Kim's Macaroni Salad
This is a simple but tasty macaroni salad made with zesty white pepper, jalapeno, and green onions.
This is a simple but tasty macaroni salad made with zesty white pepper, jalapeno, and green onions.
Wow! Let me start off by saying that I didn't have all the ingredients called for so I had to do some substitutions. Instead of Cider Vinegar I used 1/2 Red Wine Vinegar & 1/2 Balsamic Vinegar. I also didn't have Jalapenos, plus I had to feed this to my kids so I used Yellow Peppers instead, which are much more mild. I also didn't add all of the mayo cause I ran out, but it was only like 3 tablespoons short, which turned out perfect. Once I was done putting it together, I decided to add a little handful of cilantro since it seemed like a good match. [Great choice by the way!] This Mac Salad was OUTSTANDING. I really, really liked it & I am NOT typically a Mac Salad fan. I will definately make this again. Infact, I can't wait to make it for my family who loves spicy stuff. Thanks for the recipe!!Read More
I tried this because it sounded different from traditional macaroni salad. I was afraid it would be the jalapeno that was the turn off but the vinegar was so horrid in this that we all had only 1 bite. Sorry for the bad review, but we wouldn't have even given 1 star. The mayo ratio to the pasta was right on and the times and cooking directions were too.Read More
Wow! Let me start off by saying that I didn't have all the ingredients called for so I had to do some substitutions. Instead of Cider Vinegar I used 1/2 Red Wine Vinegar & 1/2 Balsamic Vinegar. I also didn't have Jalapenos, plus I had to feed this to my kids so I used Yellow Peppers instead, which are much more mild. I also didn't add all of the mayo cause I ran out, but it was only like 3 tablespoons short, which turned out perfect. Once I was done putting it together, I decided to add a little handful of cilantro since it seemed like a good match. [Great choice by the way!] This Mac Salad was OUTSTANDING. I really, really liked it & I am NOT typically a Mac Salad fan. I will definately make this again. Infact, I can't wait to make it for my family who loves spicy stuff. Thanks for the recipe!!
We loved it - this can be spicy. If you are having company I would suggest making another macaroni salad along side this one for those who don't like spicy and kids. I ended up trying Mom's Macaroni Salad (on this site) and it was a perfect compliment to this one. No mayo and on the sweet side. Both are keepers!!!
I really liked this recipe because it doesn't have alot of mayo, which I don't like. I doubled the recipe using 1 16oz bag of shell pasta. I added chopped red bell pepper and chopped olives for color. I thought using 4 jalepeno's would be too much, but I chopped them finely and it was perfect, I love the faint spicyness. I will definetly make it again. Thanks Hawaiian Momma!
It has been years since I have made macaroni salad and I usually make the recipe off the Hellman's jar. This was good. I was a little concerned with the amount of vinegar in the sauce because it had an overpowering smell, but it gelled in the end and was fine. I only used 1/2 of a jalopeno because mine were HUGE, but I wish I had used the whole thing because for some reason when they are chopped up fine they are not that spicey. I think you have to make this several hours ahead so the flavors have time to mix and the sauce firms up. I will make this again. Thanks for sharing.
We loved this!! Even made it with potatoes. And the surprise of the jalapenos, you never know just how hot it's going to be. And definitely double the recipe. The leftovers are just as good.
So very tasty. I added a tablespoon of sweet pickle relish. Either way it's a wonderful dish.
i absolutely loved this recipe, and so does everyone who tries it! the spiciness is a surprising change that sets this recipe apart and makes it memorable. i changed a few things: i used regular onions instead of green, chopped up a red bell pepper for color, added fresh cilantro, and used fresh ground black pepper instead of white pepper. also, if you want to make this even spicier, DON'T take out the membranes and seeds- that's where all the heat is! anyway, thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!
EXCELLENT mac salad. The spiciness of the jalapeno really gives it a fresh twist. Used about 1/3 jar of sliced peppers (minced them) and it came out with just the right heat. We could eat this all the time.
