Spam Macaroni Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


10 servings

Updated: Feb. 23, 2023
I have always loved Spam, so I decided to combine it with pineapple to make this Polynesian-inspired macaroni salad recipe. It reminds me of vacationing in Hawaii. —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 can (12 ounces) regular or teriyaki SPAM, cubed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Cool completely. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook Spam until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. For dressing, in a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine pineapple, red pepper, water chestnuts, cooled Spam and macaroni. Add dressing; gently toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Top with green onions before serving.
Spam Macaroni Salad Tips

How far in advance can you make Spam macaroni salad?

Make this macaroni salad at least a day in advance for the best results. Letting most macaroni or pasta salads sit in the refrigerator overnight allows the flavors to really meld. Just give the macaroni salad a quick stir before serving.

What can you serve with Spam macaroni salad?

This macaroni salad is the perfect side dish for any barbecue, especially paired with Polynesian kabobs or Polynesian ribs.

How long will Spam macaroni salad last?

Store Spam macaroni salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Here are even more super creative macaroni salad recipes for your next potluck or picnic.

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 351 calories, 27g fat (6g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 655mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.