Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is literally my favorite pasta salad ever!  In this creamy pasta salad recipe, dill pickles play a starring role and add tons of flavor and crunch!  This recipe is even better when it’s made ahead of time making it the perfect potluck dish!

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is literally my favorite pasta salad ever! In this creamy pasta salad recipe, dill pickles play a starring role and add tons of flavor and crunch! This recipe is even better when it's made ahead of time making it the perfect potluck dish!

I have a thing for dill pickles.  I always have.  My sister and I have exchanged pickle themed gifts for about 20 years now…  I’ve received everything from pickle erasers and a case of pickle pops (like freezies.. but pickle juice) and given her everything from a yodeling pickle to pickle soap and jewellery.  One thing we haven’t exchanged yet is a dill pickle recipe, so of course I have to dedicate this delicious pasta salad recipe to my sister Candace.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is my GO TO potluck dish! It' loaded with pickles, cheese and tons of flavor! This recipe is even better when it's made ahead of time making it the perfect potluck dish!

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I like pasta salads, I make a ton of them.  They’re easy to make and usually better if made ahead of time.  They’re the hit of every potluck meal and perfect to pack the next day for lunch.  As much as I like pasta salads, this Dill Pickle Pasta salad is honestly one of the best pasta salads I’ve ever had!  Pickles (or even dill pickle relish) usually play a supporting role in recipes, especially pasta salad recipes and potato salads.

But not this time… nope, this time the prized dill pickle plays the starring role, front and center.

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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is literally my favorite pasta salad ever! In this creamy pasta salad recipe, dill pickles play a starring role and add tons of flavor and crunch! This recipe is even better when it's made ahead of time making it the perfect potluck dish!

There is pickle flavor infused throughout this recipe (in 3 different places) yet it’s just the right amount of pickley (if pickley is even a word!?). Yup, time to get pickled people (in the dill pickle sense of course).

When buying pickles for this recipe, I love baby dills if you can find them because I love the crunch they give and I love how they look in little rounds.  I’m a bit freakish about my pickles so I actually pick up all of the pickle jars at the store and try to choose jar with the the smallest pickles.  I look like a person trying to choose the perfect produce, only in the pickle aisle.  If you only have bigger dill pickles (or homemade pickles), they’ll still be great in this recipe too, just chop them but not too small, you want them to keep that crunch.

If you have (or love) sweet pickles you can also throw a handful of those in here too.  I mean, sweet and salty, crunch creamy…  perfection right?!

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is literally my favorite pasta salad ever! In this creamy pasta salad recipe, dill pickles play a starring role and add tons of flavor and crunch! This recipe is even better when it's made ahead of time making it the perfect potluck dish!

Oh, and when you’re scooping out your pickle juice to add to the dressing in this recipe, try to grab all of those yummy little garlicky bits floating around and put them in the dressing too, they add extra flavor.  And one last tip about the white onion…  be sure to grab the onions with the white papery skin, the ones with the yellow skin are much stronger and will be a little bit overpowering in this dish.

This dill pickle pasta salad is pretty much guaranteed to be the hit of your next potluck and the best part is that it is awesome made the day before!  If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers (which I doubt would happen) they’ll keep several days in the fridge and make the perfect lunch!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Dill Pickles * Shell Pasta * Cayenne Pepper *


Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb dry shell pasta (about 3 cups)
  • 3/4 cup sliced pickles
  • 2/3 cup cheddar cheese , diced
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced white onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice

Dressing

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons pickle juice
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Boil pasta al dente according to package directions. Run under cold water to stop cooking.
  2. Toss cold pasta with about 1/2 cup of pickle juice and set aside for about 5 minutes. Drain & discard pickle juice.
  3. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  4. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 296 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

341 comments on “Dill Pickle Pasta Salad”

  1. Sounds fantastic, I’m giving it a try for dure

  2. My hubby loves pickles so I’ll have to make this. (I like the zesty bread and butter pickles…would those be too much? (chopped up?)

    • I haven’t tried the zesty bread and butter pickles but if you love them, I say give it a try! If they’re sweet you could always try half and half with dill pickles!

    • I just made 26 pints jars oder zesty Bread and butter yesterday! They are our favorite

  3. I love your recipes! I have sooooooo many allergies and being able to prepare great food using made from scratch recipes makes me very happy.

