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The Best-Ever Hawaiian Potato Salad Recipe

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The Best-Ever Hawaiian Potato Salad

The Best-Ever Hawaiian Potato Salad

A Delicious Make-Ahead Recipe

Hawaiian Potato Salad is not the simplest potato salad recipe ever, but is certainly one of the most delicious ones! It contains more vegetables than the average potato salad and a slightly lighter-tasting and healthier dressing that still manages to be true to a mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip) based potato salad.

I love the fact that potato salad is a make-ahead recipe. When my guests arrive, the work is done. It is also perfect when you know you are going to be having a busy summer day. When you do get home all you have to do is take it out of the fridge -- add some leftover meat, cold cuts or baked ham and some great bread and you have a very satisfying meal.

I also take this dish with me when I am visiting family and friends and when we go camping. I just prepare it the day before, refrigerate it and transport it in a cooler with lots of ice. Everyone loves it. I am thrilled to have prepared a dish that is a hit with everyone and, because I made it the day before, I manage to look wonderfully organized at the same time!

This recipe will reward your efforts generously the day after you invest them. When you make it a day ahead, the flavours have a chance to fully develop and become the Best-Ever Hawaiian Potato Salad! Personally, I would not consider serving this salad on the day of -- although I will confess to stealing a small dish to make sure it has turned out okay. (Someone has to do it!)

Some call this type of salad a Hawaiian Potato Salad; others, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. I prefer the first because it really does contain more potatoes than pasta. It may have originated from a plate lunch in Hawaii on which is served a scoop or two of macaroni potato salad. The pasta originally came from Italy; the mayonnaise, from Europe; and the potatoes, from South America. Whatever the origin, I know you are not here for a history lesson but, instead for a great new recipe to try. I hope you love this one as much as we do!

The Best-Ever Hawaiian Potato Salad

The Best-Ever Hawaiian Potato Salad

The Best-Ever Hawaiian Potato Salad Recipe

This recipe originated with one I found online more than 12 years ago and I have been tweaking it ever since.


4 large potatoes, left whole

1 cup shell macaroni, uncooked

2 chopped carrots2 chopped celery stalks

3 chopped sweet pickles

1 cup frozen peas, uncooked

2 chopped green onions

salt and pepper to taste

2 chopped boiled eggs


1/4 cup low-fat yogurt

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3 tbsps light mayonnaise

2 tbsps pickle juice

1/2 cup Italian salad dressing

  • Prepare the ingredients as discussed above -- leave the potatoes whole but chop the carrots, celery, pickles, green onions and boiled eggs.
  • Boil the potatoes until they are tender but not too soft. Once they have cooled, cube them in bite-size pieces.
  • Cook the macaroni as instructed on the package. I often cook a little bit extra with another meal in order to avoid doing this as an extra step.
  • Add all of the ingredients except the dressing to a large bowl.
  • Combine the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and then add them to the rest of the ingredients. Because the amount of potatoes and because how you like your potato salad will vary, you may have to add extra dressing. Remember, too, that pasta soaks up dressing and adjust accordingly.
  • For the best results, let rest, refrigerated, for one day. My mother sprinkled paprika over her potato salad and I do that sometimes. Some people chop a bit of fresh parsley and sprinkle it over the salad as garnish.

Potato Nutrition

What's in it for us?

The average North American consumes 158 pounds of potatoes per year! One in three meals includes some type of potatoes. That's a good thing as potatoes are packed with nutrition including Vitamin C, fiber and potassium...if only we'd stick to eating them baked, boiled or mashed with healthy toppings!

Keep Your Potato Salad Cold with The Cold Ice Acrylic Bowl

Cold Ice Acrylic Bowl

Cold Ice Acrylic Bowl

The Cold Bowl on Ice will help keep your food chilled for an extended time. Just fill the base with ice and the cold travels upwards and into the bowl, chilling the food. It is an acrylic bowl that is break-resistant and dishwasher safe, making it perfect for summertime meals. Use the Cold Bowl on Ice when you are setting the potato salad out for people to serve themselves, like on the buffet or patio table.

Click here to keep your salad cold with this attractive serving bowl from Amazon.