Have made this recipe 3 times now and everytime with rave reviews. The only thing I do is one jalapeno not two because hubby can't handle it. I would never add any other veggies to this recipe its not that kind of recipe. Its a hawaiian mac salad. Not a veggie salad, not a mac salad with mustard like my mother use to make (yuck) 5 stars for the hawaiian mac salad that reminds me of the islands and the plate lunch/loco mocos :)
Great basic recipe. To make it healthier, I used fat free mayo, cut back to 1/2 cup, and 1/4 cup of fat free plain yogurt.
Very simple and very good! Followed recipe exactly.
Great recipe -- has just enough "bite" with the cider vinegar to remind me of the macaroni salad I grew up with in Chicago. I only used one small jalapeno, tossed in a very generous tablespoon of pimento and one rib of celery. I will make this again.
Ok, just so no one messes up on this; use CIDER vinegar!! DO NOT SUBSITUTE ANY other type of vinegar, or you will regret it. I used balsamic, and it RUINED it!
Good idea! I used a little less mayo. I used 1 small fresh chili peppers instead of jalapenos (thats what was in my fridge) I also added: Celery, Yellow pepper, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro. This made for a very fresh tasting macaroni salad! Thanks for original recipe
Oh my gosh, I'm eating a plate of this now and it is DELICIOUS. This is going to become a regular i my house.
I tried this because it sounded different from traditional macaroni salad. I was afraid it would be the jalapeno that was the turn off but the vinegar was so horrid in this that we all had only 1 bite. Sorry for the bad review, but we wouldn't have even given 1 star. The mayo ratio to the pasta was right on and the times and cooking directions were too.
This is a great way to establish your own macaroni salad by following the basics of this very easy recipe. I would have liked to try the jalapenos, but didn't have any. I did however, have the traditional jarred pimentos. Nice picnic side dish.
Also added 1/4c of celery. Used apple cider vinegar instead. Husband was amazed how good it turned out. For those of you who don't like the heat, keep out the jalapeno seeds!
My family loves this macaroni salad. The peppers give it a nice kick. Sometimes I'll add tuna or shrimp to it, just for a little different taste, but it's good on it's own. I do, however, use less salt than the recipe calls for. Plan on making it tonight. Yum. Yum.
I loved it! I like spicy food. I had a jar of sliced jalepenos'. I tried to figure 2 of them and figured how hot can it be...so I added 1 more....It was spicy but AWESOME! Nice kick to it! Will definitely make again but this time I will follow the recipe. LOL
I made this for a bbq we had at the health centre I work at and it was a huge hit. It was easy to make! I made a triple recipe and I am glad I did. I did add sliced black olives and an additional three red hot peppers for color. I will definitely make this again!!
I make this salad only using the listed ingredients. It is perfect just the way it is. Adding a little of this and a little of that changes the recipe. Keep it simple.
Thanks Kim for sharing this recipe! This was great, tasted wonderful and easy to prepare! I'm living overseas and couldn't find jalapeno peppers so I used mild red pepper instead and it came out perfect!
Simple and delicious! My husband and I are playing with a few variations now, i.e. adding celery, bow tie pasta instead of macaroni. Just a great simple recipe, thanks!
I love this recipe! I've used this as a 'base' to my macaroni salad, sometimes subtracting the peppers, adding pepperoni, cheese, and/or celery.. whatever's in my fridge at the time. But it always turns out great!
Nice flavor with just the right bite-- which you can control by making the sauce first. Was a tad dry as a leftover so if you're making a day in advance you'll want to keep this in mind. We really enjoy this with sloppy Joe's. Thanks, Kim!
really good. we let it sit and let the flavors soak for 3 days before eating. so good. we LOVE spicy, so we sprinkled just a little minced habenero on top.
Loved it.......Had no elbow so I used Rotini!!
We alter this recipe a bit, but still enjoy it very much. We don't use the jalepenos or white pepper and cut the apple cider vinegar by half. What I add to this recipe is reg pepper fresh garlic, olives, and dill relish. I also vary the mayo based on how it tastes and consistensy.
We love this recipe and use it all of the time. We prefer it without the jalapenos and add a grated carrot instead, which is more like the plate lunch mac salad we get in Hawaii.
this was good. I thought the jalapeno would be dominant heat so I added only one jalapeno and an anaheim chili. I also added some eggs. (I had leftover deviled eggs in the fridge so i chopped and threw it in) It was real good. The jalapeno is barely noticable. I wish I had of followed the directions. Even my son commented about the great taste of the new additon (jalapenos) to my mac salad recipe. I cant wait to try it tomorrow once all the flavors marry together.