  4. What would you think about removing the onion
    I can’t stand them

    • You can certainly leave the onion out if you don’t like it. I might suggest a little bit of onion powder mixed into the dressing in it’s place.

    • I made this today it was really good. I too hate raw onion. I added granulated onion chopped radish Ed for the crunch subsitute. We like slot of robust flavor do I added a little garlic powder, lots of pepper, and Creole seasoning(we do quite a bit, depending on your tatse).also added a bit of rosemary, thyme and celery salt. My family loved it, even with the additions it had a wonderful dilly taste.

    • I don’t like raw onion either. I added onion powder to the dressing and to replace some crunch added red and orange sweet peppers……..so good!

  5. Hi!
    This sounds delicious…but I don’t like mayonnaise…what could I use instead? :)

    • I’ve only made this as written. You could try more sour cream or yogurt but it will change the flavor and it may miss some of the creaminess. I’d love to know how you like it if you do try it!

    • Try using ranch mixed with the sour cream & add a little bit of cream cheese or plain yogurt to it.

    • I also do not like Mayo. But the recipe sounded so good I had to try it. The Mayo does not have a strong flavor in the mixture. The hint of Cayenne and the dill create enough zip to overtake the mayo. Try it. I think you’ll be surprised. This is now one of my favorite side salads! It has got such a creamy taste with a little “pop”. It’s great!

  6. I see you mentioned making sure to use white onions, with the white skin, but I didn’t see the onion in the actual recipe?

  7. I make a potato salad with pickles and bacon! I also make a chicken salad with dill!

  8. would love the receipes

  9. I LOVE adding dill flavors to pasta salad…I do it every summer and it’s always a hit {sometimes, I even add bacon!}. This recipe looks just as delicious as mine, I’ll definitely have to give it a try for our next BBQ!!!

  10. The main character of my Pickled and Preserved Mysteries would love these recipes! (Me, too!)

  11. That’s the way my Mom made her salad. But we use green onions only the green. As for the spices just salt and pepper. As we as we use elbow macaroni. Love it

  12. Sounds wonderful

  13. Have you ever substituted olives for pickles? or added cucumbers with the pickles? Do you use Hellman’s mayo?

  14. What about purple onion? We don’t like onion either but thought the purple might be ok. And has anyone tried miracle whip?

    • I personally find the white onions (with the white skin, not the yellow skin) to be milder than purple onions. You can certainly skip the onion if you don’t like it. I have made this with regular mayonnaise as well as a light mayo type dressing and both work perfectly.

  15. Our family is all about pasta salad this time of year. I’d love to make this for a cookout or grilled chicken!

  16. If someone loves pickles, this recipe is perfectly layered with pickle flavor!! Looks like a beautiful salad :) Thank you for sharing!

  17. i have a dill pickle attraction too! I love every single ingredient in this pasta salad! Sounds perfect for our next BBQ~

  18. Loved the way it is explained.

  19. I love dill pickles, usually I’ll have them in rice salad, now I’ll try them in a pasta salad. I looove the creaminess

  20. Great recipe! I made it a meal by adding cubed ham and sliced cherry tomatoes. It was a huge hit. Thanks.

  21. How does one keep pasta salad creamy? Mine soaks up the dressing and is dry no matter how much I add. What is the secret like that found in the Deli?

    • As the pasta sits it will certainly soak up some of the moisture drying it out slightly. If I am leaving it a long time (overnight for example), I do ensure there is plenty of dressing.

      Deli salads tend to contain more oil (and other ingredients) which helps keep them creamy. While this recipe has plenty of dressing, if I do make a creamy pasta salad that isn’t as creamy as I’d like I find stirring in a little bit of heavy cream before serving helps to make it creamy again.

  22. Do you have a low fat version? I’m going to make this regardless but I thought I’d ask.
    Thank you…
    SheriO

  23. Has anyone tried making this with red onion instead? I like themy more but it will be my first time making this recipe so I don’t want to mess it up right out of the gate haha

  24. I am extremely sensitive to spice and am afraid I could not tolerate the cayenne pepper. Do you have any suggestions for a substitute?

  25. Small, medium or large pasta shells?

  26. My youngest granddaughter has loved dill pickles since she was three years old. She’s eighteen now. I buy dill pickles when I travel as gifts for her upon my return. I’m going to surprise her with this recipe for her going away to the Naval Academy party later this month. She just wants a cookout for her closest friends. This will be on the menu for sure. Although I can’t find them here in southern Virginia, I recommend Milwaukee’s Midget Kosher Dill Pickles as the best in the country.

