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Vegan Hawaiian Mac Salad

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This easy vegan Hawaiian Mac Salad tastes just like the mac salad from Hawaii. This does not disappoint.

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Hawaiian mixed plates are seriously delicious.

Something about the creamy Hawaiian mac salad, with the sticky white rice and teriyaki vegan chicken all mixed together into a flavor burst in your mouth.

That sounds a bit extreme, but for real though, it’s that good.

When my husband and I went to Hawaii we were fairly new vegans and decided to go vegetarian for the trip (note I wouldn’t do this now).

In conclusion, we ate all the mac salad =).

Also on this trip my husband and I got into the best shape of our lives, he had a six-pack, and I well uh didn’t. But I still looked good!

Within a few days of the trip, my husbands six pack started to fade, probably due to copious amounts of mac salad. #worth it!

Onto the recipe for the best vegan Hawaiian Mac Salad...

I made this again a few weeks ago and our amazing neighbors came over for dinner.

He has deep roots in Hawaii and even stated that this tasted JUST like the mac salad he ate when he lived there.

It’s nice when you have that kind of backup on a recipe.

I like to use macaroni noodles for my Mac salad.

What ingredients do you need for mac salad?

  • dry macaroni noodles
  • apple cider vinegar
  • vegan mayo
  • plain vegan plant milk
  • white sugar
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • chopped celery
  • onion

How do you make vegan Hawaiian mac salad?

Start by cooking them according to the directions on the back of the box in a pan of salted water.

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While the noodles are cooking get your onion and celery chopped up, and optional carrots.

My husband doesn’t appreciate carrots so I left them out.

Now the key to this is right after your strain your noodles, put them in a bowl and pour 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and stir.

This will soak into the noodles, which is what you want.

It will smell a little intense and you might panic that you ruined it, or that’s just me. Vinegar does that to me.

When the noodles and vinegar are done doing their thing you can start mixing the rest of the ingredients.

I start with a glass pyrex measuring cup and mix all the ingredients in there and then pour it over my noodles and stir.

This tastes best after a few hours or even a day later.

That seems to be the case with most pasta salads.

We LOVE this Hawaiian vegan mac salad. Have you ever had Hawaiian Mac Salad? Let me know in the comments!

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Want some other vegan pasta salad recipes?

Vegan Hawaiian Mac Salad

Vegan Hawaiian Mac Salad

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Prep : 10 minutes
Cook : 10 minutes
Total : 20 minutes
Servings: 5 -6 side dish


  • 2 cups dry macaroni noodles
  • 2 TB apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 cup plain vegan plant milk
  • 1/2 TB white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 TB onion finely chopped


  • Cook your noodles in salted water, strain them and then add to a large bowl still warm. Pour your 2 TBs of apple cider vinegar and stir; let that marinate for a few minutes.
  • Now add the remaining ingredients to the noodles and stir. At first, it will look like the plant milk won't absorb, but it will. This is best if it has a few hours, if not overnight, for the flavors to all come together. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 360mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords: hawaiian recipes, vegan hawaiian mac salad
Author: Courtneys Homestead
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9 Amazing Vegan Hawaiian Recipes - Vegan Purist

Tuesday 24th of January 2023

[…] 3. Hawaiian Mac Salad […]

Kelly C

Saturday 24th of September 2022

This is now a summer pot luck staple. A Must try. Th am you for sharing this 😍


Friday 12th of August 2022

SO amazing. I made this for a Hawaiian themed party and it was better than I could’ve hoped for. My friends devoured it and they didn’t even know it was vegan, which is always fun for me :) this is a new go to recipe for me to bring to parties and barbecues!


Thursday 28th of October 2021

This is the best macaroni salad I’ve ever eaten! I too thought it would be bland but was very surprised how much flavour it has. The entire family (vegans and non-vegans) loved it for our beach themed party.

I’ve made it 3x since. It’s a go to now.

Thanks for sharing 😍

Courtneys Homestead

Thursday 28th of October 2021

That’s so great to here! Thanks so much for trying it Kelly! I really appreciate you taking the time to come back and comment. I know, it totally does sound like it would be bland. But it’s so good. Thanks again Kelly!

Alissa Hilger

Monday 21st of June 2021

Hello! What milk did you use??

Courtneys Homestead

Monday 21st of June 2021

Hey there! I used soy or almond. Really any unsweetened plain vegan milk will work. ❤️