Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad will be an instant favorite! Tender spiral pasta, 2 cups of diced pickles, cheese, and onion covered in a ultra creamy homemade dill dressing with pickle juice.ย 

dill pickle pasta salad recipe


I have no words for this dill pickle pasta salad. If you’re not a fan of pickles then you may just want to look away ๐Ÿ™‚

But if 2 cups of chopped pickles + pickle juice is your thing, then I know you will love this pasta salad recipe that is loaded with dill pickle flavor.ย 

Close up shot of dill pickle pasta salad with creamy homemade dill dressing

Rotini Pasta. This is the best pasta for any pasta salad, but especially this one because the spiral curves of the pasta soak up all that pickle goodness.ย 

Baby Dill Pickles. The baby dills are small so they’re much easier to cut for this salad. Plus, I think the baby dill pickles are crunchier and taste better.ย 

Mayonnaise. Please, please use REAL mayonnaise. Not miracle whip. Not the lite stuff. The real stuff because it tastes so much better. I am not a fan of mayonnaise to begin with, but you need it in pasta salads, and if I am going to eat it then it needs to be the real stuff.ย 

Colby Jack Cheese. You really can use any cheese but I have found the Colby Jack to be the best. Make sure you dice the cheese really small. See my pictures below.ย 

Ingredients for dill pickle pasta salad

Dill Pickle Juice. No this is not an extra ingredient. Although I wonder if they sell bottles of straight up dill pickle juice? Anyways, you will just need to use some of the juice from the pickle jar for this recipe.ย 

White Onion. Yes it’s very specific and yes you will want to use the white onion. A yellow onion will be too strong (onion flavor wise) and the white will blend in with the dressing and pasta. With that said, I would not skip the onion. It adds such a needed flavor profile to this salad. Make sure you finely dice it so no one ends up with big chunks of onion in their pasta salad.ย 

Sour Cream. I have used light sour cream with great results in this recipe. It adds a smoothness and creaminess to the salad.ย 

Creamy homemade dill dressing for dill pickle pasta salad


  • This salad can be served right away or refrigerated for 1-2 hours before serving if you prefer a cold pasta salad. I prefer it cold so I refrigerate it for a couple of hours. As with any pasta salad, the longer it sits in the fridge the dressing will thicken up. Which is why I prefer this salad only after a couple hours in the fridge, that way it is still creamy but also cold too.ย 
  • You can use any pasta but I highly recommend the rotini spiral pasta.ย 
  • Again, you can use any cheese you want but I’ve found that the mild and creamy flavor of the Colby-Jack is the best in this recipe.ย 
  • If you decide to experiment with using Greek yogurt instead of mayo or sour cream, just know that it will change the end result slightly (taste wise). I am sure it would work just fine if you decide you wanted to try.
  • Fresh dill is best in this recipe but dried dill can be substituted. You can find fresh dill in the refrigerated area of the produce section. Make sure to wash it and chop it finely before adding it into the dressing.ย 

Dill Pickle Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Close up shot of dill pickle pasta salad with creamy homemade dill dressing
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Prep Time
30 mins
Fridge Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad will be an instant favorite! Tender spiral pasta, 2 cups of diced pickles, cheese, and onion covered in a ultra creamy homemade dill dressing with pickle juice.ย 

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dill pickle, pasta salad, side dish
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
  • 1 box (16 oz) rotini pasta
  • 1/3 cup dill pickle juice (from the pickle jar)
  • 2 cups chopped baby dill pickles
  • 1 block (8 oz) Colby Jack cheese, cubed small
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
Creamy Dill Dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup dill pickle juice (from the pickle jar)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (or 1 tablespoon dried dill)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Don't forget to add some salt to the boiling water before adding the pasta. I add about 1 teaspoon, give or take.

  2. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Add 1/3 cup of the pickle juice to the drained and rinsed pasta and let it sit while you prepare the rest.

    (Move the pasta from the colander into a mixing bowl and then add the pickle juice)

  3. Chop the dill pickles, and cheese into small cubes/pieces. Finely chop the white onion.

  4. Drain the pasta again that was sitting in the pickle juice. Add it to a large bowl along with the chopped pickles, cheese, and white onion.