    • This dish is PERFECT for her cookout and I hope she loves it! I haven’t tried Milwaukee’s Midget Kosher Dill Pickles but it sounds like I’ll need to find a place to get my hands on a jar! :)

    • They are the ABSOLUTE best pickle I’ve ever had too!

  27. will have to try this, but knowing me I will use red onion> I love red onions.

  28. Wouldn’t the cayenne make it too spivey or hot? Never have used cayenne before do you think this could be omitted or can I substitute with…..?

  29. I knew this would be right up my alley! Love it

  30. I can’t wait to try this! I have always LOVED pickles! I remember the first time I saw a gallon jar of pickles in the store. I told my parents that that was all I wanted for my birthday that year. :-) I even grew up saying “Eeny meeny miney mo, catch a pickle by the toe…” My kids laugh but I still say pickle instead of tiger when saying the rhyme.

  31. I’ve printed this out and am ready to try it – after a trip to the store. Have everything except the sour cream. Have you ever added peas. When reading the recipe and seeing the cubed cheddar I immediately thought of English Pea Salad… I think I might give it a try. Thanks for sharing this…. have had potato salad with pickles but never pasta – and who knows why? I can’t wait to make this.

  32. What a nice twist on macaroni salad. I confess that I deviated from the recipe and used gherkins only because I didn’t have sour dill pickles in the house. Delicious nonetheless. And the cayenne adds just the right amount of pinch.

  33. Any idea the nutrition and number of servings?

  34. Do you use an 8 ounce box of shell pasta for the pickle pasta recipe or 12 ounce or 16 ounce

  35. Making the dilll pickle salad for an graduation openhouse. Everyone loves baby dills

  36. I want say I made this using red onion for color an red onion my opinion is best but white is good also keep up the great recipes

  37. so dying to try the dill pickle salad. Sounds delicious! Plan on doing it tuesday

  38. Omg that is the best salad ever! I used whole zesty dill pickles and chopped them up, came out great.
    Everyone needs to try it.

  39. This sounds great! Was just given some garden fresh dill and was looking for a new recipe to try. I’ve got a mayo hater in my family…any thoughts on using all sour cream or a greek yogurt combo? Thanks for the help!

    • I have only tried this recipe as written, so I can’t say for sure. Both sour cream and greek yogurt are more tart than mayonnaise so you may need to add a pinch of sugar. I’d love to hear how it works out if you do try it!

    • You might be able to sneak it by. The pickle juice in the dressing thins it out so you don’t get the consistency of the mayo, and between the actual pickle, the pickle juice rinse of the pasta, and the fresh dill, the mayo gets burried in there pretty deep. Just make sure you don’t have it out when the mayo hater is hanging out in the kitchen, and certainly don’t mention it, and you might be surprised. ;)

  40. Can you use bread and butter instead of dill ??

    • I have only tried this recipe as written, although it would work, it will also change the flavor. I’d love to hear how it works out if you do try it!

  41. I love dill pickles, so I am definitely going to make this salad.

  42. Well, I doubled the recipe and it is chilling in the fridge awaiting the potluck at work tomorrow.

  43. My family are all big pickle lovers so when I came across this recipe I knew it would be perfect for a get together we were having. Everyone loved it! I think everyone had seconds. The only thing I added was some hard salami. I will definitely be making this again, thanks!

  44. I bet this would be great with a few chopped boiled eggs! Can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks absolutely DELICIOUS!!!

  45. I only used about 2/3 of the dressing and it was enough. Recipe is fantastic. Very yummy!

  46. Made this pickle pasta salad twice now. Love it! So good my kids love it! So easy and so tasty!

  47. The store didn’t have fresh dill :( can I use dry dill weed?

  48. This salad was awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. Your photos are gorgeous!

  49. Could you use Macaroni pasta instead of the shells or is the shells the best choice?

  50. I have not tried your salad yet but plan to make it, I would love to receive your emails for more recipes. Thank you.

  51. Made this twice now. Ate it all myself! Added some grilled chicken the second time to make it a main dish…still awesome. Used a little less pasta and a little (lot) more pickles. Tweaked the ratio of mayo to sour cream. Very versatile. Thank you SO much from one pickle lover to another.

    • I have to will myself to share this recipe! I don’t think you can ever have too many pickles in this recipe!