It was alright, but it had too much of a mayo-like flavor. We tried it a day later and it tasted better but then the macaroni soaked all the sauce. I would not make this again.
My new favorite. I used pickled jalapenos..but I can't wait to try them with fresh. I also used a purple onion (its what I had) but this is delish!
Two Thumbs Up!
I have used this recipe a lot. I use my food processor to finely chop the jalepenos and red onion (instead of green onions). I use rice vinegar and add a couple boiled eggs chopped up. I use a couple more jalapenos and 2 Serranos. My family loves it
Fantastic macaroni salad. I made this for a potluck but wasn't sure how spicy this would be and I was making it for people I didn't know so I decided to skip on the jalapenos. As some suggested, I substituted with a 1/2 cup of finely shredded carrots and a small jar of diced pimentos. I also threw in about 1/2 cup of diced ham. It was a big success and had to promise the family I would make it again.
My boyfriend requests this every other week. It is his alltime favorite pasta salad. It is a nice change from the typical macaroni salad.
Doubled the recipe and added 3 chopped hard-boiled eggs, 1/2 a minced onion (in place of green onions), a splash of spicy mustard, and 1 green bell pepper. Delish!
This dish is very subtle. Nobody comments how good it is until about the second serving, haha. Thank you Kim for sharing this, it brings back very good memories of Hawaii.
This was fantastic! I was purposly looking for a pasta salad recipe that was out of the ordinary and this did the trick. This is slightly spicy, which I love, and so simple to make. I did use pickled jalapenos and threw in some pickled hot cauliflower and added red pepper for color. But the sauce portion, I didn't change a thing and it was wonderful! Will make a staple at my house from now on.
This is my 5 year old daughter's favorite macaroni salad. I like to serve it with the crockpot Kalua Pig recipe from this site.
Really good. Reminds me of those Island plate lunches.
This was great. However, I added regular onions, red and green bell peppers for color. Also, it came out super spicy but I forgot that our home grown jalepenos are on the hot-hot side. But I'll be sure to use this recipe again.
Pretty good ~ A nice change from the usual macaroni salad. I would add more jalapeno next time as I like things spicy! Thanks!
This recipe was SUPER EASY and it tasted amazing! Everyone that tries it loves it! I made one change though....I added a generous amount of celery seed to the salad. Trust me on this recipe! A real crowd pleaser!
Y-U-M-M-O!! I THOUGHT THIS WAS A REALLY GOOD RECIPE! I ALSO DOUBLED THE BATHC, ADDED RED BELL PEPPERS, USED BLACK PEPPER AND ADDED A FULL PINCH OF CAYENNE! VERY GOOD... THANKS FOR SHARING!
DH really liked this mac salad. Instead of a green onion I used a red one. I added a tad more sugar and a carrot. Will make again
Was looking for a simple side dish and this was the best. Made it exactly as is and loved it. Nice kick from the peppers and will make it many more times.
Thanks Hawaiian_Momma! This recipe is so simple and delicious. I used whole grain pasta, and added 4 sliced hard boiled eggs. It just seemed right :)
This was soo..good.added green bell peppers and only had canned sliced jalapenos and was the party favorite .Got calls for the recipe.lol thanks!!!
I made this cut in half to start... but GREAT! only thing I don't agree with is adding sugar. I am not a fan of a SWEET macaroni salad (adding sweet relish would be good enough in place of sugar). so I skipped the sugar. everything else came out wonderful! only other changes I made- I added the sauce ingredients to taste (the mayo seemed off, like it was not measured right...). I also added a pinch more pepper, and a pinch of paprika. what I LOVE in a good macaroni salad is diced cheddar cheese... so I diced up about 1/2 - 3/4 cup cheddar and threw that in- YUM! also, no jalapenos for this one. just doesn't fit. I diced up 1/2 a green bell and that worked well, along with some shredded carrot. also used black pepper instead of white. but the pepper is still needed. great recipe, but just needs a little TLC to fit personal preferences/tastes.
