Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

From Cook's Country | June/July 2009

Why this recipe works:

Hawaiians cook the macaroni for their Hawaiian Macaroni Salad until it’s “fat," or very soft. Turns out they know what they’re doing. While overcooking the pasta seems like a bad idea, it actually enables the macaroni to absorb more dressing. The dressing for our Hawaiian Macaroni Salad had to… read more

Hawaiians cook the macaroni for their Hawaiian Macaroni Salad until it’s “fat," or very soft. Turns out they know what they’re doing. While overcooking the pasta seems like a bad idea, it actually enables the macaroni to absorb more dressing. The dressing for our Hawaiian Macaroni Salad had to be thin enough to soak into the pasta, so we used an equal amount of mayonnaise and milk, and a lot of each. To prevent the cider vinegar from curdling the milk, we poured the vinegar directly over the hot macaroni. After the vinegar soaked in, we poured on about half the dressing, gave the mixture a stir, and let it cool. We then stirred in the remaining dressing and added grated carrot, chopped celery (for crunch), scallions, a bit of brown sugar, and some vigorous shakes of salt and black pepper.

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Serves 8 to 10

Low-fat milk or mayonnaise will make the dressing too thin.

Ingredients

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