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!


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.

* cheer * yay * cheer *

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 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!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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!


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

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  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
Calories: 296, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 636mg, Potassium: 98mg, Carbohydrates: 23g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 6g, Vitamin A: 4.2%, Vitamin C: 0.1%, Calcium: 9.1%, Iron: 2.9%

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

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  1. Your Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is now one of my favorite. I love pasta salads. I love dill pickles. I added hard cooked eggs and sliced black olives. Keep them coming.

  2. My husband loves bread and butter pickles so I used them instead of dill. We both loved it. The pickles were the only thing I substituted.

    1. Delicious. Didn’t have fresh dill so used dried. When wanted protein to my helping I added tuna but I think ham would be delicious too. A hit with my husband

  3. Made the Dill Pickle salad with Bread and Butter pickles, my husbands favorite, and it was wonderful. Added a cup of chopped celery for a but more crunch. We love pasta salad and this is now in first place.

  4. I just wanted to report the funny results I got with this recipe. I made it thinking it might be the perfect cold side for sandwiches at our beach house.Wow, what a good choice! My brothers and their wives (none of whom like pickles much) were raving about the salad. My father, a southerner, loved it and said it tasted like something his Mom would make. The highest compliment, in my book! My mother, a northerner who hates anything labeled “salad” that has ingredients like mayonnaise or sour cream, surreptitiously went for seconds :) I can’t wait to make it again!!

  5. Always a hit in our house! Always served with some kind of BBQ’d meat.

    Just an FYI to save you time when you make this, 4 Tbsp = 1/4 cup. :)


  6. I absolutely love this pasta, and so does everybody I’ve fed it to. My only gripe: In a world where I could have my own prep cook, this would take 5 minutes to cut up the pickles, the cheese, the onion, the dill; then make a batch of dressing; then put everything together. That’s just crazy. Not possible. I would say about 20 minutes for prep — there are dishes to be gathered, even if you have all your ingredients nicely laid out. Still, I love the pasta. And it was worth the time.

  7. This is soooooooooooooooooooo good! This is a 5-star+++ recipe!!!

    We’ve been enjoying this all summer. I prefer ditalini (salad) pasta because shells tend to nest and under cook.

    BTW, it’s also great with gluten free pastas. Only caveat is make small batches because GF pastas stale quickly-develop a grainy texture (chew). I’ve discovered that cooking them to done plus a minute (vice al dente) increases the texture-life of the pasta. I’ve found only one source for GF Italian ditalini pasta.

  8. I made a double batch of this for a work potluck today.
    It was a big hit and was all gone at the end of the day.
    The only changes I made were using dried dill weed instead of fresh, and I also forgot to drain the pickle juice off of the pasta after soaking it. Guess what? It was still great. I won’t drain the juice next time I make this, and I will be making it again. Yummy!

  9. We love the recipe but wanted it a bit sweeter, so I use half sweet midgie pickles and half sweet pickle juice instead of all dill pickles and juice. Really good!! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  10. SUCH YUMMINESS!!! THIS is to-die-for and even making a double batch yielded NO leftovers. I accidentally used way more white onion than suggested (like, 5 times as much) and substituted Old Bay for cayenne with marvelous results. I don’t think there is any way to mess this up. ;-) Thank you for the tip about adding the garlic bits from the pickle juice, I think that really bumped up the flavour (I added ALL of them from two jars of Bicks Ultimate Garlic Pickles). If I didn’t have those pickled garlic bits, I would’ve minced some fresh garlic into the dressing anyway. My hubby, who detests pasta salad, had three helpings!!

  11. THE best!! This was the only recipe from a huge backyard BBQ that was requested afterwards so that says lots. I doubled the recipe, made it the night before, and it was just perfect. I totally forgot fresh dill at the store so used the “1/3” rule for dried, and didn’t notice to drain the pickle juice from the pasta so it ended up in the mix along with everything else. It was so good; I’m not going to drain the pickle juice ever!!

  12. Can this recipe be doubled (or tripled or more) or do any of the ingredient amounts need to be altered if the batch size increases? I LOVE this salad and I get asked to bring it to functions. I need to bring a huge batch to this weekend’s festivities.

  13. How many does this recipe serve? I’m making it for a large crowd and need to know whether to double or triple it.

  14. I just made this for supper tonight and it was awesome!!! I just added a little bit more cheese and dill pickles cause I love them.

  15. Going to make this for a party tomorrow and I’m wondering if it’s ok to make the day before? Will it still be good and not get soggy?

    1. It should be just fine the next day. If you’d like you can prepare the ingredients and combine them the day of your event.

  16. I just made this salad for the first time today.  I love it!!! I added broccoli for the crunchiness and color.  SO good!!!  My new favorite pasta salad! Thank you for sharing! 

  17. I don’t eat pasta so made this recipe using cauliflower and replaced the sour cream with ff Greek yogurt. it was absolutely amazing. We absolutely love pickles so this was a real winner. Everyone at the potluck complimented it!

