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Clear bowl of mixed dill pickle pasta salad with extra cheese, pickles and onions on the side.

Creamy Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Whip up a batch of these creamy dill pickle pasta salad for your next holiday or picnic. Pasta salad with dill pickles has a ton of flavor, texture and kills it at potlucks. If you're into pasta salad recipes, this one is a must make.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta Recipe, Pickle recipe, Picnic Recipe
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 419kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $12.00


Pasta Salad:

  • 8 oz Pasta Shells
  • ½ cup Pickle Juice
  • 1 cup Diced Dill Pickles (*Note 1)
  • 6 oz Cheddar Cheese, Cubed
  • 3 tbsp Finely Diced White Onion

Pasta Salad Dressing:

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ cup Pickle Juice
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Dill
  • 1 tsp Yellow Mustard
  • ½ tsp Garlic Salt
  • Black Pepper, To Taste


  • Add all the dressing ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside for the flavor to meld while the pasta cooks.
  • Cook pasta al dente, according to the package directions. Transfer the shells to a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
  • Toss the pasta with 1/2 cup of pickle juice and let soak in for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cooked pasta, diced pickles, diced cheese and onion to a large bowl along with the dressing. Toss well to combine.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour before serving.


Note 1 - Like spice? Sometimes I sub in spicy wicked brand pickles!
Note 2 - If you're making this the night before, whip up two batches of the dressing. Most of the dressing is soaked up overnight so you'll want to mix in some extra dressing before serving to keep the creamy consistency.


Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 926mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 367IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 1mg
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