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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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 on a plate with two pickles on top


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 ingredients in a clear glass bowl before mixing together

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 in a small bowl with a bigger bowl of it in the background

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 on a plate with two pickles on top
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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

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!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
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  • ½ pound dry shell pasta about 3 cups
  • ¾ cup pickles sliced
  • cup cheddar cheese diced
  • 3 tablespoons white onion finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • ½ cup pickle juice


  • cup mayonnaise
  • cup sour cream
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons pickle juice
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Boil pasta al dente according to package directions. Run under cold water to stop cooking.
  • Toss cold pasta with about ½ cup of pickle juice and set aside for about 5 minutes. Drain & discard pickle juice.
  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.


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Nutrition Information

Calories: 296 | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 636mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. Made this for a party last year..it was awesome! Making it this summer again, so glad I remembered it.5 stars

  2. finally tried this recipe and it’s delish! I made a small modification however and used Dill harvarti instead of Cheddar. will definitely make this again!5 stars

  3. This is my go to pasta salad recipe! The pickle juice is what makes the difference. I always make a double batch because if I don’t, I’ll be making it again the same day! True story! Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!5 stars

  4. I’ve made this many times and it’s always a hit. I’ve even used a little bit of cream cheese and mini cucumbers to the mix. A fab favorite every time.5 stars

  5. I made this Pasta Salad over the weekend. My family loved it so much they all took leftovers home. I don’t measure I eyeball it and add it in. At the end I also I added a bit of powdered Ranch to the dressing. It was amazing! This is going to be my go to pasta salad from now on. I usually have all the stuff to make it in my fridge and pantry at all times.

  6. I just finished making this salad and it is very delicious! Followed it exactly, except for the pasta(used what I had on hand, elbows). So simple to make and very tasty! Will continue to use this recipe 5 stars

  7. Wonderful salad. Will definitely add it to the list of recipes that I must make for every bbq.
    Question: can this salad be frozen?? I made a huge batch and I really want to save some for a future event.5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Kristy. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  8. Absolutely delicious! Best pasta salad I’ve ever made. My husband who isn’t a pasta salad fan loves it! Ty for the recipe.5 stars

  9. One of my favorite pasta salads. Just the right zing. Your site is also my go to for any recipe. Thank you5 stars

  10. This may sound a little weird but I had to add some sugar to sweeten it up a bit and added some red peppers and little bites of broccoli as well and it is great!5 stars

  11. I love this recipe. I want to make it for every potluck I go to so I can eat it! I reversed the sour cream and mayo ratio to use 2/3 cup sour cream and 1/3 cup mayo because I am not a mayo fan and it is delicious. I also subbed green onions for white. Yum.5 stars

  12. Will always give this recipe a 5 star review! We dull it down by not adding the onion, personal preference, but it’s ALWAYS a hit!5 stars

  13. Can I just say a big thank you for creating recipes that print out on one page?! You are my hero! I usually have to copy and paste into Word and remove a bunch of unnecessary steps. You are brilliant!5 stars