Dill Pickle Noodle Salad

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This Dill Pickle Noodle Salad is a summer game changer. It is the perfect salad to enhance your next picnic, potluck or cookout. This vibrant salad is the perfect blend of textures and flavors.

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Why this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad Recipe is a Keeper

Imagine perfectly cooked pasta tossed in a creamy, tangy dill dressing, studded with crisp dill pickles, cheese, and pops of fresh dill. It’s got everything to change a boring macaroni salad into the perfect summer treat. Next time you are in the pickle aisle, grab extra for this salad, especially for those who love dill pickles. Like me!

  • 18 Minutes: Make this delicious salad in less than 20 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge and it is so easy. Great for your dill pickle fans.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, gluten-free or dairy free, a nice short pasta is great for this tangy dill pickle salad.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: If there are leftovers, which I doubt, you can serve it with your favorite meat the next day or have a special lunch.

If you’re looking for more salad recipes, try these Jennifer Aniston Salad, Elote Salad (Mexican Street Corn Salad) and Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad.

Why do you run pasta under cold water after cooking?

While not recommended for cooked pasta, but for cold pasta salad has several benefits when you rinse pasta. It will stop the cooking process so the salad is not mushy. Also, it will help cool it down. Finally it will prevent the pasta from sticking.

Ingredient Notes for Dill Pickle Salad

Various ingredients for cooking arranged in small bowls, including pasta, cheese, vegetables, dill pickle, and spices, on a neutral background.
  • Pasta: Use your favorite such as rotini pasta, bowtie pasta or one you enjoy in your favorite pasta salad recipe. Any pasta would work, just cook pasta according to the package directions.
  • Pickles: A Dill pickle jar, you will need the pickles and pickle juice for the delicious pasta salad.
  • Cheddar cheese: You can use any type of cheese in this crunchy dill pickle salad. But a nice sharp cheddar really is a nice addition.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

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Variations and Substitutions for Creamy Dill Pasta Salad

This pickle pasta salad is perfect. The pickle pops throughout the salad. Plus there are many ways to make it your own.

  • Type of Pasta: Feel free to experiment with different shapes like corkscrew or farfalle. Any type of pasta will work. Try a gluten free pasta if you are unsure if your guest can have traditional pasta salad.
  • Greek Yogurt: Increase the tangy taste by replacing some of the mayonnaise in the dressing with Greek yogurt for the best pasta salad.
  • Extra Pickle Juice: Add more, add a splash of pickle juice for the pickle lovers for more dill pickle flavor. This salad is delicious and the pickle juice in the dressing really gives it a unique flavor.
  • Relish: Try using dill pickle relish. It is already cut up and ready to go.

Fun Fact

The fermentation process in pickles creates probiotics which can aid digestion. It is often drank by pro athletes to prevent cramping.

How to Make this Dill Pickle Recipe

These are the basic steps for making this delicious dill pickle pasta salad. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Three-step cooking process: 1) Scooping creamy yellow mixture from a bowl 2) Transferring a dollop of white cream into a bowl 3) Pouring olive oil from a spoon into a bowl for Dill Pickle Noodle Salad.

1. Cook the Pasta according to Package Directions

First, cook your pasta per the package directions. Drain the pasta and rinse. Place cooked pasta in a large bowl and add 1/2 cup of pickle juice; Allow pasta to sit while you prepare the rest of the salad.

2. Create the Dill Pickle Juice Dressing

Meanwhile, while the pasta is cooking, in a small bowl, mix the dressing by whisking together the mayonnaise, sour cream, 1/3 cup of pickle juice, fresh dill, All Purpose Seasoning Blend and cayenne pepper. To create a creamy dressing.

3. Add the Cooled Pasta and Combine the Delicious Dill Pickle Salad

Next, pour dressing over the cooked pasta in the mixing bowl and stir in the chopped dill pickles, chipped cheese, minced onion and shredded carrots; Stir until completely combined. Finally, cover and refrigerate for 60 minutes before you serve this salad.

Four-step cooking process: 1) Paprika in a bowl, 2) Mixed spices, including dill, in a bowl, 3) Spices added to sauce ingredients, 4) Creamy sauce being poured.

