Simply saying the word “summer” evokes some of the sweetest of memories, like this Hawaiian Macaroni Salad.
Grilling outdoors with a cold beverage or tasty cocktail in hand, fresh fruit in abundance sitting on the kitchen counter, berry picking until our hands are bright red or purple, sweet cobblers and homemade ice cream, walking barefoot (my favorite!) and feeling the earth beneath my feet and of course Macaroni Salad.
Summer just wouldn’t be summer without Hawaiian Macaroni Salad.
I’ve made Grandma Eilene’s Macaroni Salad for years and my Bennett Crew adores this side dish. However, recently I developed and photographed another very popular macaroni salad for one of my clients. It’s not surprising that this Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is a huge hit at my house. I sampled versions of Hawaiian Macaroni Salad when I visited Maui a few years ago and I totally fell in love with this version of the quentisential American side dish.
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is still macaroni salad but it’s loaded with all sorts of delicious ingredients.
It’s quite heavy on the mayonnaise as well, which doesn’t bother me one bit because I love mayonnaise. I love it so much I’m terrified we’ll run out so I keep two extra jars in the pantry at all times. I also make mayonnaise on occasion and my homemade version is so absolutely divine in this salad. Using your favorite mayonnaise is key because mayonnaise plays a big part in flavoring this salad.
I’ve recently discovered this mayonnaise from Thrive Market. My new favorite! My youngest gal is allergic to canola oil, for reasons I won’t get into here unless you want me to stand on my non-GMO and Monsanto is bad soapbox. 😉 So I’m always looking for a tasty alternative mayonnaise to keep in stock. On occasion I can find this at my local market but most of the time I purchase through Thrive Market. This online market is such a convenient option for all your healthy pantry items, not to mention many of the items are priced less at Thrive Market than at my own market.
No kickbacks or payment for this mention, I just wanted to pass on my fun and fabulous find! I still support local as much as possible. While were on the subject of supporting local… I love Barn2Door for my other local and regional ingredients. Clean, sustainable food right from the people who grew it!
Now that we’ve chatted mayonnaise and markets, I’ll get back to the rest of the salad ingredients. I include shredded carrots, cilantro, sliced green onions, sweet pickle relish, sometimes shredded or cubed cheddar cheese, hard boiled eggs and avocado slices for garnish. Loaded with flavor and texture, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is a deliciously festive side dish for all our summer barbecues.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy summer!
Loads of Love,