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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad – if you like pickles, you are going to love this super easy, creamy and delicious pasta salad that has just the right amount of crunch!

Are you a fan of pickles? I feel like you either love them or hate, them and there is no in between. Well, if you are a fan of them, then this pasta salad recipe is just for you! I love pasta salad in the summer, it makes the perfect side dish, easy lunch, light dinner or take to a potluck.

There are a million different flavors you can make, but this Taco Pasta Salad is another favorite since I am obsessed with all things Mexican.

pickle pasta salad in a white bowl

 

What You’ll Need

  • Short Cut Pasta
  • Dill Pickles
  • Colby Jack Cheese
  • Fresh Dill
  • Mayo
  • Sour Cream
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Pickle Juice
  • Black Pepper

I like to use baby dill pickles for this recipe, they have a great amount of crunch to give the pasta salad a nice texture. But you can buy already sliced dill pickles, if you want to take the short-cut and not have to deal with it.

ingredients for dill pickle pasta salad

How To Make Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop it from cooking. This also helps it from sticking together. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl mix together the mayo, sour cream, cayenne pepper, fresh dill, pickle juice and black pepper to make the dressing for the salad.
  3. In a large bowl toss together cooked pasta, chopped pickles, cubes of cheese, dressing and fresh dill until everything is well coated.
  4. Store in the fridge, for at least 1 hour, until ready to serve.
pickle pasta salad dressing in a bowl

Recipe Tips and Variations

You can mix up a few things to make this even more to your taste.

  • Pasta – Use whatever shape pasta you want. Elbow macaroni, shells, rotini, penne etc. Anything you have and like works great.
  • Cheese – I like to use Colby Jack, I think it is perfectly creamy and pairs well. But if you like cheddar or something else, use it! I like to cut cubes of cheese off the block for this. But you could easily use shredded cheese instead.
  • Add Protein – You could definitely add cooked bacon or even grilled chicken to make this a full meal.
  • Vegetables – Adding cherry or grape tomatoes, finely chopped onion, diced celery or even shredded carrots would be a great addition to this salad.
mixing pickle pasta salad together in a bowl

How To Serve Pasta Salad

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is a great side dish if you are grilling or making just about anything. It is also the perfect addition to a potluck! Trust me, it will disappear quickly.

a bowl of pasta salad with pickles and cheese

Storage

You can store in the fridge for up to 3 days. just make sure to cover it well, to help it from drying out. You will want to mix well before serving.

If you want to make ahead, I suggest making the dressing ahead of time and storing in the fridge. And then cooking the pasta and assembling the salad the day you want to eat it. The pasta does tend to absorb some of the dressing at it sits. So it is really best if you serve within 3-4 hours of making.

close up dill pickle pasta salad for pinterest

More Pasta Salad Recipes

Yield: 5

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad - if you like pickles, you are going to love this super easy, creamy and delicious pasta salad that has just the right amount of crunch!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Pasta Salad

  • 8 oz short cut pasta
  • 1 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 3/4 cup cubed Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped

Dressing

  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons dill pickle juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop it from cooking. This also helps it from sticking together. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl mix together the mayo, sour cream, cayenne pepper, fresh dill, pickle juice and black pepper to make the dressing for the salad.
  3. In a large bowl toss together cooked pasta, chopped pickles, cubes of cheese, dressing and fresh dill until everything is well coated.
  4. Store in the fridge, for at least 1 hour, until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 385Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 38mgSodium 807mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 8g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Johannah Garza

Sunday 11th of June 2023

The Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is Amazing! I doubled the recipe & will be taking a large part of it to work tomorrow! I will be making this a lot the summer!

Catalina

Tuesday 12th of July 2022

My family goes crazy over pickles. It's a great idea to make this pasta salad with pickles for next barbecue!

Juliane

Tuesday 12th of July 2022

Totally in love with this pasta salad!

Erik

Monday 11th of July 2022

So creative with a standout flavor!

Beth

Monday 11th of July 2022

I am so on board for this! Just looking at this is making me hungry. It's so perfect for the summer.

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