Creamy Dill Pickle Salad Recipe FAQs

Can I make this dill pickle macaroni salad ahead of time?

Absolutely! The creamy pasta salad is a great make-ahead dish. In fact, the flavors often meld even better after chilling overnight. Just be sure to store it properly in the refrigerator. The pasta salad will keep for 3-5 days.

What kind of protein can I add to this pickle pasta salad?

Diced cooked chicken, shrimp, or tofu are all popular choices. You can also use shredded rotisserie chicken for a quick and easy option. For a vegetarian twist, consider adding cooked lentils or chickpeas to this creamy pasta salad recipe.

Can I add different vegetables to the dill pickle mac salad?

Chopped celery, red onion, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and spring peas are all classic additions. You can also get creative with broccoli florets, corn, or even chopped asparagus to the tender pasta salad.

A bowl of creamy dill pickle noodle salad with chunks of cheese, diced pickles, and herbs, garnished with a whole pickle on top.

Expert Tips to Make This Recipe for Tangy Pasta Salad Recipe

There are always ways to enhance your dill pickle noodle salad. Here are just a few ways to make the best dill pickle salad:

  • Pickles: Change up the pickles. Sweet pickles or spicy, chopped or sliced, the choice is yours for this great recipe. Serve the salad in a cute serving bowl and top with more pickle slices. Use dill weed as an extra topper.
  • Bacon: Bacon crumbles are a perfect complement to the pickle flavor in the salad. It will make you love this recipe for dill pickle noodle salad.
  • Dried Dill Weed: Fresh dill is best for the salad but in a pinch you can use dried dill for the dill flavor in the homemade dill dressing recipe.
  • Cheese: Replace the sharp cheddar cheese with pepper jack cheese, colby jack cheese or feta cheese will add flavor for the salad.
  • Eggs: Make some hard boiled eggs for an egg pasta salad.
  • Add Pasta: You can add protein pasta for even more benefits. Use a pasta shape that will allow the salad dressing to cling to it.
  • Rinsing the Pasta: Remember to rinse pasta after cooking. This will cool the pasta and make a better salad.

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Dill Pickle Noodle Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 17 minutes
This Dill Pickle Noodle Salad is a summer game changer. It is the perfect salad to enhance your next, picnic, potluck or cookout. This vibrant salad is the perfect blend of textures and flavors.
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Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Pasta
  • ½ cup Pickle juice
  • 2 cups Dill pickles, chopped
  • cup Cheddar cheese, diced
  • ½ cup Carrots, shredded
  • ¼ White onion, finely diced

Dressing

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain and run under cold water.
  • Place cooked pasta in a large bowl and add 1/2 cup of pickle juice; Allow pasta to sit while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  • Prepare the dressing by whisking together the mayonnaise, sour cream, 1/3 cup of pickle juice, fresh dill, All Purpose Seasoning Blend and cayenne pepper.
  • Test for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  • Pour dressing over the cooked pasta and stir in the chopped dill pickles, chipped cheese, minced onion and shredded carrots; Stir until completely combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 60 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Pickles: Change up the pickles. Sweet pickles or spicy, chopped or sliced, the choice is yours for this great recipe. Serve the salad in a cute serving bowl and top with more pickle slices. Use dill weed as an extra topper.
  • Bacon: Bacon crumbles are a perfect complement to the pickle flavor in the salad. It will make you love this recipe for dill pickle noodle salad.
  • Dried Dill Weed: Fresh dill is best for the salad but in a pinch you can use dried dill for the dill flavor in the homemade dill dressing recipe.
  • Cheese: Replace the sharp cheddar cheese with pepper jack cheese, colby jack cheese or feta cheese will add flavor for the salad.
  • Eggs: Make some hard boiled eggs for an egg pasta salad.
  • Add Pasta: You can add protein pasta for even more benefits. Use a pasta shape that will allow the salad dressing to cling to it.
  • Rinsing the Pasta: Remember to rinse pasta after cooking. This will cool the pasta and make a better salad.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 912mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1410IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

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