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Macaroni salad can sit out for 2 hours at room temperature before it should be discarded. Macaroni Salad left in the sun can spoil much faster than 2 hours depending on the temperature outside. Macaroni salad will stay good refrigerated for 3 to 5 days. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, or store in an airtight container to maximize freshness.

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  • 1 pound elbow noodles
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese cubed or shredded
  • ½ red onion minced
  • 4 ribs celery diced
  • 1 red bell pepper minced
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


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Step 1

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook elbow noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water until pasta is cooled. Drain well.
2. In a large mixing bowl, toss together cooked noodles with cheese, onion, celery, bell pepper, and peas.
3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, cider vinegar, dill, sugar, relish, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
4. Pour sauce over pasta and toss until everything is well coated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour before serving.

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