  18. Fabulous recipe! I’m so glad I found it. I added chopped celery for crunch, tuna for protein and substituted white for Vidalia onion.

  19. This looks so delicious! I just made a pickle pasta salad yesterday with spicy dills… was so good! Do you think this would still taste okay without the cheese?

        1. I love the cheese too, but for those who cannot have, better to have it with no cheese than not at all :) Happy to hear your wife LOVES this pasta salad Daniel!

  20. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. To say that this is delicious is a gross understatement. This flat ROCKS!!! Exactly the flavors we were looking for in a nice, refreshing, summer salad.

    I added more pickles – but then we like pickles. I sent the recipe to a chef friend of mine to try. I’m intrigued by the method you used of tossing then marinating the pasta in the pickle juice. Brilliant.

    1. Thank you for the great feedback Dave! So glad to hear you love this recipe! It is great for summer especially!

  21. As a child of the 60’s I was strangely attracted to this potentially disgusting recipe. I’m glad my inner child is still hanging around BECAUSE IT IS FABULOUS! It’s now my go-to take along for summer BBQ’s.

  22. I love this recipe and I have to say is probly one of the best salads I’ve ever made, I skip the Cayenne pepper and used course shredded cheese in place but I would recommend that it needs to sit more than 1 hour if not 24 hours before serving
    Delish. 5 thumbs

  23. I’m going to add white onion for hot, purple onion for sweet and green onion for color, along with some sliced black olives, chunks of ham and I think I’ll sprinkle in whole peppercorns to see how that all works together. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Hehe, it looks delish, can’t wait to taste it!

  24. Hello! I’m making this for Memorial Day and I need to double it. I was wondering if I should double all of the ingredients (except the cayenne pepper) or would doubling the pickle juice make it too salty. Doubling recipes is not always as easy as it sounds! Thanks in advance. 

  25. Great taste! I used a whole vidalia small onion and didn’t dice it really small because I love the onion flavor.

      1. I made this yesterday for the first time, and it was excellent! I had leftovers today, even better when the flavors had a chance to meld. 5-Stars!

  26. I made this once last year and loved it. Making it again and can’t remember – Do I add the 1/2 cup of pickle juice to the dressing/chopped pickles/cheese/etc? So is it you soak the pasta in 1/2 cup AND add 1/2 cup to the dressing? Or just 1/2 cup to soak the pasta?

    1. In step 2, you toss cold pasta with about 1/2 cup of pickle juice and set aside for about 5 minutes. Drain & discard pickle juice. In step 3, you combine all dressing ingredients, which includes 4 tablespoons pickle juice. Hope that helps Mary. Enjoy!

      1. Saw this recipe a couple of days ago and could not wait to make it! It’s delicious! Can you tell me why you have to drain the pickle juice off the pasta? Why not use that with the dressing?

        1. You can certainly use it in the dressing as well, there is a too much juice so it would make the salad runny if you used all of it. :)

  27. I love the flavour, but found the dressing to be a bit soupy, so maybe will try with a little less pickle juice or else more sour cream. also I’m a cheese fiend, so more cheese cubes!

  28. Have made this recipe countless times . Always a favorite !! I don’t use the cayenne in the dressing but the rest is the same!

  29. I love love dill pickles my brother would laugh at me because the way I would get them like corn on the cob but I am goin to print and make all of these dill dishes

  30. This is literally the best pasta salad recipe EVER!! I have made it no less than 10 times since discovering it. It gets raves everywhere I take it and it makes the best warm weather lunch when paired with a sandwich. I cannot thank you enough for this recipe! If you love pickles, then you must make this, you will not be disappointed!

  31. Quelle belle et délicieuse recette! Au fil du temps et des occasions, elle se prête bien à différents ajouts ou modifications. Moi, à la sauce, j’ai ajouté 2 bonnes cuillères à table de Miracle Whip et une autre de sucre. J’ai également mis de la ciboulette hachée et remplacé le poivre de cayenne par de la sauce Sriracha. Je compte essayer une version avec du jambon et aussi des crevettes. Ah oui, pour l’aneth frais, j’ai plus que doublé la quantité car nous aimons beaucoup cette fine herbe. Un gros merci du Québec (CANADA) pour cette suggestion de salade.

  32. This was amazing!! I keep sneaking forkfuls out of the fridge. I didn’t have any sour cream or mayo on hand, but I had some non-fat plain Greek yogurt and it worked really well! I just added a bit extra pickle juice since the yogurt doesn’t have that tanginess. Everyone loved it!

  33. I made this to take as a side to my In-Laws one day and everyone fell in love with it. It is now a request any time we go to a family members for dinner, especially Holidays. I initially made it because I wanted to bring a pasta salad I would eat, had no idea we would all love it this much.

  34. I’ve always loved pickles, both dill and sweet, so this recipe looks great to me.  I’ve no sense of smell/taste any more, due to illness, but I plan to make the salad as my husband has seen the recipe and wants to try it.  And I’ll probably make this for our next family gathering too.  It looks like a very versatile recipe.  Thanks to the many commentators for their suggestions on additions to the recipe too.  I may have to try some of those down the road as well.  