  52. I’ve made this twice now and love it! Thanks for the recipe!

  53. I tried this recipe and really wanted to like it, but it is was somewhat dry, and I didn’t like the dressing. I think next time I will not add the sour cream, and use mayo and dill pickle juice. I am a huge dill pickle fan, but it didn’t deliver on the first go.

  54. Hi Holly! My sister and I consider ourselves pickle considers as well, so I’m pumped to make this for her as a surprise side dish! Just wondering, what brand of pickles do you favor, especially in a dish like this?

    • I hope she loves it! I’m going to make it for my sister this weekend too :) While I don’t use a specific brand I always look for the jar with the smallest dill pickles because I love the way they taste and look… and if it has extra garlic I will choose that one!

  55. I am going to try this but I am going to replace the onion with chives.

  56. Great use to mellow out a VERY strong (we’re talking slap your mawmaw potent) batch of dill pickles from last summer. They were garlic dill pickles to boot which was a great addition I’d say! Halved the recipe my first try (just in case megadillckles screwed it up) and it worked nicely.

    • Ooh! I bet garlic pickles would make this recipe ah-mazing! I am glad that the recipe helped you make use of your strong pickles Tyler!

  57. I bet the dressing would be great on potatoes also!

  58. Great recipes!

  59. Looking forward to trying it this weekend!

  60. You have a thing for dill pickles, I have a thing for Gherkin Pickles, so I’ll change it up a bit.

  61. Your key ingredient, pickle juice, dill or sweet style, add some to caseroles, soak hard boiled eggs in it to use in egg salad or potato salad. Add cherry tomatoes to juice to marinate, or garden veggies to make gardenera mix.

  62. I just might have to make this for a family gathering next weekend.

    There is a small community near me that has a pickle festival every August. They even have a pickle pageant where they crown a pickle princess (and Queen, etc). Linwoodpicklefestival.org

  63. I just made this and for real could not stop eating it. No one else in my family even got to try it (it’s just as well, they’re picky, they probably wouldn’t have liked it anyway. Pro tip: fight the urge, and let it sit. It greatly improves when the flavors have had the chance to meld together. :)

  64. We just found this recipe posted by a friend on Facebook. I immediately told my husband about it and he said “let’s go to the store so we can make it tonight!” Off we went to get the ingredients we didn’t have on hand. He is making it as we speak and I will for sure let you know how we loved I mean liked it!! We already know we are going to love it. I also thought about for a meal adding some cooked chicken to it but we are making it by your recipe first!! We can’t wait!!

  65. I made this tonight for a pool party tomorrow-WOW, the wonderful flavor! I substituted cheddar goat cheese for regular cheddar cheese & vegan sour cream along with brown rice pasta. My sample dish for my husband & myself was AMAZING! Thank you

  66. Dill pickles and pasta? How could you possibly go wrong? This is my new go to salad. It’s simply amazing!

  67. Is there anything you have to do differently if you mix it up the night before?

  68. Is the pasta 3 cups cooked?

  69. I made this for our Fourth of July BBQ. It was a HUGE hit and will be my new go to for pot lucks. Some things I’m going to try different for next time. (I quadrupled the recipe-used two boxes of pasta and adjusted everything else accordingly) I will just double the recipe using one box of pasta. I will use half cubed cheese and half shredded, half baby dills and half dill relish -one small jar each. I found the recipe as written to be a bit too separated for my taste and hope that adding the relish and shredded cheese will combine it all a bit more without losing out on the crunch. I will also add more onion. We all love onion! I might use a red onion just to add more color. Now, I’m off to check out more of your recipes!

  70. for the dill pickle pasta salad, is it better to use real mayo or miracle whip ?

  71. I love salads I wanta try some thing different for my family we ars so tired of the some thimgs.

  72. I had bought a big pack of string cheese. Then the college student moved out. Cut up my string cheese for this recipe. It was awesome!

  73. Made this last weekend and we loved it! Just made another bowl and put it in fridge to blend. Having it with crabcakes tonight. I added more pickles, onions, & cheese. (Cooper cheese is best!) My husband suggested adding some baby shrimp..ok! .

  74. This is amazing! Definitely for the dill pickle lover! I substituted Fage 0% greek yogurt and light mayo to keep calories down a bit. Other than that, followed the recipe as written. Making it the night before allows the flavors to meld great! Brought to a potluck and had NO leftovers…love it!!!