I don't eat macaroni salad but made it for a picnic with family who like spicy dishes. Everybody loved it. I had the foresight to put the recipe in my pocket and can't remember how many copies were made that day. Thank you
I liked this twist on a traditional macaroni salad. I didn't have the fresh ingredients on hand so I removed the seeds from some jarred jalepenos and used 1 tsp of onion powder (McCormick has one that is white and green onion powder with parsley). I will use less jalepeno next time though!
I have to say I like the spice of the macaroni salad, but I find the cider vinegar taste to be too strong when prepared as specified. I don't believe I will make it again as written, but may combine some of it with another recipe
Loved it! I would use just a little bit less mayo less time, loved the jalapeños in it, subtle kick to it!
I didn't have any cider vinegar so I used red wine vinegar and this was delicious!
Good recipie, very simular to my own! I just add 1 TBLS of spicy mustard...just a little bite. But this recipe is good. I've printed it out and given it to a friend of mine who uses mustard in nothing
GREAT RECIPE. The only changes I made were to use dumpling egg noodles, 1 cup of frozen peas and 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped fine. This recipe will easily fit into my favorites list. Thanks, iota
This was really good and gets 5 stars because it was also very simple. It was pretty good (maybe 4 stars) on the first day, but even better on day 2. My family loves spicy food, even my young kids, so this was pretty tame. I made this recipe as is, it wasn't too wet or too dry. It had plenty of flavor. So easy that this will be a "go to" recipe in our house. I also love that these are ingredients I usually have on hand.
I don't rate recipes that I change the ingredients to because that would be rating my own spin on the recipe, so I made this recipe as stated and it turned out delicious! I was afraid that it wouild be too salty because I tasted the dressing right after I made it, but the key is to let it sit for at least 30 minutes. This recipe looks beautiful and tastes great, just like we have here on the Hawaiian islands with a little kick. I am so looking forward to making this again. Yes, you can add/substitute your own ingredients, but this recipe is great as is also!!
My family and I didn't care for this recipe.
My husband asked for a similar salad and this was as close as I could find. Due to his diet I used ww pasta and dukes light mayo and subbed honey for the sugar. he loved it. Thank you!
I did not have cider vinegar and my husband doesn't like it anyway... I used balsamic vinegar and it was great! Had a different flavor than the normal mac salad. I used red onions instead of green and used 1 T. of sweet pickle relish. Also used Tony's instead of reg salt. Good!
This macaroni salad is fantastic - I make it all the time. I would not change anything!
Was good- I could have used a bit more spice. Maybe the jalepeno peppers were not spicy enough.
Delicious!!! Only thing I did differently is I never drained my pasta and added it when it was hot, that way it absorbs the flavor better.
I made this recipe yesterday for a party and everybody LOVED it. I did, however, only use 1 tablespoon of chopped jalapenos.
Okay love this clean recipe. Would definitley maKE THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.
I made it exactly as written, and it was fabulous. Great flavor, even better the next day! Try with the Kahlua pork recipe on Allrecipes for a super delicious combination!
Truly delicious! The white pepper and the cider vinegar (as opposed to regular pepper and vinegar) really MAKE it. I didn't have any green onions, so those were omitted. Next time I'll chop up some red pepper and zucchini to throw in it!
This is fantastic! I did not have elbow macaroni so I used fusilli. Nor did I have peppers so I used a half-cup of pickled hot banana peppers. I did not add the vinegar as the peppers had a bit of their own juice. It was a hit!
Nice little recipe! You could easily add veggies to this, or experiment with herbs and spices, but I loved it just as it was written. So easy and versatile!
This is my family's favorite macaroni salad - we love our food with a kick and this recipe is great! I use the jarred Old El Paso jalapeño peppers instead of fresh. Sometimes I add a little celery too. Thanks for sharing!
This is a great simple macaroni salad. If your looking for a lot of flavor probably not what your looking for. However, if your looking for something that everyone will enjoy.
Made as directed except for the addition of a little shredded cheddar. Could probably use a little garlic. We enjoyed it.
This is my FAVORITE macaroni salad! A co-worker brought it for pot luck and I have been making it since! My family and friends LOVE it! It is wonderful!