A Few Potato Tips

  • For a potato salad that doesn't end up mushy, use waxy potatoes like Yukon Gold, which keep their shape better than starchy baking potatoes. Do not use Idaho potatoes or baking potatoes. Waxy potatoes cook faster, do not get mushy and do not fall apart as easily. You don't have to peel them, just scrub and cook!
  • Pieces that are cut the same size will cook in the same amount of time. Alternatively, you can leave the potatoes whole (as my recipe does) and cut them up after they are cooked.
  • Martha Stewart recommends the following recipe for taking your potato salad on the road in warm weather. It does not have any mayonnaise -- replacing the mayo with 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard.
  • Martha Stewart also says that potatoes can be steamed instead of boiled which is another way to keep them from getting mushy. Pieces should steam cook in about 15 to 20 minutes.

Myth Buster: Hawaiian Potato Salad does NOT contain pineapple, papaya or any other tropical fruit!

Creative Potato Salad Add-Ins - Just be careful not to add to many salty and acidic ingredients!

  • Sliced celery.
  • Diced red onion.
  • Sweet pickle relish.
  • Chopped sweet pickles.
  • Slivered green onion.
  • Capers.
  • Chives.
  • Hard cooked eggs.
  • Bacon!

More Interesting Hawaiian Potato Salad Recipes

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    This double-carb dish sounded strange to me when I first saw it on the menu of a plate lunch cafe in Hawaii, but it has grown on me, and now it is one of my favorites.
  • Hawaiian Surf Purple Potato Salad recipe
    Hawaiian Surf Purple Potato Salad recipe: This beautiful salad is perfect for a summer beach party, picnic, or barbaque. The unusual colors, flavors, and textures will have everyone talking.
  • Hawaiian Macaroni (And Potato) Salad - 170138 - Recipezaar
    Can't have a plate lunch in Hawaii without this salad. Potatoes make it very hardy and the peas, carrots and olives give it a nice color. Best Foods or Hellmans Mayo is the only kind we use.

Potato Salad: Fifty Favorite Recipes by Barbara Lauterbach

Fifty Favorite Potato Salad Recipes by Barbara Lauterbach

Fifty Favorite Potato Salad Recipes by Barbara Lauterbach

We think of potato salad with picnics and summertime but Barbara Lauterbach’s book, Potato Salad: Fifty Favorite Recipes, will give you some new ideas about this salad. It features many recipes from the New Year’s Day Good Luck Salad to the Rosemary Orange Potato salad to the Stop and Go Italian Potato Salad and the Nicoise Potato Salad. This book includes hot and cold potato salads, celebrity salads from Marcella Hazan and Deborah Madison, and many valuable potato tips including the best types of potatoes for salads and recipes for boiling and steaming potatoes.

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Do you love potato salad? How do you like yours? Did you like this page? Make sure to take a moment to say hello!

Kalpana Iyer from India on September 29, 2020:

I love anything that includes potatoes! This looks yum. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Edwin Alcantara from California on November 01, 2019:

I like this, potato and macaroni salad combined.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on August 02, 2014:

@favored: I love the addition of the vegetables!

Fay Favored from USA on June 30, 2014:

My mother made the best potato salad. Your recipe looks good. Adding the veggies would make it heartier. Have to try this. I use both mayo & mustard usually.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on June 25, 2013:

@bjfoxglove: New potatoes make the BEST potato salad!

AllenLim on May 30, 2013:

Wow! I gotta bookmark this and ask my mum to make one for me! Thanks for the recipes =)

bjfoxglove on May 25, 2013:

This is such a nice lens. Such a wonderful recipe, will surely give it a try when I get new potatoes from my garden. Thanks

Nnadi bonaventure Chima from Johanesburg on May 25, 2013:

Nice appetite wetting lens ,thanks for sharing

Delia on May 23, 2013:

My favorite is real German Potato salad...I've had a Potato salad called Hawaiian, but a bit different and actually had tiny bits of Pineapple and small pieces of Ham or Spam, it was made by a Hawaiian friend.

Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on May 23, 2013:

Yummy! I'd like to try this one too. My daughter loves potatoes. ^_^

anonymous on May 23, 2013:

Terrific recipe combined with a lot of great information equals an excellent lens.

mrdata on May 23, 2013:

Delicious recipe! Thanks!

kerrylea on May 23, 2013:

Sounds yum. You had me thinking what is a sweet pickle, and then I realised a gherkin.