  75. OMG! One of my (new) favorites! I used a jar of Mt. Olive Dill Pickle relish (my fav) saves chopping up all of the pickles!! I didn’t understand the white onion but do after making it. YUM!!

  76. Regular dill pickles or kosher?

  77. Followed recipe exact…so very good!!! Then added celery, peas, and shrimp…LOVE THIS!! Gonna be a summer time regular at the table!!!

  78. I loooove pasta salad. I loooooove pickles (even more now with a bun in the oven!). This pasta salad is THE BEST I have ever had!!

    I grew up in the US, but live in Europe now…sad lack of garlicky dill pickles! I added a decent dose of garlic to the dressing to make up for the lack of garlic in pickle and juice. I also added diced ham, corn, and frozen peas to make it into a meal.

    This is the only pasta salad I will be making from now on. Absolutely a favorite with everyone in my home!!!

  79. Great recipe! It has been a huge hit at summer bbq’s! For those wondering about using different types of pickles – just try it! You can’t go wrong. I did mix of dill and my mom’s homemade Russian dills – DELISH! Thanks!

  80. What about using pene pasta instead? All I have in the house right now wasn’t sure if it would taste ok or turn out.

  81. While this looks like a really good salad… I can’t help but think that something is lacking in the presentation. Maybe something red would help ie’ tomatoes, red bell peppers or sundried tomatoes. I don’t know… just something to wake up the appearance.

  82. Love, Love, Love this! I only like dill pickles, (especially Gherkins) and most recipes ask for sweet. Even Mac-Salad, which is usually sweet, I sub Dill.
    Sometimes, it’s just nice to see the recipe exactly the way you will make it! Thank you.

  83. Friend made this and it was a big hit going to make it for my bbq this weekend crossing fingers

  84. I made this just like written the first time. It is to die for! I started making it the day before so it absorbs all the flavor over night. It is even better then to die for! Just before serving I add grated sharp cheddar cheese. It is a hit at picnics!

  85. chilling dowo salad!n for family reunion tomorrow. can’t wait, I think it would be awesome to sub potayoes for shells, a dilly potat

  86. This was really good. I wanted more in it so I added shredded carrots and extra pickles, that gave it the extra crunch that it needed!

  87. Holly this is so good I just snuck a bite before chilling for the night. What spices can I add to add more flavour? I can add more salt but I’m wondering if there is anything else that will work to give it a kick. Thanks!

    • I’m so glad you like it. Other spices you could add would be a touch more cayenne pepper, dry mustard, dill weed, garlic powder or salt & pepper.

  88. This caught my eye on Pinterest. I LOVE pickles so I really wanted to try it for my potluck BBQ today. OMG – I can’t tell you how many people wanted to know who made it and came up to me to tell me how good it was! People were even telling each other – “you gotta try the pickle salad.” It was the first salad that was gone – my serving bowl was completely EMPTY, not one piece of pasta left! Next time, I’m going to double it. Thanks for helping me be the potluck star!!!

  89. This salad is very good! If you like dill pickles, you will love it, but even if you dont, it is a very tasty summer salad. I am making it for the second time this month!

  90. I really want to make this for a family reunion. Does someone know how many servings this recipe is?

  91. OMG I already KNOW I will love this. Since I was a kid, I very often sit down with a pickle (or two) and a hunk of cheese! My granddaughter (19 months) is a pickleholic too and I cant wait to make this for her. Thanks!

  92. Love love love this pasta salad! I have made it twice and it has been gobbled up both times!

  93. Wonder what the nutritional info is on this…I just started a weight loss program. Sounds yummy!!!

  94. How far in advance can you make this salad? Or how long does it stay good refrigerated?

  95. Made this for a family get together at the cottage and it was a huge hit. My husband especially is a big fan of this dish! Thanks for an awesome recipe. I’d like to make it this weekend for a friends going away as well. She’s a huge pickle lover….but she’s vegan. Any suggestions?

    • I know you can get a vegan cheese and mayo product. I don’t follow a vegan lifestyle but you may need to check the ingredients list on your packages. For the sour cream I’d think subbing in a vegan yogurt type product would work just fine.

  96. I will try it all.

  97. This is the tastiest pasta salad I’ve ever made! My family eats it up in one sitting! Thank you.

  98. This salad is amazing; so simple & delicious! Thank you. Liz

  99. It’s even better with a packet of ranch..

  100. Think will love the dill pickle pasta salad recipe, in fact going to go make it now for tonight. Thanks for posting.

