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Dill Pickle Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

5 from 14 reviews

Dill pickle lovers unite with this tasty and easy Dill Pickle Pasta Salad with an easy five ingredient dressing, dill pickles, cheddar cheese, and fresh dill.  This perfect side dish is great for potlucks, picnics, barbecues, and family reunions. 

Ingredients

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Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream 
  • ¼ cup dill pickle juice from the pickle jar
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon fresh chopped dill plus more for garnish

Pasta

  • 1 lb. cellentani or corkscrew pasta
  • 2 cups diced baby dill pickles plus more for garnish
  • 1 ½ cups cubed sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Cook your pasta al dente according to the package instruction. Drain in a colander and rinse with a little cold water to stop the cooking process and keep your pasta from sticking.  Drain well and add the pasta to a large bowl. 
  2. In a small bowl stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream, pickle juice, onion powder, and fresh dill.
  3. Stir the mayonnaise mixture, dill pickles, and cheddar cheese cubes into the pasta.
  4. Season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped fresh dill.

Notes

  • This pasta salad can be made ahead of time but wait until you are ready to serve to combine it with the dressing.
  • People always ask me should I use Miracle Whip or real mayonnaise. I am partial to real mayo and especially fond of Dukes however I am sure that this salad would taste delicious with Miracle Whip as well.
  • Cut the cheese into small cubes. Other cheeses that works well with this include white cheddar, Pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, and Colby Jack Cheese.
  • I like the baby dill pickles for this salad but any size dill pickle works as long as you cut them up.
  • Other seasonings to experiment with include garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, or even a little Cajun seasoning.
  • Make it a full meal by adding protein.  Think ham, chicken, or bacon
  • Other fresh veggies to add include cherry tomatoes, celery, bell peppers, and red onion.
  • Keep this salad covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If it seems a little dry add a little bit of mayo, sour cream, or a splash of pickle juice. 

Keywords: pickle pasta salad, pasta pickle salad, pasta salad with dill pickles

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