaise, 2% Greek yogurt and 2% milk and the result was just as creamy as a full fat mayo and whole milk macaroni salad. Isn’t it great that you can have a bowl of Hawaiian macaroni salad that’s lower in fat but retains the same amount of creaminess and flavor?

Not only that but you get a boost of probiotics, calcium and vitamin B from the Greek yogurt. All good things to keep your body functioning well and protecting your tummy from viruses.

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This Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe serves six to eight people and can keep in the fridge for about a week.

Serve this tangy Hawaiian macaroni salad with grilled marinated shrimps, salmon croquettes with sriracha dill sauce or baby back ribs.




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Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

This is a healthier recipe for Hawaiian macaroni salad. This salad is so creamy, tangy and sweet you won’t believe it’s actually good for you!

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 people 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 pound dry elbow macaroni
  • 1 small carrot (shredded)
  • 5 stalks scallions (finely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup 2% greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper


  1. Cook elbow macaroni until al dente, according to directions on the package. Drain and rinse under cold water until the macaroni is room temperature. Drain well.
  2. Put all the ingredients for the Hawaiian macaroni salad in a bowl and stir until all the ingredients are mixed and macaroni is evenly coated.
  3. Season with more salt and pepper if needed. Serve cold.


Look for the word Gluten-Free for mayonnaise. Some brands like Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo, Heinz Light Mayonnaise, Vegenaise or Trader Joe’s Mayonnaise.

This Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe Is:
Low in cholesterol
High in selenium
High in vitamin A

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