  101. Have made this pickle pasta salad about three times now and have never had anything but an empty bowl left to bring home. It’s about to go out to another neighborhood gathering. This salad just has so many textures and layers of flavors. Will probably be our standard pasta salad from now on.

  102. Hi, In the recipe of dill pickle pasta salad the ingredients mention white onion. Is it really a white onion or did you mean grrreen onions? Since you have already made and eaten this salad do you think green onions would be better? Every time I use white onions they seem to vary in taste. Some are super sharp and others have a more mild taste. White onions never seem to have a consistent taste. Maybe I just don’the know how to select them. Thank you for your time, Janet PS Are you sure about the mayonaise? Or do you mean salad dressing?

    • In this recipe I use white onion… you’re looking for the white onion with the white papery skin (not the white onion with the yellow/brownish paper skin). I did not use green onion in this recipe. Either mayonnaise or salad dressing would work in this recipe.

  103. What’s the calorie content in the dill pickle pasta salad?

  104. OMG I so Love your stuff my wife and I are going to start trying them she has made some of them but I plan on doing more when its my turn to cook

  105. I made this today and it was great. I added shredded chicken I had leftover.

  106. Just made this and I LOVE it! I plan on making this for Thanksgiving, but I’m definitely going to have to double the recipe! LOL I’m also thinking of using Apple Smoked Gruyere Cheese in place of the Cheddar, and sprinkle in some bacon bits. :)

  107. does the cayenne pepper make it hot my grandkids love dill pickles want to let them try this thanks in advance

  108. Any idea the nutrition facts of this dish?

  109. I make this all the time, but right before serving, I sprinkle with alter peanuts (not dry roasted). It adds an extra crunch!

  110. Easily my favorite cold pasta salad BY FAR! My husband really likes ham chunks added in as a little twist to the recipe.

  111. Bet this would taste good with some diced ham init!

  112. I’m thinking tuna would be good in this.

  113. Fantastic idea Holly! We’ll replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt (as it isn’t sold here in Greece), but your recipe is truly amazing!
    Thanx so much for sharing this!
    Mirella and Panos

  114. Ive made this twice and it is sooooo yummy. Thank u for the great recipe

  115. We love this one!!!!

  116. I also add shrimp to this salad. Yummy

  117. Just made with a few slight adjustments due to what I had on hand…Pretty flippin’ good. Going to be hard to wait an hour…

  118. I’m on Weight Watchers and would love the nutrition information so I can see HOW MANY points this dill pickle pasta recipe would be on WW.

  119. I couldn’t tell which size shell pasta you are using. Is it the very small ones, or a little larger. This would certainly make a difference in the absorption of the dressing. I am anxious to try this.

  120. This looks incredible. My grandma is Polish and makes doll pickle soup (which I make now) and it’s amazing!!

  121. Would you recommend mild or sharp cheddar?

  122. Thank you for the Pickle Pasta salad recipe! It was great just as written however, I added a cup of cold peas & a sprinkle of bacon bits for a bit more color. Thanks again!

  123. This looks so good! I’m a huge fan of pickles, and you have some of the best recipes for them! YUM! Definitely going to make this soon.

  124. I made it with replacements I already happened to have in the kitchen…orzo pasta, a little chopped celery instead of onion, and blue cheese dressing rather than mayo. It made a great side dish with hot wings. It was a hit with everyone in the family. Thanks!

  125. I always have it for holidays and I love it. It’s my favorite pasta.

  126. Is there a substitute for cayenne? I am not a fan and we do not have any in the house.

  127. I have made this recipe 5 times, every one asks for the recipe. It is my favorite salad.

  128. Dill pickles are my favourite food; the rest of my household likes them well enough but doesn’t love them the way I do, and my husband hates onion, so I wasn’t sure how this would go over. I made it pretty much just like the recipe says, except that I chopped the pickles more, shredded the cheese, and as I had no fresh dill but plenty of dried, I mixed 2 tsp dried dill in with the sauce rather than 2 tbsp fresh in with the other salad ingredients. Anyway, it went over very well! My husband has even asked me to make it in a larger quantity for a big family gathering. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  129. This is my new, most favorite pasta salad! We have made two huge batches in two weeks :D We actually leave the dill and onions out for people to add on their own since we have those that like them and those that don’t. I can’t recommend enough!

