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A classic pasta salad with an unexpected dill pickle tangy twist. Dill pickle pasta salad combines zesty dill pickles, tender pasta, cubes of cheese, and a creamy dressing.
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Creamy dill pickle pasta salad is the perfect side for any barbecue or potluck. Dill pickles are not only a main flavor in this pasta salad, but they even add a delightful crunch.
Tasty dill pickle pasta salad is a delicious side dish for grilled chicken or fried pork chops. Serve it with a cold glass of iced tea and classic brownies for dessert.
This flavorful pasta salad is a crowd favorite, particularly for anyone who loves the crunchy, tangy flavor of dill pickles. The dressing can even be made ahead of time, making assembling the pasta salad even easier.
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad Ingredients
- Pasta - rotini pasta, cooked, drained, and rinsed in cool water
- Pickles - diced whole dill pickles
- Cheese - cubed cheddar or Colby-jack cheese
- Dill - fresh dill, chopped
- Sour cream
- Dill - dried dill
- Onion powder
- Pepper - black pepper
- Parsley - dried parsley
- Dill pickle juice
Pickles are the star of this pasta salad recipe, and the pickle juice adds an even more tangy bite to the homemade salad dressing. However, if you don’t want to use the dill pickle juice you could also use apple cider vinegar.
You can use any type of pasta that will hold onto the creamy dressing. This could include any type of rotini pasta as well as shells, fusilli, or bowtie pasta.
The dressing can be made a day in advance and chilled to enhance the dill flavor. Just make sure your pasta is fully cooled before adding the other ingredients, or your cheese will start to melt. For faster prep, you can also buy dill pickles already sliced.
How to Make Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
FIRST STEP: In a large salad bowl, toss together cooled pasta, dill pickles, cheese, and fresh dill.
SECOND STEP: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, dried dill, onion powder, black pepper, dried parsley, and pickle juice to make the dressing.
THIRD STEP: Pour dressing over the tossed salad ingredients and stir until combined.
FOURTH STEP: Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the flavors to blend.
What kind of cheese can I use?
Pepper jack, provolone, sharp cheddar cheese, or swiss would all be great options in addition to either cheddar or Colby Jack. Shredded cheddar can also be used instead of cubed cheese.
Can I use fresh herbs?
Fresh dill and or parsley are a nice addition for both color and brightness, although the flavor is more subtle. So if you use fresh herbs you’ll need to use more than if you use dried herbs.
What can I add to the pasta salad?
Fresh vegetables, such as diced celery, chopped cherry tomatoes, or finely minced onions would all make excellent additions. Meat, such as chicken, tuna, ham, or bacon, could also be added to this pasta salad recipe.
How to Store Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover dill pickle pasta salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
MAKE-AHEAD: Pasta salad dressing can be made several hours or even a day in advance and then kept chilled to enhance the dill flavor. Then the salad can be served right away after tossing with the dressing.
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
- 16 ounces rotini pasta cooked, drained, and rinsed in cool water
- 2 cups diced whole dill pickles
- 1½ cups cubed cheddar or Colby-jack cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh dill , chopped
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon dried dill
- ½ tablespoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
- In a large salad bowl, toss together cooled pasta, dill pickles, cheese, and fresh dill.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, dried dill, onion powder, black pepper, dried parsley, and pickle juice to make the dressing.
- Pour dressing over the tossed salad ingredients and stir until combined.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the flavors to blend.