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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

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. 

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword dill pickle, pasta salad, side dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Fridge Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Author Jessica - Together as Family

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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. 

 

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

 

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

 

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.