  130. Sounds delicious!! Thank you for the hint about the white onion. I love learning new tips on what to look for in fresh foods.

  131. Holly,

    The dill pickle pasta salad is awesome! It’s definitely a keeper to be used over and over again.

    I would like to try this with sweet pickles. Besides the pickles, what adjustments would you make to the recipe to do this? What would you substitute for fresh dill? Would you use a different kind of cheese? I’m needing some help. Thank you!

    • I’m so glad you loved it! I would leave the dill in, it adds a little bit of freshness.

      As for cheese, I always love the combination of sweet pickles with swiss.

  132. Sounds delicious, can’t wait to try it!

  133. Plenty of salads choices for the next two weeks!!

  134. Do you have to use shell noodles

  135. Is this receipe still good if made 2 days in advance and refrigerated of course?

    • I love it even more after the first day, so I think it will be great if stored and served after 2 days.

  136. Looks delicious

  137. Would making this the night before make the taste any different?

  138. It was so beautiful in our area for Easter that we decided to grill. This was a perfect side for our grilled chicken and vegetables. I have yet to meet a recipe of yours that my family and I don’t like! You have a great blog!

  139. I am a pickle freak!!!! I can’t get enough. My favorite is the Vlasik zesty dill. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Where did your sister find the pickle pops??? Must have.

  140. This was very good! Would make over & over again.

  141. How far ahead can yoh make this and have it sit? I need it for an evening potluck and hope to make it the day before. Thanks!!

  142. this is a fabulous recipe. Made it yesterday and again today with a few changes. Love pickles so I added more and I added pickled onions today. I also grated the cheese instead of cubes. This is definitely a recipe I will recommend to friends and family. Thank you.

  143. This salad looks absolutely delicious! I just started putting bread and butter pickles on my salads and it has been the best decision I’ve made in a while! I love cold pasta salads as well, so having a recipe like this in my repertoire would be fantastic. I also like to make my own bread and butter pickles so having my own homemade touch on the salad is something I would take pride in. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  144. I am in LOVE with this pasta salad..everyone that has tried it felt the same and I find myself writing down the recipe for them! Thank you for this yummy twist on pasta salad!!

  145. Thank you for sharing your recipe, I made it for our family cookout and it was a big hit so very good. I was wondering how it would be if I used dark chocolate instead of the white? I love dark chocolate with raspberries.

  146. I made your salad and I also made a white chocolate raspberry swirl cheesecake. I did make your Dill pickle pasta salad and everyone loved it, it was very good and so easy to make. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  147. I make a similar pasta salad, however I use diced sweet pickles, diced cheddar cheese add diced ham along with my pasta of choice. I also keep it simple by using ranch dressing. I’ll have to try yours too. Thanks for sharing.

  148. Great pasta salad and everyone loved it. If you like dill pickles this one’s for you! Thanks for recipe – will no doubt make again.

  149. Scheduled to share in my Aldi community!! Its recipe week! :)

  150. Hi. the pickle pasta salad looks good. I would like to take it to a graduation party. can this be made and refrigerate 4 – 8 hours? will it keep the taste and the dressing won’t get watery?

  151. Hi Holly. Since you love dill pickles, I was wondering if you’ve made Dill Pickle Soup? I make it in the winter months. And I’m the only one here that’ll eat it, lol.

  152. OMG!!! So good! I used plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream, as that was what I had on hand, and what I prefer to use in dressings. Delicious…will become a potluck staple!

  153. I had this at a Canada day bbq (my cousin made it) and loved it so much that I’m making it again right now for my husband! I’m a huge pickle fan and this really fits the bill! I also love the combo of sour cream and mayo in the dressing!

  154. Love this recipe! I make it every summer now!

  155. OMG…this was so flipping good! And a hit by everyone! This will be my new go to pasta salad!

  156. Great dish!! I added lots of cayenne pepper (didn’t measure) and next time i would definitely reduce..between cayenne pepper and onions it made it too spicy. I would add more pickles and maybe even a relish as i don’t taste the pickle juice just to add flavour. Otherwise, definitely will make again!

  157. I’ve made this twice, and going for a third time today! Even my husband, who claims to hate pickles (he’s delusional ), loves it! It’s a new favorite…thank you! 

    • I am so glad you liked this recipe! I hope maybe this will help change your hubby’s opinion of pickles!!

