Hawaiian Style Tuna Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Style Tuna Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Style Tuna Macaroni Salad

Serves 15+
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 13 minutes
Total time 33 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party
Hawaiian Style Tuna Macaroni Salad is a hearty pasta salad that can be eaten as a snack or served as side dish.


  • 3 1/2 cups dry macaroni noodles
  • 1 - 12oz. can tuna
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 5 eggs (boiled)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots (about one medium carrot)
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon dry parsley
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • soy sauce (low sodium preferred)


  • 2 - 4 tablespoons finely chopped sweet onion (juice squeezed out - see notes)


  • My kids don't care for lots of mayonnaise, so if you find the salad too dry, add in a few tablespoons of milk to get the consistency that you like.
  • For non-onion lovers, split the salad into two bowls and add 2 T. of onions to only one bowl.
  • If everyone are onion lovers, add in 3-4 T. of finely chopped onions into the entire large bowl of pasta.
  • Adding less salt is best in the beginning, as the salt flavor will intensify as the salad cools and the ingredients mix together. You can always add more salt/pepper before serving.
  • The salad is best chilled.


Step 1
Prepare the pasta according to the package directions, making sure to salt the water. Drain and add to a large mixing bowl. Mix in the apple cider vinegar - use 1 T. for a subtle flavor and 2 T. if you like it tangy.
Step 2
At the same time as the pasta is boiling, boil 5 eggs. When the eggs are done, peel and coarsely chop. Set aside.
Step 3
While the pasta and eggs are cooking, prepare the other ingredients. Open and drain the tuna. Use a fork to shred the tuna meat. Set aside.
Step 4
Use a food processor or grater to shred the carrot and chop the celery. Set aside. Finely chop the onion. Add all of these ingredients to the pasta with the tuna and parsley. Mixture thoroughly.
Optional - To prevent a strong onion flavor, take a paper napkin and gently press some of the onion juice out. Set aside.
Step 5
For the mayonnaise mixture, mix together the milk and mayonnaise. Add this into the salad and mix together.
Step 6
Taste the mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate till ready to serve. Serve with soy sauce.