  5. In small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and pour over the pasta salad. Stir everything together to combine well. Salad can be eaten right away but I prefer it cold, and if you do too, then cover it and refrigerate it for 1-2 hours.

  6. I would recommend not making this too far ahead of time. For best results serve this salad within a few hours of making it. Either right away or after the refrigeration time. Leftovers do keep well in the fridge (are still delicious) but the dressing thickens up and it's not as "creamy" as when you first make it).

Recipe Notes

Use any dill pickles you want. I prefer the baby dills cause they are already small in shape so it's easier to chop them small.ย 


For best taste and texture use the real, full-fat mayonnaise. I prefer the Best Foods OR Hellman's brand.ย 


If you want some heat then add a pinch (or two) of cayenne pepper to the dressing.ย 


Any cheese or pasta can be used in this recipe but after testing it out, rotini and Colby Jack cheese tastes the best in this salad.ย 


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  • Reply
    May 23, 2019 at 5:12 pm This is so good. Light and creamy. Good summer go to recipe.

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      June 4, 2019 at 9:20 pm They do sell dill pickle juice at Wal-Mart. It's on the top shelf of the pickle aisle right next to the pickle pops.

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        Together As Family
        June 4, 2019 at 10:01 pm What?! How have I not known about this, haha :) That would have come in handy when I was last pregnant. I would eat multiple jars of pickles a day and sometimes sip the liquid.... it's gross now that I say that out loud but it was so good at the time! :)
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          June 5, 2019 at 10:04 pm I did that when I was pregnant too! I'm so excited to try this recipe.
          • Together As Family
            June 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm Pickles are the best :) Enjoy!
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    May 28, 2019 at 12:12 pm Yummmm, this looks amazing! I think I'm going to make this for this weekend but use Spicy Kosher dills instead. Thanks for the idea!!
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      Together As Family
      May 31, 2019 at 10:16 pm Spicy dill sounds delicious! Enjoy :)
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    June 7, 2019 at 4:14 am I made this for a church supper. I diced Mt Olive Kosher Petite dill pickles and used 4 oz of Cabot Alpine Sharp Cheddar cheese and 4 oz of Cabot Seriously Sharp cheddar cheese. Ummmmm this was so good! The longer it sat the better it got! My husband said I need to make it about 4 days before I plan to serve it. Not a single pickle cube survived!

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      Together As Family
      June 7, 2019 at 5:59 pm haha, I love it! I am so guilty of picking out the pickle cubes in this salad! So happy to hear this was a hit.
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    Cyndi in NC
    June 29, 2019 at 12:26 pm I hate to be a stickler but Best Foods and Hellman's are the same thing. I put this here so there's no confusion by someone looking for both of them in the same store. Hellmann's and Best Foods - Wikipedia "Hellmann's and Best Foods. Hellmann's and Best Foods are brand names that are used for the same line of mayonnaise and other food products. The Hellmann's brand is sold in the United Kingdom, the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, Latin America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Canada, and South Africa."
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      Together As Family
      June 29, 2019 at 9:02 pm Yes, I know they're the same brand. I only wrote that in my blog post because I used to live on the East Coast and they sold Hellmann's and now that we moved to the west coast they sell Best Foods. So depending on where you live you may see one or the other :)
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    June 30, 2019 at 4:04 pm I loved this salad. We had it less than a week ago and Iโ€™m making it again today. And I didnโ€™t mind it a bit the next day. It was a little drier, but the flavors blended nicely. So good!!

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      Together As Family
      July 7, 2019 at 10:34 pm Yes, the salad does get a bit drier the day after but like you said, the flavor seems to be even better, so no one seems to mind! So happy to hear you loved this.
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    Avis Lind
    August 11, 2019 at 9:13 am How many servings?
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      Together As Family
      August 15, 2019 at 10:41 am A lot! haha :) It's so hard to say a serving amount because it makes a lot but it also depends on how much each person takes. Is it for a potluck? Dinner? I would safely say that this salads feeds 12-15 as a side dish.
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    August 14, 2019 at 2:52 pm Love it. Light with plenty of flavor

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