This Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is so flavorful but still easy to make. If you have pasta salad lovers in your life, this pasta has a delightful pickle flavor. The ingredients are simple, and probably already in your pantry and fridge.
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Why I Love this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
This salad makes a wonderfully large salad. It's perfect to bring as a side. Or, if you have people in and out (kids in sports etc), this is the perfect salad for people to help themselves. It's an inexpensive salad to make, it's flavorful and filling. My vegetarians enjoy it also. The sauce has a wonderful pickle flavor and is also creamy enough to cover everything well.
1 pound (box) small pasta appropriate for pasta salad
½ cup Miracle Whip
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
1 cup cheddar cheese diced
1 cup diced pickles (about 5 medium-sized pickles)
½ cup pickle juice - divided
½ red onion chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Diehards of this salad will tell you that there is no substituting the Miracle Whip or the mayonnaise. I have and unless you tell someone, they won't know! I do try to have both on hand when making this.
Cook one box of small pasta according to package directions. You want it al dente, so run it under cold water to stop cooking. Drain well.
In a large bowl, place pasta and about ¼ cup pickle juice. Stir occasionally, and mix dressing while letting the pasta absorb the pickle juice flavor
When the star of the show is pasta, buy a better brand. Don't get the really inexpensive box. The better kinds of pasta tend not to get as mushy.
Let pasta with pickle juice sit for 5 minutes, then drain. I usually make the dressing while this sits.
Instructions for Dressing
Mix miracle whip, mayonnaise, and sour cream in a small bowl. Add enough pickle juice to make a smooth spreadable dressing. Add some salt and pepper to taste. You can always add more later.
Combine everything for the dill pickle salad.
Add dressing to drained pasta, along with diced cheddar cheese, pickles, and red onions.
Stir to cover the pasta and all ingredients with creamy pickle dressing.
This salad stores great in the fridge. It lasts 4 days well covered. Make sure to stir before serving.
Freezing is not recommended for this salad.
Buy good pickles that are flavorful and crunchy. I like the refrigerated Clausen pickles.
Dill is great in this salad especially if you have fresh dill on hand.
Pasta Salads and Other Salads
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Creamly Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
- 1 pound pasta small sized pasta appropriate for pasta salad
- ½ cup Miracle Whip
- ½ cup mayonaise
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 cup cheddar cheese diced
- 1 cup pickles diced - about 5 medium-sized pickles
- ½ cup pickle juice
- ½ red onion chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- fresh dill or green onion as an optional garnish
- Cook one box (1 pound) of small pasta to al dente stage according to package directions. Rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
- In a large bowl, place drained pasta and about ¼ cup pickle juice.
- Stir occasionally. Let sit 5 to 10 minutes to allow the pickle flavor gets absorbed by the pasta.
- Mix mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, and sour cream until well combined. Add enough pickle juice to make dressing smooth and just pourable. The thickness of dill pickle dressing is a personal preference and totally depends on how much pickle juice you use.
- Add dressing to drained pasta, along with diced cheddar cheese, pickles, and red onions.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix all ingredients with pasta so the dressing evenly covers the pasta, cheese, onions, and pickles.
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