Echo Phoenix on May 22, 2013:

Love the Hawaiian Potato Salad recipe, the combination of potato with the macaroni sounds great! I am always mixing salads up on my plate any way so I will have to try this for the next BBQ I am invited to... maybe this weekend:) sounds good for a Father's Day luau too.

poipounder on January 30, 2013:

Great lens! I love anything Hawaiian, especially potato salad and loco moco. thanks

MintySea on September 27, 2012:

sounds good

Michey LM on August 23, 2012:

I know this lens, and like it long time ago, but I come back to give Blessings.... as finally I tried it and it was delicious... It looked complicated but after I did it once, I found out that it is easier than initially thought about itThanks Brenda

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on August 20, 2012:

I do love potato salad. I make mine with bacon and hard boiled eggs, mayo and a little mustard. This recipe sounds like something I should make this weekend.

justDawn1 on August 01, 2012:

Can't wait to give it a try! :)

henrygdance on July 26, 2012:

nice lens

TheGourmetCoffe on July 16, 2012:

Love anything Hawaiian! Great potato salad, nice lens. Enjoyed your lens very much, also "liked" it!

anonymous on July 13, 2012:

Thank you for visiting m lens.

piedromolinero on July 12, 2012:

A great recipe for potato salad, I am sure I will love it. We will give it a try very soon. Thank you for sharing.

IMKZRNU2 from Pacific Northwest on July 10, 2012:

Yummy lens! I am going to have to try this one now!

lynnasafriend on July 06, 2012:

(smiles) had to disagree with the majority on the mayo, I love using the miracle whip on mine :)

norma-holt on June 06, 2012:

This is s asuperb lens and great recipe that is well worth trying. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on Holiday Cooking. Hugs

CameronPoe on June 05, 2012:

Awesome. More summer food to get me in the mood.

WriterJanis2 on June 03, 2012:

What a perfect recipe with summer starting.

Dickstucki1 on May 28, 2012:

Thanks for this! Great lens.

Sara Krentz from USA on May 27, 2012:

Great lens - I'll be trying this recipe in the near future!

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on May 26, 2012:

Sounds like a nice alternative to traditional Potato Salad. I will have to give it a try.

a2zmovies on May 26, 2012:

Hi yes I love potato salad and this is going to be made this weekend.

SteveKaye on May 25, 2012:

Potato salad is great! I like all kinds. And right now I wish I could reach into my computer and take a taste of the potato salad in the photo. Yum.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on May 25, 2012:

I do love potato salad and don't get enough of it. Your recipe is one that I will definitely try. Sounds totally delicious. Really liked the tip about using whole, waxy potatoes. Loved the products you featured, too. Very cool idea (that salad serving bowl with the ice reservoir below). Thanks!

MariaDSk on May 25, 2012:

Actually this seems a bit similar to Olivier Salad. But either way nice lens :) Yumsies.

katieross on May 25, 2012:

This sounds delicious, and we're right in time for summer!

anonymous on May 24, 2012:

Returning to congratulate you on front page honors for your best ever Hawaiian potato salad!

domjohnson lm on May 24, 2012:

I've always loved potato salad. Great lens :)

hughgrissettsr lm on May 23, 2012:

luv potato salad!

aquarian_insight on May 23, 2012:

Yesterday, Summer finally arrived here in London and just today I was thinking about whipping up a batch of potato salad. I will definitely be trying your recipe tomorrow! Thank you for this great lens!

myraggededge on May 23, 2012:

This looks like a perfect summer recipe to go with the bbq food. Delicious, wherever it came from. x

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on May 23, 2012:

This looks delicious - only problem I have is hubby is Miracle Whip and I am Mayo - I must try this for a summertime dish :>)

peggygallyot on May 23, 2012:

Hi , I love potatoes but haven't tried the potato salad . Thank you for sharing the recipe.

anonymous on May 23, 2012:

I don't use salad so much in my food, but this looks so delicious; I will have to try a vegetarian version of it.

jballs6 on May 23, 2012:

We love potato salad, but will be giving this one a try as it looks so yummy

bilafond lm on May 22, 2012:

Every one loves Potato Salad at my home. And guess who is the Potato Salad- yes ME who else.

TeakShowerBenches on May 22, 2012:

delicious salad, a good lens, thanks

anonymous on May 22, 2012:

I had no idea there was a hawaiian version. Can't wait to try it out.

anonymous on May 21, 2012:

I love potato salad with eggless mayo.

anonymous on May 21, 2012:

I love potato salad with eggless mayo.

Rosaquid on May 21, 2012:

I adore potato salad!

microfarmproject on May 21, 2012:

Thanks for the recipe!

anonymous on May 21, 2012:

its good stuff, certainly sounds like a great recipe!

gatornic15 on May 21, 2012:

I do love potato salad. I have never made my own though...I might just give this recipe a try. I am going to Pin it for later.

Willow Wood on May 21, 2012:

This sounds absolutely delicious (I love potato salad) and I've rushed out to buy the ingredients. We'll have a fun time making this tonight. Thank you! I can't wait to taste it.

dann7trdro lm on May 21, 2012:

nice work, but some of your images are missing

puppyprints on May 21, 2012:

love potato salad in the summer

jlshernandez on May 20, 2012:

I love all kinds of potato salads, but like the one with mustard.

Satdin on May 19, 2012:

Hawaiian Potato Salad? I never tested it. Can I make it myself? Will try today.

JoleneBelmain on May 17, 2012:

I love salads of all kinds, and this salad looks absolutely delicious... a big seller for me in any salad would be flavour, and as long as there is tons of that, I'm sold!!!~BLESSED~

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on April 29, 2012:

I love potato salad and your Hawaiian Potato Salad recipe sounds delicious!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on March 26, 2012:

@Kailua-KonaGirl: Canadian potato salad (at least in my experience) would have potatoes, onion, mayo, boiled egg, salt & pepper. People add additions according to what they like and are used to. My mother always put in frozen peas. They were nice, texture-wise but I have a son who would not touch anything with peas...or painfully pick them out so that is something we quickly gave up.

KonaGirl from New York on March 25, 2012:

@TreasuresBrenda: LOL. OMG! No never pineapple in potato salad. Maybe pineapple in coleslaw. I have discovered while living in NY that people love putting canned pineapple in what they call "cabbage salad". It's not one of my faves, but it's eatable. (I wish I could put a rolling laughing emoticon here). I have only been to Montreal on one end of Canada and Vancouver on the other end. Would love to see a "Canandian Style" potato salad lens!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on March 24, 2012:

No offense taken. Your typical version of potato salad sounds like the one we eat in eastern Canada. I didn't name this recipe, but found it many, many years ago online. I wonder if calling it Hawaiian might have been a way to say 'special.' Otherwise, I would have expected to see pineapple or something else uniquely Hawaiian in it.

KonaGirl from New York on March 22, 2012:

I was born and raised in Hawaii, and have spent most of my life there. I am a mix poi bowl of Hawaiian, Irish, Scot, Welsh and English descent. No offense to you Brenda, but the only people that I know in Hawaii that put sweet pickles, pickle relish, vinegar, bacon or sugar in a potato salad are people that have migrated from the mainland. Typically a local "Hawaiian style" potato salad does not contain any of those ingredients. Of course, a salad as in any form of cooking is all personal taste, but I would not call them a "Hawaiian Potato Salad". I would call it a "Midwest Style" or maybe a "California Style", but not a "Hawaiian Style" potato salad. Hawaiian style is really very simple. Potato (duh);; Best Food or Hellman's mayo (no substitution like Miracle Whip), finely mined onion or sliced green onion; finely grated or shredded carrot, Ajinomoto, sat & pepper and maybe hard boiled egg, but mostly not. Sometimes finely shredded napa cabbage is added, but that is it; nothing else to be considered "Local style".

LeCordonDude on February 13, 2012:

WOWSER! Hawaiian potato salad! You're the only other person I met that makes this delectable treat! I salute you and your recipe!!

anonymous on January 26, 2012:

I've never heard of Hawaiian Potato Salad before but now I have to try it!

jgelien on October 04, 2011:

I make mine with steamed Idaho potatoes, sometimes I use red potatoes. I add mayo, dijon mustard, pickle juice, celery, onion and include both sweet and dill pickles. I will have to try this Hawaiian recipe. It's very different.

APackageAtTheDoor on September 14, 2011:

Looks good, gotta try it!

Chazz from New York on August 15, 2011:

I've never had this but will definitely try it out soon. Blessed on the Squid Angels Epic Back To School Bus Trip Quest. Your lens will be featured on Wing-ing it on Squidoo, our lensography of some of the best Squidoo has to offer, as soon as the quest has been completed.

phoenix arizona f on July 15, 2011:

Looks great for a barbeque.

kimbesa from USA on July 01, 2011:

I have to try this...sounds very interesting and different version of any potato salad I've ever had. Thanks!

anonymous on June 05, 2011:

I love tater salad, this looks like a winner! 5*

deldobuss on May 02, 2011:

I love potato salad! I thought hmmm- hawaiian? Lol I imagined pineapples! Great lens!

anonymous on February 28, 2011:

I had never heard of Hawaiian Potato Salad and did expect to see tropical fruit in it, so you got me there. I like Martha's idea of the olive oil and mustard. I use both mayo and mustard, I guess because my Mom did and chopped pickles and pickle juice are a must.

kare2share on January 21, 2011:

Hawaiian potato salad is my favorite kind because that way I don't have to choose between macaroni, egg or potato salad -- I get them all in one! I also like the way you've lightened it up with yogurt. Thanks for sharing your recipe and tips!

hayleylou lm on January 18, 2011:

This sounds yummy, **Blessed** and featured on My Time as a Squid Angel :)

Adriana from New Market on January 14, 2011:

I love potato salad (well I love potatoes, period!). i have to try your Hawaiian salad: it sounds delicious! Blessed :)

ChrisDay LM on January 11, 2011:

This looks fabulous - definitely worth a revisit.

KokoTravel on January 09, 2011:

Certainly do love potato salad AND your lens... thanks.

bewebmarketing on December 11, 2010:

Nice lens. I love potato salad

V Random on November 02, 2010:

this sounds reallly good!

reasonablerobby on September 17, 2010:

I must give this a go. Sounds delicious. The potato salad we do here in the UK is ordinary compared to this.

tandemonimom lm on September 09, 2010:

Revisiting to lensroll and feature on How to Bake Fabulously Light and Fluffy Baked Potatoes!

VarietyWriter2 on September 08, 2010:

I never had it Hawaiian style. Sounds yummy!

K Bechand from NY on September 05, 2010:

cool - lens rolled to my hawaiian fruit platter lens

anonymous on August 30, 2010:

My hubby really loves Potato Salad, so I'm always on the look out for new recipes. Thanks for sharing!

anonymous on August 08, 2010:

I'm on my second batch in 6 weeks, as it's soooo good! I halved the recipe because I live alone, but it worked just fine. I replaced the green onions with chives from my garden without any problem. Many thanks!

anonymous on May 25, 2010:

Sounds and looks delicious!

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on May 25, 2010:

Hello there! I'd never heard of Hawaiian Potato Salad, but this recipe sounds delicious...I'm going to try it at our next get together.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on May 18, 2010:

ooh, this looks like a great recipe. lensrolled to my veg bbq lens

Seeking Pearls from Pueblo West on May 04, 2010:

This looks delicious and I can honestly say I haven't tried the hawaiian version. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

jolou on April 13, 2010:

Yes, I definitely love potato salad, and this one sounds delicious. Will have to try it sometime.

clouda9 lm on March 07, 2010:

Stopping back in to let you know this lens is an upcoming feature (03-09-2010) on my blog : and is on my new social networking site right now ;) I'd love it if you added your other recipe lenses, blog posts and food bookmarks too.

MarcBlackMedia LM on February 08, 2010:

Wow, looks sooooo tasty!! I will def try these as I LOVE potato salads.

Iudit Gherghiteanu from Ozun on February 06, 2010:

great lens, makes me to try this salad, and without counting the calories. Thank you.

Patricia on February 03, 2010:

Sounds delicious! Blessed by an angel!

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on December 30, 2009:

Hmm, macaroni and yogurt in potato salad. Something new to try. It sounds so good! Blessed by an angel.

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on December 30, 2009:

Hmm, macaroni and yogurt in potato salad. Something new to try. It sounds so good! Blessed by an angel.

anonymous on December 17, 2009:

Congratulations on your nomination for a Giant Squid Award for this more than excellent recipe lens. Good luck & SquidAngel Blessings for you!

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