Hawaiian Macaroni Salad brings the flavors of Hawaii to a pasta salad! It’s easy to make and a hit with crowds too! It’s great for summer entertaining, like your Fourth of July party!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hebrew National. The opinions and text are all mine.
I love celebrating the Fourth of July! We always had such a great time when I was growing up! We’d usually go to the beach in Florida and see family, have an easy dinner then set off fireworks on the beach. It was a blast and the perfect vacation every summer. Last year we spent our first Fourth of July at the beach since moving to Oregon. It was so amazing to share a part of my childhood with my little monkeys. We just hung out all day on the sand and then around dinnertime we had a fire on the beach and roasted hot dogs and then had s’mores for dessert. It was the best way to wait for sunset and fireworks!
Let me tell you, the absolute best way to have a Hebrew National hot dog is cooked over a fire! I love having a picnic on the Fourth. I totally recommend making a couple of dishes that you can make ahead of time and travel easily! My favorite is a good macaroni salad. I saw this Pineapple Salsa over on I Heart Naptime and had to try it. I decided to make a Hawaiian Macaroni Salad to go along with it and it was fantastic! We ended up having it two days in a row and it was amazing!
Entertaining for the Fourth should be as easy as possible because you want to be spending time with your friends and family making memories and not stuck cooking for everyone! I love these because you could pack it all up so super simply and have a great time at the beach! Even if you can’t make it to the beach, you could pack this meal up and take it to the park with the big fireworks display. If you’re having a barbecue in your backyard it’s great because you can make it the day before and party prep is easy peazy!
I’m a huge proponent of easy food for parties! Hebrew National hot dogs are our favorite to serve up to friends. They taste amazing and everyone loves them. It’s so simple because they are made with premium cuts of Kosher beef. It doesn’t get much easier than grilling up a hot dog! It’s so fun to make a bunch of different new toppings and give your friends options! We’ve gone way beyond just ketchup and mustard on our dogs this summer. I made a Bahn Mi Slaw to top our hot dogs last month and it was amazing! If you want to find more topping ideas or other hot dog recipes totally check out Hebrew National on Facebook! Grab some Hebrew National hot dogs and call up your friends for a super fun BBQ to celebrate the Fourth!
- 1 lb. macaroni pasta
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup purple onion chopped
- 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- 20 oz. can sliced pineapple in juice, chopped
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice from above can
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 cup ham steak chopped
- 3/4 cup parsley chopped (optional)
- cook macaroni according to package directions
- drain macaroni and pour back into the pot
- sprinkle with apple cider vinegar, then add carrots, onion, and pepper and toss
- allow to cool for 1 hour
- in a large serving bowl mix together the mayo, pineapple juice, salt and pepper
- pour in the macaroni, ham, pineapple, and parsley if using
- toss until well coated and refrigerate until ready to serve.
kitchens city says
Love the combination of veggies and the dressing recipe you have for this macaroni salad! I’m pinning and making!!!!
What can I substitute pork with?
Aubrey Cota says
I would just leave it out instead of substituting.
when do you add red pepper?
Julie @Real Housemoms says
Hi Stacy! The red pepper goes in with the carrots and onion. We’ve updated the recipe card to reflect this. Thanks for catching that and letting us know!
What is ham steak?
Julie @Real Housemoms says
Hi Sam! Ham steak is a large, thick slice of ham. It’s usually found in the meat section of your grocery store by the sausages & brats or other pork products.