If you are a pickle lover, this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is for YOU! It is creamy, flavorful and crunchy all in a single bite. This is a great, quick recipe to throw together for summer gatherings and potlucks. It's a crowd pleaser!
I do not understand when people tell me that they don't love pickles. They make great snacks and they go with so many other foods. My mom used to make me peanut butter and pickle sandwiches growing up and I could never get enough. I could go on and on about pickle favorites, like how my college roommate and I would eat pickle rollups until we felt ill and how I made three pickle pizzas in a row because I was so obsessed.
I've been on a pasta salad kick lately (SO many pasta salad recipes coming your way in the next few weeks!) and knew I wanted to create one with PICKLES, of course. This recipe turned out even better than I imagined it would. It is crunchy and creamy with the perfect combination of flavors. I admit that I ate nearly the entire batch by myself in a matter of three days. This is the perfect dish to share at your next summer gathering or potluck. Everyone will go nuts over it!
HOW TO MAKE DILL PICKLE PASTA SALAD
Cook pasta according to package directions (in boiling water until al dente). Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Add to a large bowl along with 1 1/2 cups chopped pickles and an 8-oz. block cheddar cheese, cut into bite-size chunks.
In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 4 oz. softened cream cheese. Stir until smooth. Pour over the contents in the bowl and toss until evenly coated.
Add 1/4 cup pickle juice, fresh chopped dill, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix well, cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, top with extra fresh dill, if desired.
RECIPE TIPS: MAKE THIS THE BEST PASTA SALAD AT THE PARTY!
For a lighter recipe, use light mayo and replace the cream cheese with either a light sour cream or Greek yogurt.
Best options for cheese are medium or sharp cheddar. Other good options: colby jack, muenster and pepperjack.
If you love dill, add more than what the recipe calls for. I've found that you just can't get too much of it!
For an added crunch, consider adding a half of a chopped yellow or white onion OR a bunch of sliced green onions to the pasta salad.
Serve this as a side dish at any meal or bring it to your next party!
Large shells are my favorite type of pasta to use to make this salad, but other great options would be rotini, elbow macaroni and farfalle.
OTHER GREAT PASTA SALAD RECIPES
Pasta salad are the best kinds of recipes to bring to any type of gathering because they get DEVOURED. Here are a handful of other pasta salad faves!
Asian Pasta Salad
Italian Pasta Salad
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
WHAT TO SERVE AT A PARTY
I LOVE party food, so you have come to the right place if you are looking for recipes to make for your next gathering. Here are some additional options for you that will be easy, delicious and crowd-pleasing!
Fruit Pizza - The classic, crowd-pleasing Fruit Pizza has a cookie dough crust, dreamy cream cheese frosting and a colorful top layer of fruit and a tasty glaze. Great appetizer/dessert for parties of any kind, any time of the year!
Sausage Cheese Dip - Sausage Cheese Dip is easy to make (let your crockpot do the work for you!), cheesy, flavorful and totally irresistible! Serve as an appetizer at your next party and it won’t last long. Only 6 ingredients required for this delicious party food!
7-Layer Taco Dip - This is the best 7-Layer Taco Dip you'll ever meet! It's the perfect appetizer and party food and it is always the first thing to get devoured.
Crockpot Meatballs - These require only a few ingredients with only a few minutes of prep. They are SO EASY to make, totally packed with delicious flavor and great for game-day parties or holidays. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!
Spinach Artichoke Dip - This hot Spinach Artichoke Dip is a party staple! People always get excited about this dip and its so easy to make! It’s a filling, cheesy snack or appetizer that you can put on pita squares, crackers or chips. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!