Cheddar & Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

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This Cheddar & Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for your next cookout or picnic. It’s a creamy pasta salad with tons of yummy dill pickle flavor and another layer of flavor from the sharp cheddar cheese. Wherever you take it, it’s going to go fast!

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I made this salad one night when it was just too dang hot to cook. Hot dogs were on the menu and I wanted a cool salad to accompany them. Only I didn’t have a whole lot of stuff to put in it. After a quick search for pasta salad ideas I came across a few that were made with dill pickles. At first I thought, ew, no. I figured I’d give it a shot anyway and it turned out to be one of my all time favorite pasta salads ever!

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The dressing for this Cheddar & Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is simply mayo and sour cream, plus a little bit of pickle juice and mustard. Some of the recipes I saw called for A LOT of pickle juice but I didn’t want that to be an overwhelming flavor. I also added some chopped dill pickles and some fresh dill.

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Side note, I love dill. Love the flavor, love the scent. When I buy fresh dill, I can literally stand in the herbs section and just sniff the dill in the bag for a good minute or two. Weird? Maybe.

Anyway…that’s pretty much it to this pasta salad! Add some freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or mild if you prefer) and you’re good to go.

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A bowl of Pasta Salad

Cheddar & Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

This Cheddar & Dill Pickle Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for your next cookout or picnic. It’s a creamy pasta salad with tons of yummy dill pickle flavor and another layer of flavor from the sharp cheddar cheese. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 392kcal


  • 8- ounces boxed pasta cooked to packages instructions and chilled
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill or 1 tablespoon fresh
  • 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup white onion finely chopped
  • Fresh dill or chives for garnish


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, dill pickle juice and fresh dill. Stir in pasta to coat., then fold in chopped dill pickles, white onion. Fold in cheddar cheese a little at a time so it doesn't clump together.
  • Garnish with cheddar and fresh dill.


This will last a few days in the fridge so you can even make it ahead. Save the garnish for just before serving.


Calories: 392kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 10gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 401mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 348IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 175mgIron: 1mg

Here’s another favorite pasta salad recipe:

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

A close up of a bowl of Pasta Salad

For even more delicious pasta salads, try these:

Cheddar & Dill Pasta Salad - Tender pasta, fresh dill and dill pickles make this a winning side dish for picnics and all summer long.

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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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    1. You’d need to replace it with something else like Greek yogurt or more may since that’s basically half of the dressing.

  1. Can’t wait to try this. Going to add some diced cooked ham. And maybe a touch of softened cream cheese to the sauce. Hoping for that ham roll-up flavor.

  2. Hello! I am in LOVE with this recipe! I have converted my husband and mother (neither of which are fans of pickle or pasta salad!) into pasta salad fans, thanks to this! 🙂

    However, I have made this recipe three times now, and a couple things I have noted. I have never found an 8oz box of pasta (although the recipe says 8oz of boxed pasta, not ‘an 8oz box of pasta’). I just assumed the full recipe would have been a full box of pasta, but alas, almost all boxed pasta is 16oz. Since I was making this to serve at Easter dinner, I doubled the recipe, and for some reason it came out pretty dry (albeit VERY flavorful!). I must have done something wrong. The other two times I have made it exactly like the recipe with just half the box of pasta and it has been delicious. Super easy to whip up. 🙂 Love love love!

    1. Hi Jenn, thanks for the feedback! Some stores do carry 12 ounce boxes of pasta, but I understand where the confusion could be. You were right to use just half a box of pasta. Not sure why it would come out dry after using a full box, but I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipe!