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Dill Pickle Ditalini Pasta Salad

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad features ditalini pasta, cubed cheese, a creamy dressing, and plenty of dill pickles! While some may turn up their nose at the thought of pickle pasta salad, all it takes is one bite and they’ll be hooked!

Bowl of dill pickle pasta salad with peas and cheese on table with gold forks nearby.

I always wanted to love this pasta salad when my mom would make it growing up, but she put chopped onion in it, which I am still not a fan of today.

So I decided to take it upon myself to make some adjustments to the recipe and it turned out delish!

This recipe works because it’s:

  • A fun combination of flavors. The dill pickles combined with the cheese and pasta makes for a savory pasta salad that will appeal to kids and adults.
  • Easy to throw together. You likely have a jar of pickles and some cheese in your fridge right now, so use them in this salad!
  • Perfect for potlucks. Double the recipe and you’ll have enough to feed a crowd.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Dill pickle pasta salad ingredients on white table including cheese cubes, dry pasta, and pickles.

Cook 8 ounces of ditalini pasta according to package directions (aim for al dente). Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Add drained pasta to a large mixing bowl.

While the pasta is cooking, cook 12 ounces of frozen peas according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool.

Gently mix 2/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/3 cup sour cream, and 2 tablespoons of pickle juice in a small bowl.

Mayonnaise and sour cream mixture in glass measuring cup with whisk.

Mix pasta, peas, 1 cup cubed Colby Jack cheese, 1 cup sliced pickles, and the dressing until well combined.

Piles of peas, cheese cubes, slice pickles, and cooked pasta in large bowl.

Season generously with salt and pepper and garnish with fresh dill, if desired.

Pickle pasta salad in white mixing bowl with wooden spoon.

Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Large bowl of macaroni salad with pickles on table with white towel, greenery stem, and utensils nearby.

You can use any small pasta you’d like in this recipe like shell, elbow macaroni, or radiatore. I use ditalini because that’s what I grew up with.

You can add chopped white or green onion to this recipe if you want it to be closer to the original 😉

If you’d really like to punch up the dill pickle flavor, you can add a few more tablespoons to the mayonnaise mixture or add up to 1/2 cup of pickle juice to the pasta after you rinse it.

Try adding crumbled bacon or steak strips to the pasta to make this more of a main dish salad.

You can add a packet of dry ranch seasoning to the dressing to give the pasta salad even more flavor.

If you’re out of certain ingredients, try these substitutes:

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FAQs

White bowl of pickle pasta salad with peas and fresh dill garnish.
What can I use instead of sour cream in this recipe if I’m allergic?


You can easily substitute plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream, or increase the mayonnaise to 1 cup.

Can you freeze this dill pickle pasta salad?


You can, but the textures will definitely change in the freezer. The sour cream will separate and become grainy, the cheesy will become crumbly, and the pasta may be mushy. So freeze at your own risk!

How can I keep this macaroni salad from being watery?


The key to keeping this salad from being watery is to cook the pasta al dente so it’s not soggy and mushy, as well as drain it properly. You’ll also want to make sure your dressing isn’t too wet after you add the pickle juice. If it is too liquid-y, just add some more mayo or sour cream to thicken it up.

I hope your family loves this dill pickle pasta salad! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!

 

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Bowl of dill pickle pasta salad with peas and cheese on table with gold forks nearby.

Dill Pickle Ditalini Pasta Salad

The Ashcroft Family Table
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad features ditalini pasta, cubed cheese, a creamy dressing, and plenty of dill pickles! While some may turn up their nose at the thought of pickle pasta salad, all it takes is one bite and they'll be hooked!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 342 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 8 ounces ditalini pasta, about 2 cups dry pasta
  • 12 ounces frozen peas
  • cup mayonnaise
  • cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1 cup cubed Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 cup sliced dill pickles, about 4 spears
  • Salt and pepper, generous amounts

Instructions
 

  • Cook ditalini pasta according to package directions (aim for al dente). Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Add drained pasta to a large mixing bowl.
  • While the pasta is cooking, cook the peas according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool.
  • Gently mix mayonnaise, sour cream, and pickle juice in a small bowl.
  • Mix pasta, peas, cubed Colby Jack cheese, sliced pickles, and the dressing until well combined. Season generously with salt and pepper and garnish with fresh dill, if desired.
  • Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 10gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 456mgPotassium: 202mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 4307IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 151mgIron: 1mg
Keyword dill pickle pasta salad, macaroni salad with pickles, pickle pasta salad
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