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Easy Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Dill pickle pasta salad is a flavorful, tangy, creamy pasta salad. It is a popular side dish served at picnics, potlucks, and barbecues. It also makes a wonderful light weeknight dinner or lunch salad.

The primary ingredient in dill pickle pasta salad is, of course, chopped dill pickles. Dill pickle cucumbers have and intense briny flavor that adds pops of tang and interest to an otherwise bland salad.

Dill pickle pasta salad stands out from other pasta salads using a Mayonnaise based dressing. Lively dill pickle juice is added right into the creamy dressing, complimenting the chopped dill pickle in the salad. Yum. And THEN fresh Chopped dill also goes into the dressing. Yum, Yum, Yum.

Pickle fans will love this salad!

Pickle Pasta Salad

How to Make Dill Pickle Pasta Salad:

Our recipe is an easy dill pickle pasta salad recipe. It includes just four main ingredients you likely have in your pantry. Just boil the pasta, cool it and add in the chopped veg and cheese cubes. The salad is ready for the dressing and some time in the fridge. And you are done.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • cooked, chilled and drained pasta
  • finely chopped dill pickles
  • diced white onion
  • Colby Jack cheese-cubed
Dill Pickle Salad
Dill pickle pasta Salad

Additional Ingredients Suggestions:

Feel free to adapt this recipe and make it your own. These extra ingredients can add more texture, flavor and color to this already delicious basic recipe.

For the Salad:

  • diced bell peppers
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • celery
  • peppers- either bell or roasting peppers, even jalapeño if you like to kick up the spice.

Let us know how you make it in the comment section below. We love new ideas!

Making Dill Pickle Pasta Salad Dressing


  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • fresh chopped dill
  • salt
  • pepper
  • pickle juice

More Ingredients ideas For the Dressing:

To increase the flavors of this salad experiment with these additions to our dressing recipe.

  • Dijon mustard will up the piquant flavor of the dill even more.
  • Try 1/2 tsp. of smoked paprika for a deeper flavor
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder

Best Type of Pasta for Dill Pickle Salad:

Use a firm pasta that will hold its shape when cooked to al-dente. You want a firm pasta that will not get mushy as it chills and absorbs the dressing. Several pasta types will work, but the twisted noodles are the best.

  • Macaroni
  • rotini
  • bowtie pasta
  • Penne
  • fusilli
  • cavatappi

Safety Note: The cooked pasta is chilled before being mixed with the other ingredients to keep the salad food safe. Be sure it is cooled to room temperature or below before adding the dressing.

Then chill the salad two hours to merge flavors, allow absorption of the dressing and get the temperature of all ingredients uniformly chilled and keep them all food safe.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Creamy dill pasta salad

Tips For Making Dill Pickle Salad:

This salad is tasty, simple and a crowd pleaser. But tips are always handy if you new to making pasta salads.

Here are some helpful tips for making this pasta salad dill pickle recipe:

  1. Cook the pasta al dente: When cooking the pasta, make sure to follow the package instructions and cook it until it is al dente, which means it should still have a slight firmness to it. Overcooking the pasta can result in a mushy texture once mixed with the other ingredients.
  2. Rinse the cooked pasta: After cooking the pasta, rinse it under cold water to remove excess starch and stop the cooking process. This helps to cool down the pasta quickly and prevents it from becoming sticky.
  3. Chill the pasta before mixing: Once the pasta is rinsed, ensure it is completely cooled before combining it with the other ingredients. Chilling the pasta in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to an hour helps to firm it up and allows the flavors to meld together better.
  4. Dice pickles and vegetables uniformly: When chopping the dill pickles, onions, celery, or any other vegetables, try to dice them into similar-sized pieces. Uniformly chopped ingredients ensure a consistent texture and make each bite enjoyable.
  5. Adjust dressing consistency: When preparing the dressing, adjust the consistency to your liking. If you prefer a creamier salad, use a higher ratio of mayonnaise or Greek yogurt. For a lighter dressing, increase the amount of pickle juice or add a splash of vinegar to thin it out.
  6. Let it rest and chill for optimal flavor: After mixing all the ingredients, allow the salad to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. This resting period allows the flavors to blend and develop, resulting in a more delicious and cohesive salad.
  7. Garnish just before serving: If you choose to garnish the salad with fresh dill or additional pickle slices, do so just before serving. This ensures that the garnishes stay fresh and maintain their vibrant colors.
  8. Store Dill pickle paste salad leftovers properly: If you have leftovers, store the salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It is best to consume it within 3 to 4 days for optimal freshness.
Pickle Salad In A Bowl

Healthy Hacks For Dill Pickle Pasta Salad;

