Dill Pickle Pasta Salad Recipe (TikTok Viral)

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This Dill Pickle Pasta Salad recipe went viral on TikTok and is my new favorite!! This creamy pasta salad has cheese, red onion, and lots of chopped dill pickles, all tossed in a creamy dressing with lots of dill pickle flavor! Dill pickle fans…this is for YOU!

Looking for easy salad recipes to bring to a party or potluck?? Try this Perfect Potato Salad or this Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • PERFECT SIDE DISH – Always a crowd favorite, bring this delicious salad to your next potluck or family gathering.
  • SUPER EASY – This pasta salad can be made ahead and comes together in 30 minutes.
  • PICKLE LOVERS DREAM – Crunchy dill pickles are tossed in the pasta salad of course, but the dressing is also full of delicious, tangy dill pickle flavor!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this delicious Dill Pickle Pasta Salad (TikTok viral!):

Ingredients needed to make dill pickle pasta salad.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Mayonnaise: Real mayo works best (full fat!) and makes the dressing super creamy. You can also use a little sour cream or Miracle Whip, too.

Cheese: We love sharp cheddar or Colby Jack, but use your favorite.

HOW TO MAKE DILL PICKLE PASTA SALAD: STEP-BY-STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the printable recipe card below!

Step 1: Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, whisk together dressing ingredients.

Dressing ingredients being whisked in a small bowl.

Step 2 & 3: In a large bowl, combine cooled pasta, pickles, cheese cubes, and onion. Toss with the dressing.

Ingredients for the salad being tossed in a bowl.
Dressing being poured over the dill pickle salad.

Step 4: Add dried or fresh dill and gently toss again. Refrigerate for an hour (or overnight) and serve.

TikTok viral dill pickle pasta salad in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • The pasta salad will absorb liquid after being stored. You can add a splash of pickle juice or milk, or a little mayo to loosen it up before serving. You can also reserve a bit of the dressing if you know you’ll be enjoying it the next day.

Confidence Tip

Want a thicker dressing? Add a little sour cream for a thicker, creamy texture.

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS

Storage: Store this pasta salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. I like to make a little extra dressing to pour over leftovers.

ADDITIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS

ADDITIONS:

  • Bacon: I’ve seen lots of TikTok recipes for this dill pickle salad that add bacon pieces or bacon bits…not gonna argue with that one!
  • Bell Peppers: Add colored bell peppers for crunch and color!

SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • Sour Cream: Sub sour cream for the mayo or use half mayo and half sour cream for a super creamy texture and a little tang!
  • Greek Yogurt: Keep it a bit healthy and replace the mayo with full-fat Greek yogurt.
  • Cheese: Use whatever cheese you love! Pepper Jack would be great for a little kick. Mozzarella balls or cubed Monterey Jack also work well.
  • Miracle Whip: Love a bit of sweetness? Use Miracle Whip in place of mayo or use 1/2 mayo and 1/2 Miracle Whip.
  • Type of Pasta: Use whatever type of pasta you like–macaroni or medium shell pasta is great, too. Get creative with your pasta shapes!

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

What should I serve with this delicious salad?

This salad is good with pretty much ANYTHING, but it works so well with grilled meats: Grilled chicken, pork chops, steak, burgers, hot dogs, and ribs!

It’s also great for picnics: Pack the pasta salad in containers and take it on a picnic along with sandwiches, fresh fruit, and chips.

Did this dill pickle pasta salad get “famous” by going viral on TikTok?

I am pretty sure this type of salad has been around for a while, but of course, it’s now super popular because of TikTok! There are many different versions and I love how TikTok has so many different variations like this one and this one with bacon!

Feel free to make this recipe your own, too!

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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad on a stack of white plates.

I hope you love this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Dill pickle pasta salad in a white bowl

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Casey Rooney
This Dill Pickle Pasta Salad recipe went viral on TikTok and is my new favorite pasta salad!! This creamy pasta salad has cheese, red onion, and lots of chopped dill pickles, all tossed in a creamy dressing with lots of dill pickle flavor! Dill pickle fans…this is for YOU!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 300 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the pasta salad

  • 12-16 oz dry rotini pasta
  • 1 cup dill pickles, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced sweet yellow or white onion is OK, too
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cheese, cubed colby jack cheese and sharp cheddar cheese work well
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried dill or 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh dill or a combination of the two!

For the dressing

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise real mayonnaise is best!
  • 1/3 cup dill pickle juice See Note 1
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook Pasta: Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Set aside.
  • Make Dressing: While the pasta is cooling/draining, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients: mayo, dill pickle juice, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Assemble: In a large bowl, combine cooled pasta, chopped dill pickles, cheese cubes, and red onion. Pour the dressing over the top and toss gently. Stir in fresh or dried dill and toss to combine.
  • Serve: Serve right away or to enhance flavors, refrigerate the salad for an hour or up to overnight. Optional: Top with a little fresh parsley just before serving for some added freshness.

Notes

Note 1: You can play around with this amount–if you like a more creamy dressing, use a bit less pickle juice. For a more light dressing, add more juice!
Tip: The pasta salad will absorb liquid after being stored. You can add a splash of pickle juice or milk, or a little mayo to loosen it up before serving. You can also reserve a bit of the dressing if you know you’ll be enjoying it the next day.
 
Nutrition is only an estimate based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 14gFat: 8.2gSaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 2885mgPotassium: 1083mgFiber: 8.4gSugar: 4.7gVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 443mgIron: 14mg
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5 Comments

  1. This sounds amazing!! I haven’t been on TikTok in a while, so I have no idea what’s popular these days, but I can see why this went viral. I am so excited to give it a go 🙂

  2. It’s so unique and delicious, with the tanginess of the pickles perfectly complementing the creamy pasta. This viral recipe is a must-try for all pickle lovers out there!

  3. I saw this on TikTok but didn’t trust the directions. I used yours and it came out so tasty! I’ll definitely be making this one all summer.