Spicey! I think I used a serrano pepper by mistake and the store didn't have white pepper anywhere so I used a fresh ground black pepper mix. I would reccomend reducing the mayo slightly, I thought it was a little heavy.
I've made this several times, exactly by the recipe, and it's fantastic! Thank you for the recipe!
I've made this recipe a few times now. The first time I cut the vinegar in half because I'm not a big fan. I had to add extra seasoning because it seemed bland. The next time I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfect. Sometimes I'll add a little garlic power because we love garlic and if you want a complete meal just add some tuna or chicken.
omg. Kim will you marry me? I had to put the spoon down slowly and walk away before I ate it all. admittedly I do really like my mac salad to be a bit "vinegary" so to me this was perfect! I used a full cup of mayo though, because well, i'm also a mayo girl. I had to leave the jalapeno out because of my kids, but I used extra green onion and celery and its still amazing. If I was going to bring this to a party or bbq I might add red and yellow peppers just to give it some color. but this was great thank you kim!
My hubster really liked this recipe... I was looking for something simple to add to a lunch of hamburgers and this worked. I personally prefer sweeter salads... but this was tasty!
Amazing!! This is my first review! I cut half vinegar like everybody said.. and I added some hard boiled eggs!! Ridiculously good. I made it for a BBQ and everybody loved it, I kept going back for more, I think I gained weight from eating 8 servings.
Great flavor, substituted green, yellow and red peppers for jalapeños, added small diced sharp cheddar cheese. Excellent!
I stumbled across this recipe on accident really because I just so happened to have all the ingredients and was looking for a macaroni salad to make for dinner. It tastes (and looks) like your traditional macaroni salad, but what makes it interesting is the spicy aftertaste. If you're not a fan of heat, this probably isn't the salad for you or you may need to cut down on the amount of jalapeno. I like spicy food, and I thought it was spicy.
Excellent mac salad! I doubled the recipe for a pot luck and only made 1 change. I swapped 1/2 diced red and orange bell pepper for the jalapeno. Made it on a Friday night for a Sat party and it was the perfect amount of time to let the flavors meld! will definitely add to my regular rotation!
Yum, yum, yum! I stuck mostly to the recipe, but used 2/3 mayo, 1/3 Greek yogurt, and included a finely diced red bell pepper as well as a bit of finely diced celery. Also, I don't keep white pepper around, so just used black. I meant to include chopped olives, but didn't have any. Next time!
Love it! My first time making mac salad and was delicious. The only thing I did differently was adding about 8 cherry tomatoes cut in half because I thought it Otherwise the recipe was exact. So so so good. Can't wait to make it again
Made this for a family party and everyone loved it. The jalapenos don't make it that spicy if you remove the seeds.
Very good, and very easy. This is a great recipe on it's own, or it can also serve as a wonderful base recipe, easily customizable. I made this dish for a tailgate party and it was the most popular side dish by far.
Recipe is a good base and had good flavor, but lacked "eye appeal". next time i will add more veggies.
This turned out great! I changed it up a little because i didn't have all the proper stuff. So i used 1/4 cup mayo 1/4 cup salsa and 1/2 cup ranch dressing. It turned out awesome!
I will make this recipe for a party and have people scared to eat which is a good thing for me because I will take it home and eat it. I'm took one star away because no one else will.
This is great! I used red bell pepper instead of jalapenos and red onion instead of green. I also added chopped pickles. Loved this! Will definitely make it again! My husband that hates macaroni salad even loved it!
I chose this recipe for a group from my church to make and serve for another church group. I have never received so many complements and requests for 2nd servings, ever. Don't be scared off by the jalepenos, I just cut them down a little for the proportion listed for 60 servings, we could have made 100 servings and still run out!!! It was great.
This dish took me back to Hawaii ... delicious!
Really simple and good! I left out the jalapenos for my kids' sake and they loved it!
great recipe. I used serrano chile because the store was out of jalepeno peppers and added soMe cayenne because i'm big on spice. very easy to make. thanks fOr sharing.
This is an AWESOME recipe! I don't normally like macaroni salad, but this is GREAT! All of my friends agree, also!