Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

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This easy Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is made with a delicious combination of tangy dill pickles, creamy dressing, savory cheese, and tender pasta. It’s the perfect summer side dish for parties, potlucks, and casual weeknight dinners.

A rectangular white dish filled with dill pickle pasta salad, garnished with fresh dill resting on a yellow plaid napkin with a wooden spoon nearby.
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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad Recipe

Get ready to pucker up, pickle fans, because this pasta salad is about to become your new summer obsession! We start with tender pasta and savory chunks of cheese, mixed with a cool and creamy dressing. But the real star of the show are crunchy dill pickles that wake up the flavors, giving the pasta the perfect tangy kick!

This is one of my favorite summer side sides because this salad truly has it all. It has simple yet delicious ingredients and an incredible combination of creamy and crispy textures. But what I love most is that it’s such a breeze to whip up.

And the best part is that it transports perfectly, which is why I love bringing this to summer picnics and potlucks. If you’re serious about dill pickle recipes, you should also try this Dill Pickle Dip and these Pickles in a Blanket.

A bowl containing a creamy dill pickle pasta salad with cubed cheese, pickle pieces, and dill,

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Lots of dill pickle flavor: This salad has fresh dill weed, pickles and a splash of pickle juice. It’s the ultimate side for dill pickle fans.
  • A breeze to make: With just a few simple ingredients and 20 minutes of prep time, this pasta dish is as easy as it is delicious.
  • Easy to transport: Whether you’re headed to a beach or a picnic in the park, this salad is a convenient and delicious on-the-go dish.

Ingredients

Ingredients for a pasta dish laid out on a surface include cellentani pasta, cheese cubes, dill pickles, sour cream, fresh dill, mayo, and seasonings of dill, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Cellentani pasta
  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • Dill
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Diced dill pickles
  • Pickle Juice
  • Cheese cubes (your choice)
  • Fresh dill

How to Make This Pasta Salad

Step 1. Cook the pasta according to the package. Set it aside and let it cool.

Step 2. Add the sour cream, mayo, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, dill pickle juice, and diced pickles to a large mixing bowl.

Clear glass bowl on top of newspaper containing a sour cream and mayonnaise mixture. Nearby are uncooked pasta and fresh dill.
A glass mixing bowl contains chopped pickles with a sour cream and mayonnaise mixture. The bowl is placed on sheets of printed newspaper.

Step 3. Mix until everything is well combined.

Step 4. In a separate large bowl, add the cooled pasta and cheese cubes.

A glass bowl filled with dill pickle pasta ingredients and a whisk on newspaper.
Glass mixing bowl with cooked spiral pasta and cubed cheddar cheese on a newspaper background.

Step 5. Combine the two bowls into one serving bowl and mix until well combined.

Step 6. Top with fresh dill and serve.

A close-up view of a bowl containing a creamy dill pickle pasta salad with cubed cheese, pickle pieces, and dill, placed on a blue wooden surface with scattered cheese cubes and dill sprigs around.

Storage Instructions

This pasta salad will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for 3–4 days. I don’t recommend freezing leftovers because it tends to separate and become grainy when frozen.

Variations and Add-ins

  • Pasta: You can use just about any type of pasta you prefer. Bowtie pasta, rotini pasta, ziti or any short pasta all work great for this recipe.
  • Cheese: I used Colby jack cheese, but you can use pepper Jack or mild or sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Bacon: Add crispy bacon bits to give this a smoky, savory twist.
  • Veggies: Feel free to add chopped red onion, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, or olives for extra flavor and texture.
  • Hard-boiled eggs: Chopped hard-boiled eggs will add protein and a creamy texture.
  • Other fresh herbs: Feel free to try other herbs like fresh parsley, chives or even a little fresh basil.
  • Spicy add-ins: For a kick of heat, add a splash of hot sauce, a pinch of red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper or a little siracha sauce.
A fork lifting a portion of creamy dill pickle salad from a white dish on a blue surface with a yellow and white checkered cloth.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this dill pickle salad in advance?

Absolutely! You can make and store this up to several days in advance.

Do I rinse the pasta for this recipe?

Though it’s not necessary, rinsing it under cold water stops the cooking, helping to keep the al dente texture.

Can I use sweet pickles instead of dill pickles?

This recipe focuses on the tanginess of dill pickles but you can use sweet pickles if you prefer a sweeter flavor.

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A white rectangular dish filled with creamy dill pickle salad garnished with dill and slices of pickles, placed on a wooden table with a yellow and white checkered napkin.
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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad


Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
With a delicious combination of tangy dill pickles, creamy dressing, savory cheese, and tender pasta, this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for summer parties!

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups cellentani pasta cooked
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 cup dill pickles diced
  • 1 cup cheese cubes your choice
  • fresh dill for garnish

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the package. Set it aside and let it cool.
    2 cups cellentani pasta
  • Add the sour cream, mayo, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, dill pickle juice, and diced pickles to a large mixing bowl.
    ½ cup sour cream, ½ cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon dill, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 cup dill pickles, 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • Mix until everything is well combined.
  • In a separate large bowl, add the cooled pasta and cheese cubes.
    1 cup cheese cubes, 2 cups cellentani pasta
  • Combine the two bowls into one serving bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Top with fresh dill and serve.
    fresh dill for garnish

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 0.2mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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