Dill Pickle pasta salad. Tender pasta with crunchy pickles, fresh herbs, and a creamy dressing is the perfect pasta salad for pickle lovers! If you are looking for easy recipes for your summer meal this is the perfect side dish!
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Yes, I am on a pasta salad kick and I know you are going to love this dill pickle pasta salad recipe. My kids love pickles and they love a delicious pasta salad recipe so I thought it was time to combine the two and make a pasta salad that was filled with dill pickle flavor that would be the perfect side for all of our summer meals and family gatherings where we need to bring a cold salad dish.
This easy to make pasta salad recipe was devoured by my whole family the first time I made it and I am positive your family is going to love it too, especially if they are dill pickle fans! This cold pasta salad is perfect for a week night side dish or for meal prepping. This dill pickle pasta salad has the perfect crunch from the crunchy dill pickles and an amazing creamy dressing that makes this creamy pasta salad recipe perfect for summer cookouts and weeknight dinners.
During the summer I make pasta salads and potato salads that we can enjoy with all of our favorite grilling meals. I don’t like to cook in the summer time, so I make a few different salads each week that pair well with anything on the grill and then add the main dish and veggies and dinner is done. Making homemade pasta salads is one of the easiest things to make for summer dinners and one of my kids favorite cold salads. If you are looking for cold summer side dishes, be sure to also check out some of our other awesome pasta salad recipes.
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Can I make this ahead of time?
Things are always so busy in my house that having things done ahead of time makes my life so much easier. That is why I meal plan and prep ahead of time often. The great thing about this pasta salad is that I can make it ahead of time and have it for dinner a few nights in a row as a side dish. It also makes a great lunch too!
How to store Pasta salad?
Pasta salad needs to be stored in the fridge and is best stored in an air-tight container. You can use a bowl and plastic wrap but I find an airtight container like these is best. This pasta salad will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Tips For Making Pasta Salad
Don’t overcook the pasta. It is important to not overcook the pasta. Cook just until al dente and then drain them and then cool the pasta while in the strainer with cold water until all of the pasta is cooled. This will prevent a soggy pasta salad.
Cool the pasta completely. Just like overcooking pasta will give you a mushy pasta salad, so will noodles that are not cooled all the way. As soon as they are done cooking you want to shock the pasta with cold water to stop the cooking process.
Let pasta salad sit before serving. You can serve this pasta salad immediately after making it however I find pasta salad is best when it has time to sit in the fridge and all of the flavors are able to mix together. Letting the pasta salad sit for a few hours before serving results in a more flavorful and delicious dill pickle pasta salad!
Variations of this recipe
Change up the pickles. Yes, I know this is a dill pickle potato salad, however, you can skip the dill and change the dill pickles for sweet pickles for a sweet pickle pasta salad.
Add chicken. If you are wanting to add a protein then I suggest adding chicken, grilled chicken or shredded chicken are great additions.
Change the veggies. You can use white onion or red onion when you are making this pasta salad.
Change up the pasta. I like using rotini pasta, but you can also use bowtie pasta, elbow macaroni or any type of pasta that is small.
Change up the cheese. I like sharp cheddar cheese in mine, but you can also use colby jack cheese, white cheddar or Monteray jack cheese.
What to serve with Pasta Salad
There are lots of great main dishes and side dishes that go along well with this easy macaroni salad recipe. Check out some of our favorites dishes that we make when we are having this cold macaroni salad. Seriously anything that you cook on the grill will work perfectly with this cold pickle pasta salad recipe. Check out some of my favorite summer dishes that go well with pasta salad.
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Grilled Steaks
- Chili Lime Chicken
- Bacon Wrapped Scallops
- Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad Ingredients
- 1 pound pasta
- 16 ounce jar baby dill pickles, sliced
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheesed, diced
- 1/4 cup onion, diced
- 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
- 1/2 sour cream
- 1/2 cup pickle juice
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
How to make Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Cook pasta according to the package directions for al dente.
While the pasta is cooking slice the pickles and onions and dice the cheese.
Drain the cooked pasta, rinse with cold water, and pour it into a large bowl.
Add the pickles, cheese, onions, and dill, into the mixing bowl with the cooked and cooled pasta and toss until combined.
In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients; mayonnaise, sour cream, pickle juice, pepper, and smoked paprika. Stir the mixture until well combined.
Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture and stir to combine.
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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
- Cook pasta according to the package directions for al dente.
- While the pasta is cooking slice the pickles and onions and dice the cheese.
- Drain the cooked pasta, rinse with cold water, and pour it into a large bowl.
- Add the pickles, cheese, onions, and dill, into the mixing bowl with the cooked and cooled pasta and toss until combined.
- In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients; mayonnaise, sour cream, pickle juice, pepper, and smoked paprika. Stir the mixture until well combined.
- Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture and stir to combine.