Dill Pickle Salad

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Dill pickle Salad is an ode to summer. Bursting with a creamy dill pickle dressing, pickles in every bite. Topped with crispy salty bacon, a pickle lovers dream dish. Best part? This comes together with 10 minutes of prep!

dill pickle salad topped with cheese and bacon in a white stone bowl with a serving spoon sticking out.
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Why Make This Dill Pickle Salad

This pasta salad is a HUGE hit at barbecues and parties. My family loves it as a side dish with Pulled Chicken Burgers, Crispy Chicken Burgers and more. You can easily use this recipe to make dill pickle coleslaw, just sub the pasta or cabbage!

The dressing has an unmatched flavor you will be addicted too. The crunchy bacon really ties things together, not to mention the cheddar throughout each bite. This salad is also great for meal prep or to make ahead, it keeps really well.

Ingredients Needed

individual ingredients for dill pickle salad in bowls on grey counter.

Rotini. Any pasta shape will work, I love rotini because it holds up well and it has a lot of crevasses to hold the dressing making it more tasty in every bite.

Bacon. I love bacon and pickles together so naturally, I had to add chopped bacon to this dish. It adds a salty crunch to the salad. Use turkey bacon or you can also skip it if needed for dietary reasons.

Mayonnaise. You can use any mayo of choice. You can also use plain Greek yogurt, but it won’t have the same “tang”.

Sour Cream. You can use dairy free sound cream or low fat sour cream. This levels out the mayo and gives it a great taste.

Pickles. I used about 8 spears. You can use any shape or flavor of pickles however I recommend dill pickles. You will also need pickle juice from the jar.

Seasoning. Dried dill, pepper, onion and garlic powder. This is to flavor the dressing.

Dill. Fresh dill is a must! This gives the recipe some extra color and elevates the flavor in the dressing for the salad.

Cheddar Cheese. You can cut it into cubes or use thick shreds of cheddar. I have tried both and I like the thick shreds best, it tends to spread throughout the salad and end up in every bite.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Recipe Variations

Pasta. Use any shape you love, I prefer rotini because it holds the most sauce. You can also use shredded cabbage in place of the pasta for a lower carb version.

Sour Cream. Use a dairy free replacement if needed. You can also sub plain greek yogurt.

Dill. Use dried and fresh parsley in place of the dill.

Cheese. You can use cubed cheese or shredded, you can also have this without cheese. Pepper jack is great in place of cheddar.

Bacon. You can use turkey bacon or skip the bacon if you’d like. Chopped hard boiled eggs are also a fun add in to this salad.

🔪How To Make Dill Pickle Salad

Steps to make this recipe on a cutting board and in a bowl.

Step One. Start the bacon, cook however you prefer. I cook in the oven on 350º for about 20-25 minutes but pan fried is great too!

Step Two. Cook pasta according to package (al dente). While everything is cooking, shred your cheese, chop the dill and pickles. Set aside, and in a medium size bowl, mix together mayo, sour cream, all seasonings, pickle juice, dill. Set aside.

Step Three. Chop the cooked bacon. Once the pasta is done, drain and rinse under ice cold water to get the heat out. In a large serving bowl, add pasta, cheese, bacon and dressing (reserve 1/4 cup of dressing for serving) and toss together well. Serve and add extra dressing if needed or save for later if pasta salad soaks up all the dressing.

Pasta in a bowl up close with dill and bacon.

💭Recipe FAQs

Does this pasta salad keep well?

Yes, this pasta salad keeps really well, just keep a little 1/4 cup of the dressing to the side for when you serve it again, sometimes the pasta can soak up the dressing.

Can I use spicy dill pickles?

Yes! Spicy dill pickles are great in this recipe if that’s your favorite pickle.

I don’t like dill.

No big dill! just skip it, you can use dried parsley and fresh parsley in place.

Recipe Pairings

If you want to serve this with something special, I recommend my Pulled Chicken Burgers or Crispy Chicken Burgers (so so good) or my Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs.

Make This Recipe Healthier

You can make this recipe healthier by omitting the bacon and cheese or cutting the amount in half and sprinkling a little on top. This would cut 200 cal per serving. You can swap sour cream for plain Greek yogurt to add more protein to this dish.

Other Pasta Salads To Try

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Grey bowl with pasta and bacon in it and a fork with pickles.
5 from 26 votes

Dill Pickle Salad

Dill pickle salad is bursting with a creamy dill pickle dressing, crunch in every bite. Topped with crispy bacon, a pickle lovers dream dish.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • frying pan
  • Large pot

Ingredients 

  • .75 -1 lb rotini pasta, *about 4 cups
  • 8 oz bacon, *see notes
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese , shredded or cubed
  • 2 cups dill pickles, chopped, *about 7 whole pickles
  • cup Mayonnaise
  • cup pickle juice
  • cup sour cream , *see notes
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper

Instructions 

  • Start the bacon, cook however you prefer. I cook in the oven on 350º for about 20-25 minutes but pan fried is great too! In a large salad bowl add the cooled pasta, dill pickles, cheese, fresh dill, and dressing.
  • Cook pasta according to package (al dente). While everything is cooking, shred your cheese, chop the dill and pickles. Set aside, and in a medium size bowl, mix together mayo, sour cream, seasonings, pickle juice, dill. Set aside.
  • Chop the cooked bacon. Once the pasta is done, drain and rinse under ice cold water to get the heat out. In a large serving bowl, add pasta, cheese, bacon and dressing (reserve 1/4 cup of dressing for serving) and toss together well. Serve and add extra dressing if needed or save for later if pasta salad soaks up all the dressing, you may need to just add a little more sour cream mixed with a Tbsp or two of extra pickle juice to re hydrate the salad. Pasta brands will vary on absorption!!!

Notes

*any bacon will do, turkey, or vegan. You can also omit the bacon.
*plain greek yogurt will also work.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 738mg | Potassium: 259mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 458
Keyword: 30 minute, pasta, Side Dish
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  1. Love this. So good and great with shrimp added also!! Mmmmmmm!