    1. Made this two days ago, just as recipe was written, and my husband loves it!  Even though I can’t taste it at all, the textures are very nice and I enjoy it as well.  So this ones a definite ‘keeper’.  Thanks again!

  35. My boss sends me recipe “suggestion” to make.. and bring to work. lol
    SO making this tonight…. Heading to the grocery store, adding shells to the list

    I order DUKES Mayo on ebay or Amazon.. It’s a southern Mayo, and it’s “Da Bomb” !!!!
    And Best Foods/Hellmans is my back-up when I’m out of Dukes…. Check it out sometime !!
    I’m a Mayo Freak… Dip french fries in it, etc.. I could eat it like yogurt… “Could,” not that I do

    Milwaukees Best pickles would be great in this..
    I’ve got them here in Vegas before, need to remember where

    I’ve got a few recipes now that need pickle juice… wish they sold it separately in jars like vinegar

  36. This is an AMAZING pasta salad! I’ve made it several times and everyone loves it. The idea of dill pickles being a main ingredient did sound a bit strange at first, but this is a REALLY good pasta salad!

  37. This is a very tasty recipe. I have made 4 times. I love it. I don’t like cubes of chseese so I shred ny cheese and chop my pickles.

  38. At first I was like, no way, this can’t be good. But then I made it because I love all these ingredients. I LOVED this….so yummy. You are a genius!

  39. Absolutely perfect!! I’ve made it several times, it’s perfect to bring to potlucks as it holds up really well and the flavors just get better & better. I know once people try it they will love it, so I actually secretly hope no one will try it so I have more to take home LOL. It’s so good! If you like pickles, this is a must try. I’ve never modified a thing, it’s great as is.

  40. 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!

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

  43. 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!

  44. 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?)

  45. 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!

  46. 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. 

  47. 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!

  48. 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!

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

  50. 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.

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

  52. 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!

  53. 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

  54. 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!

  55. 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!

  56. 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

  57. 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! 

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

  58. 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!

  59. 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!

  60. 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!

  61. 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.

  62. 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?

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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!!

  68. 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!

  69. 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.

  70. 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!!

  71. 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.

  72. 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!

  73. 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!

    1. 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.

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

  75. 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!

  76. 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!

  77. 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!

  78. 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.

  79. 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!

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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…

  83. 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

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

  85. 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. :)

  86. 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

  87. 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?

    1. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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?

    1. 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.

  90. 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!

  91. 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!

  92. 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!!!

  93. 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!

    1. 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.

  94. 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!

  95. 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

  96. 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!

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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!

  101. 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!!!

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

  103. 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!!

  104. 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!!!

  105. 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! .

  106. 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!

  107. 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!

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

  109. 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

  110. 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!!

    1. Ok we ate it….well I knew we would love it and we did!!!!! I can’t wait to make it for summer bbqs and as a meal with chicken in it. This salad is amazing!!! Our tummies are very happy

  111. 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. :)

  112. 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

  113. 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.

  114. 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.

    1. 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!

  115. 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?

    1. 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!

  116. 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.

  117. 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.

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

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

    1. Yes, if you substitute dried dill you will only need about 2 teaspoons. I would suggest stirring it into the dressing. Enjoy!

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

  120. 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!

    1. 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!

  121. 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!

    1. 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!

    2. 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. ;)

  122. 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.

    1. Can you substitute the 2 tablespoons of fresh dill with dill weed, if so, how much of the dill weed would you use?

      1. Fresh is best if possible in this recipe. If you use dried, I would suggest using 2 teaspoons and adding it right into the dressing.

  123. 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

  124. 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.

  125. 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.

  126. 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.

  127. 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…..?

    1. The cayenne adds a tiny bit of heat but it doesn’t make it too spicy. You can certainly leave it out or try adding less.

  128. 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.

    1. 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! :)

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

  130. 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

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

      1. We have dairy allergies in our house. What would you suggest instead of sour cream? Maybe leave it out? This sounds amazing. Thank you for the recipe

  132. 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?

    1. 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.

  133. 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

    1. I substituted canned diced carrots for the cheese and added celery. Very tasty on a hot day and better for my heart.

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

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

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

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

    1. 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.

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

    1. I haven’t subbed in olive but that sounds delish! I do usually use Hellmann’s mayo (or Hellmann’s light).

  139. 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

  140. 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!!!

  141. 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?

    1. 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!

      1. I did half mayo and half plain Greek yogurt, just to cut calories a bit (I loooove mayo though haha) it seems to have not compromised the taste, but I never tried it full mayo before either.

    2. 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!

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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!

  142. 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.

  143. 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?)

    1. 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!

    1. We started making this at the beach last year, and now we make it ALL THE TIME. It’s requested at family get togethers, work parties, and at home. This is the only pasta salad I make now.