Make Dill Pickle Pasta Salad healthier (not necessarily REALLY healthy. It all depends on your diet and goals) with these ideas:

  1. Choose whole grain pasta: Instead of using regular pasta, opt for whole grain pasta. Whole grains contain more fiber and nutrients compared to refined grains.
  2. Use a lighter dressing: Instead of a mayonnaise-based dressing, consider using a lighter alternative like Greek yogurt or a mixture of Greek yogurt and a small amount of mayonnaise(or use our healthy homemade mayonnaise recipe here). Greek yogurt adds creaminess and tanginess while reducing the overall fat content.
  3. Increase vegetable content: Add more vegetables to your salad to boost its nutritional value. You can include ingredients like diced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, shredded carrots, or steamed broccoli. These additions provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  4. Reduce or eliminate added salt: Dill pickles already contain sodium, so you can reduce or omit the additional salt in the recipe. This helps lower the overall sodium content of the salad.
  5. Control portion sizes: Keep portion sizes in check to avoid overeating. While the ingredients themselves can be healthy, excessive consumption can still lead to higher calorie intake. Be mindful of the amount you serve and enjoy it as part of a balanced meal.
  6. Experiment with herbs and spices: Enhance the flavor profile by experimenting with different herbs and spices. Consider adding a pinch of paprika, garlic powder, or onion powder to add depth of flavor without relying solely on salt.

Remember, making this salad healthier doesn’t mean sacrificing taste. These hacks create a lighter, more nutritious version of dill pickle pasta salad. Use your taste buds and dietary needs to make this salad a better fit for you.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Simple Dill Pickle Salad

Dill Pickle Salad Variations:

There are always ways to change up a recipe. Here are a few ways you can reinvent this salad.

  1. Dill pickle pasta salad with ham: Add about 1 Cup of cooked cubed and chilled ham. Add Ingredients like shredded cheddar cheese, diced red onions, or even a touch of mustard to complement the ham and pickles flavor profile.
  2. Sweet Pickle Pasta Salad: Substitute sweet pickles or bread and butter pickles for a sweeter flavor profile while still maintaining the tangy and creamy elements.
  3. Spicy Pickle Pasta Salad: If you enjoy a bit of heat, consider adding sliced jalapeños or banana peppers to the salad along with the pickles. The spicy kick will add an extra layer of flavor and make the salad more exciting for those who like some spice.
  4. Pickle Relish Pasta Salad: Instead of using diced pickles, you can incorporate pickle relish into the salad. The relish will distribute the pickle flavor more evenly throughout the dish and provide a slightly different texture.
  5. Bacon and Pickle Pasta Salad: For a savory twist, add cooked and crumbled bacon to the salad. The combination of smoky bacon and tangy pickles creates a delightful flavor contrast.
  6. Greek Dill Pickle Pasta Salad: Give your salad a Mediterranean twist by adding ingredients like feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and a lemon-herb vinaigrette. The Greek-inspired flavors will add a fresh and vibrant dimension to the salad.
  7. Vegan or Dairy-Free Option: For those following a vegan or dairy-free diet, you can substitute traditional mayonnaise with vegan mayo or plant-based yogurt alternatives. Ensure that the pickles you use are also suitable for your dietary needs.
  8. Protein Boost: To make the salad more filling, you can add protein-rich ingredients such as grilled chicken, canned chickpeas, or diced tofu. These additions will make the salad more substantial and satisfying as a complete meal.

Feel free to mix and match these variations, or come up with your own creative additions and substitutions.

Dill Pickle Salad
Yield: 10 servings

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Piquant, creamy delicousness. thats a dill pickle pasta salads claim to fame. It's full of yummy pickles and dill along with filling pasta and a luscious creamy dressing. Your family will love this salad.


  • 16 oz. pasta
  • 2 cups pickles (chopped small)
  • 1/2 Cup white onion (chopped small)
  • 1 Cup Colby Jack cheese (cubed small)


  • 1 Cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1.2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 Cup pickle juice


  1. Boil pasta according to package instructions to reach al dente stage(tender but firm) of doneness.Boiling Pasta
  2. Drain and rinse cooked pasta in cold water until pasta is completely cold.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, pickle juice, fresh dill, salt and pepper until smooth and creamy. set aside.
  4. In a large salad bowl combine the cooked, cold pasta, pickle, onion and cheese cubes.
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and stir until every ingredients is completely coated. Chill salad for 2 hours before serving.
  6. At serving garnish with fresh dill as desired.Creamy Dill Salad
  7. Keep refrigerated. Lasts up to week if kept covered in the fridge.


There are more ideas for this salad in the post. Please read the complete post to learn all about healthy hacks, additional ingredient suggestions and more.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 310Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 27mgSodium 926mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 6g

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