If you’re a pickle lover… this recipe is for you.
It’s time to retire boring pasta salad recipes and make this dill pickle pasta salad instead!
Unlike most pasta salads, this one has a creamy dressing and is packed with fresh dill, plenty of pickle juice, dill pickles, and more!
Why you’ll love this creamy dill pickle pasta salad
It’s packed with flavor. You can thank the creamy dressing, fresh dill, pickle juice, and crunchy dill pickles for that!
It’s quick and easy to make. Simply boil the pasta, combine the dressing ingredients, slice the pickles, and toss together!
It’s customizable. Want to make this dill pickle pasta salad creamier? Add sour cream! Want to make it into a cheesy pasta salad? Add some Colby Jack cheese. Or, add some pepper Jack cheese and fresh veggies – the combinations never end!
To make this dill pickle pasta salad, you’ll need:
- Pasta – For this dill pickle pasta salad, I used rotini noodles. You can use whatever noodles you’d like (such as elbow or bowtie pasta noodles)!
- Pickles – You’ll need about 1 1/2 cups of chopped dill pickles in this recipe! However, you can use more (or less) as you see fit.
- Mayonnaise – Whether you use dairy free mayonnaise or regular, make sure you use it! You won’t get that delicious, creamy dressing without mayo!
- Pickle juice – The fresh dill pickle juice is a must have in this recipe! You really can’t skip it!
- Dijon mustard – Dijon mustard is tangy and helps bring out the flavors of this dill pickle pasta salad.
- Garlic – Freshly minced garlic, that is! You can use garlic powder if you don’t have fresh garlic, though the flavor won’t be as strong.
- Fresh dill – I cannot stress this enough – use fresh dill in this dill pickle pasta salad! Dried dill will not give you the same flavor as fresh dill.
- Salt & pepper – You don’t need a lot, but some salt and pepper is needed for flavor.
As I said in the section above, you can add more to it if you’d like (but it’s really not needed).
How to make creamy dill pickle pasta salad
This creamy pasta salad recipe is so easy to make!
Begin by cooking the pasta according to the package directions. Once cooked, drain the pasta and rinse well with cold water until cool and set the pasta in a large bowl to the side for now.
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the pasta salad dressing. Add the mayonnaise, pickle juice, dijon mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper to a small bowl and whisk until fully combined. Set the dressing to the side.
Now, cut the dill pickles into cubes and chop the fresh dill. Add both to the bowl with the cooled pasta and then pour the dressing on top.
Mix well, add additional salt and pepper if needed, and enjoy right away (or store in the fridge for up to five days).
While it’s not needed in this dill pickle pasta salad recipe, I know a few people who love to add sour cream to their pasta salad dressing to make it that much creamier.
I think it’s great without – but depending on how creamy you want the dressing, you may want to add some! I’d add 1/3 cup of sour cream and adjust as needed.
Frequently asked questions
Have a question not answered below? Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it for you!
Can I add more to my dill pickle pasta salad?
Yes! There are tons of things to add, some being:
- Sour cream
- Colby Jack cheese
- Pepper Jack cheese
- Sharp cheddar cheese (or any type of cubed cheese)
- Onion powder
- Dried dill powder
- … etc
Feel free to make this dill pasta salad however you’d like!
What pickles should I use for this pasta salad?
If you ask me, the only pickles I’ll suggest are dill pickles. However, you can use spicy pickles, bread and butter pickles, or sweet pickles if that’s more your style.
Dill pickles, to me, are the best in this recipe though! That dill pickle flavor is what you’re after here.
How long does this dill pickle salad last?
This dill pickle pasta salad should last in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days if kept in an airtight container.
Keep in mind that the pasta salad will start to soften over time as it continues to absorb the creamy dressing!Print
Creamy Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
For the pasta salad
- 8 ounces rotini pasta
- 1 1/2 cups chopped dill pickles
- 1/3 cup fresh dill
For the dressing:
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2/3 cup pickle juice
- 2 garlic cloves, freshly minced
- 1 TBSP dijon mustard
- 1 TSP salt & pepper
- First, cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Then drain the pasta and rinse well with cold water until cool and set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare the dressing. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a small bowl and lightly whisk until combined. Set the dressing to the side.
- Add the cooled pasta to a large bowl. Cut the pickles into cubes, chop the dill, and add both to the bowl with the pasta.
- Pour the dressing over the pasta and mix well. Add additional salt and pepper if needed and enjoy!