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Hawaiian Potato Salad

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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. Not to mention the Huli Huli Chicken and delicious Hawaiian Potato Salad to keep your tummy from grumbling. 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!

Traditional Hawaiian Potato Salad in a square serving bowl surrounded by tropical flowers.

The only part that I don’t like, is the pickles…so those are going to get left out of my version. 😉

You can't have a bento lunch without without this delicious Hawaiian Potato Salad on the side | cookingwithcurls.com

How to make authentic Hawaiian potato salad:

In a small bowl, mix together dressing ingredients, set aside.

Place the cooked potatoes, macaroni, diced eggs, carrots, peas, green onions, in a large bowl. Add the the dressing and gently stir to combine…..

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Cover and refrigerate until ready to use…..

Hawaiian Potato Salad | cookingwithcurls.com

Recipe Notes:

I cook my eggs with my diced potatoes to save a step, and a pan…

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and the easiest way to dice hard boiled eggs, is with an egg slicer…..

Hardboiled Egg Collage WM

Voila!!! This Hawaiian 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!

more delicious Hawaiian recipes:

Instant Pot Kalua Pork bento lunch with sticky rice, Hawaiian potato salad and poke | cookingwithcurls.com

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Hawaiian Potato Salad

You can’t have a luau or bento lunch without a scoop of this traditional Hawaiian Potato Salad on the side!
4.20 from 50 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: authentic, recipe, traditional, hawaiian, potato, macaroni, side dish, peas, carrots
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson



  • 1 ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle juice
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard


  • 1 ½ pounds potatoes peeled, cooked, chopped
  • 1 cup shell macaroni cooked, drained
  • ½ 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


  • In a small bowl, mix together dressing ingredients, set aside.
  • Place the cooked potatoes, macaroni, diced eggs, carrots, peas, green onions, in a large bowl.
  • Add the the dressing and gently stir to combine.


  • I cook my eggs with my diced potatoes to save a step, and a pan.
  • The easiest way to dice hard boiled eggs, is with an egg slicer.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1140IU | Vitamin C: 12.2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2.4mg

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  1. 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. Hi Lisa, I’m fond fo potatoe aalads, and yours looks so delicious and tasty – Yum! I’m visiting from Julies Marvellous Mondays, Nina

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. You got that right we love our salads in Hawaii;) its been raining and cold but I guess I can’t complain huh. Lol

  7. I totally hear you 🙂 Which island is your favorite? We usually end up visiting Kauai up on the North side of the island. It is more laid back there….more organic foods, etc. The foodie pix you took there definitely are making me miss Hawaii as well.

    1. 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? 😉

  8. 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!!

  9. Lisa, I just love this unique take on Potato Salad! I’ve never tried it with pasta and peas and I’m intrigued. 🙂 Thanks for sharing – pinning and sharing today! Have a happy Thursday!

  10. Ah Hawaii 🙂 I don’t blame you for wanting to go back there. (That is where John and I honeymooned) Yes the macaroni is unexpected in potato salad, but for me… I just love peas. Thanks! I’m going to try this for our picnic this weekend. Pinned.

  11. Hello cute lady! I’m just stopping by to let you know that your yummy salad will be featured at our party, Monday at 7 pm. Thanks for sharing this with us. We hope to see you there! Lou Lou Girls

  12. 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!

  13. I am now craving potato salad, and I think it needs to be Hawaiian potato salad. Too bad I am out of potatoes Thanks for partying with us on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays.

  14. Is there a version of this potato salad that uses pineapple? I remember my stepmom making something similar to this while growing up but it had pineapple in it.

  15. 5 stars
    Just made this for my daughter’s luau-themed birthday. I received lots of compliments! I tripled the recipe and it filled a deep 9×13 catering pan. I used russet potatoes and diced them small. I ended up using about half the dressing recommended. Thanks for sharing!

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