  158. I made it and my kids loved it. That they eat it all. Thank you.

  159. I made this recipe and both my husband and son loved it requesting to make sure to make it again. I have and now have requests for the recipe. Big hit for a great summer salad

  160. I havent even chilled it yet and its delicious. I am a huge fan of dill pickles but was wary of having an entire dish dedicated to it. This turned out so well, a perfect balance of flavors. I think I will have to make this in double batches though if anyone else is going to have a chance to taste it. Thanks for the recipe!

  161. Carbs + pickles + cheese? Pregnant lady dream right there. I’m SO making this.

  162. This was excellent! I made double batch and was gone by the next day lol. This family of 5 Will be making this regularly. Thank you!

  163. To start off, I actually really dislike pasta salad, but I ADORE this recipe. We had a family gathering and my job was to bring a pasta salad. I found this recipe and it was love at first taste. This was also a hit with the family! I’ve made it twice since and I have not met one person that doesn’t enjoy it! Everyone should try this recipe! It’s easy to make, makes a lot and stays good for several days

  164. Hi Holly
    What tipe of mayonnaise do you use?

  165. Made this recipe exactly as is and it was delicious! Even better the next day!

  166. Luckily, I doubled this recipe for a picnic recently-EVERYBODY LOVED IT! I will be making this again, it’s my new, favorite, summer pasta salad. Yummalicious!

  167. I just submitted previous comment and it was supposed to have 5 stars, didn’t realize the the 5th star didn’t “take”.

  168. This was delicious, I was wondering what the hold time on this was once it was made and refrigerated.
    Thanks!

  169. this is one of the most easiest and delicious pastas I have ever made.

  170. I’m planning on featuring this post is a roundup for Fire-Free (make ahead) Camping Meals.

  171. I’ve made this recipe for multiple church functions. When I mention that I’m bringing my Dill Pickled Pasta Salad, the response is always a fist pump and an, “OH, Yeh!” Very good and tastes great the next 2-3 days after.my families favorite pasta salad.

  172. Made this twice now, my husband and I love it! I usually add a tad more cheese and sweet pickles to the mix. Yummy!!

  173. My daughter-in-law loves pickles, pickles, and more pickles…..can’t wait to make this for her. Thanks for the recipe!!

  174. Everyone, family and friends, loves this salad. Best if refrigerated few hours before serving. Sometimes I throw in some small cooked shrimp and sprinkle in some Old Bay seasoning.. yummy!

  175. Instead of small cubed cheddar I shredded it. I don’t like large chunks of cheese in pasta salad. Other than that I kept pretty true to the recipe and it was DELICIOUS! My girls loved it too!

  176. Loved it!  Making it again now!!

  177. A M A Z I N G!

  178. I made this for a family gathering and received many compliments !! Thank you !

  179. I made this salad for my sons bday party. With 20 guests, I doubled the recipe. I used dill and sweet pickles. This salad is delish! I made it the morning of, and it was in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Next time I will make it the night before to give it a more robust taste. Eating it the next morning for breakfast, I realized how much more flavorful it was today vs yesterday. This will definitely be put in the rotation for family get togethers. Thanks for posting this recipe, I found it on Pinterest. 

  180. I made this recipe for a barbecue for 45 people. It was the first side to go and people were asking for more! In fact, the weeks later I am making it again for our family to enjoy. Outstanding!

  181. On my, where was this when I was pregnant three years in a row? This is my last pregnancy, and this really hits the spot. It is so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing! ✍ Writing this down to save for more occasions. I’m actually going to take it to our dinner at church Sunday and see how they like it.♨ Have you by chance tried putting chopped chicken in this recipe? (If so how did it taste?)

  182. Thank you for this recipe. It has become a family favorite for Sunday dinner with the in-laws!

  183. So happy to find pasta salad with regular ingredients that I had in hand! Only thing I did differently was use elbow macaroni rather than the shells. Only because that’s what I had. We loved this recipe! I know I will be making this time & time again!

  184. Delicious, used whar I had on hand so left out sour cream and puf in sliced blacj olives.

  185. This dish is a family favorite! I make it all the time and the family just eats it all! Considering that I love pickles, this dish is just for me!

  186. I love this recipe! I made a version the same way, but with olives. It was fantastic, and it is so versatile you can add or take away anything you want. I did not include onions, but I did add onion powder. It was very tasty, and quick to make!

  187. I rarely leave a comment, but this is delicious!!  I used my own canned dill pickles and followed the recipe to a T.  The family loved it!

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