Hawaiian Potato Salad & memories

The horrible weather we have been having this year, has me dreaming about moving back to Hawaii!  The trade winds to cool you.  The sweetest pineapples to tantalize your taste buds.  And of course the gorgeous views…..


I can just imagine sitting on the beach writing this post on my imaginary laptop while sipping a Mai Tai 🙂  When I dream, I dream big!

Just about every meal in Hawaii, is served with Hawaiian potato salad.  Everyone has their own version, but one thing always remains the same.  They always contain potatoes AND macaroni…..and peas!

Hawaiian Potato Salad | cookingwithcurls.com

I made this version of potato salad to go with my Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches……

Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches | cookingwithcurls.com

It also went really well with the Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Chicken…..

Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Chicken | cookingwithcurls.com

I am also going to share a tip with you for dicing hard boiled eggs, I let my egg slicer to do all of the work for me…..

Hardboiled Egg Collage WM

Voila!!!  This potato salad is so easy and a nice way to change things up.  I guarantee that no one is going to be expecting macaroni in their potato salad!

Traditional Hawaiian Potato Salad | cookingwithcurls.com


This recipe will be partying at these link parties!

Hawaiian Potato Salad

Serves 12
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Side Dish
Hawaiian potato salad is not your ordinary potato salad, it also has macaroni.


  • Dressing
  • 1 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  • Salad
  • 1 1/2 Pounds potatoes (peeled, cooked, chopped)
  • 1 cup shell macaroni, dry (cooked, drained)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 green onions (finely chopped)
  • 3 Large hard-boiled eggs (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 cup frozen peas (defrosted)
  • sea salt & fresh ground pepper (to taste)
  • 3 sweet pickles (coarsely chopped, optional)


Potato Salad Dressing Mixed
In a small bowl, mix together dressing ingredients, set aside.
Potato Salad Potatoes
In a large bowl, place chopped potatoes.
Potato Salad Macaroni
Add the cooked macaroni.
Potato Salad Eggs
Add the diced eggs.
Potato Salad Carrots
Add the shredded carrots.
Potato Salad Peas
Add the peas.
Potato Salad Green Onions
Add the green onions.
Potato Salad Mixed
Add the dressing and stir to combine.
Hawaiian Potato Salad
Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. says

    I love my egg slicer too. I’m sorry to hear your weather has been ordinary. I do hope your summer arrives soon. I love the look of this Hawaiian Salad and makes me want to book a holiday! xx

  2. says

    Hi Lisa,
    I saw your dish in a party link and I cant help it.I am craving and I will surely make it for our Saturday get together.Would you be interested to know about Filipino Fusion Cuisine..then come visit me.I will be happy to see you there. Thanks.

  3. says

    This potato salad looks awesome!
    I also wanted to let you know that this recipe has been Pinned and featured on Krafty Cards etc. Recipe Round Up #2.

    Have a great day!

  4. Susanna says

    This looks good! One question… does this call for sweet or dill pickle juice? Probably a dumb question… I see it has optional sweet pickles, but also mustard, so I am just checking! Thanks!

    • says

      I lived in Kapa’a on Kauai, but my favorite is the Big Island. I fell in love with Kona! I never did make it to Maui, so I still need to go back. 🙂 North Shore is definitely more laid back!! Did you know that there is a nude beach across the street from the horse stables in Princeville? 😉

  5. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I have to say, honestly, I have never had pasta in my potato salad! 😀 However, I do love ’em both, so why not?! I definitely need to try this over the Summer!!

  6. says

    COOL, I’m always looking for ways to change up a traditional potato salad recipe. Pinned to try over the summer, thanks for sharing at Link Party Palooza!


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