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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1/2 pound medium pasta shells
  • 3/4 cup dill pickles sliced
  • 2/3 cup medium cheddar cheese diced
  • 3 tablespoons white onion finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill or 1 heaping teaspoon dried, to taste
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice from the jar (never toss out pickle jar juice!)

For the dressing

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1.4 tablespoons pickle juice from the jar (like I said, never toss out pickle jar juice!)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

For the dressing

  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.

For the salad

  • Cook the pasta to al dente per the package instructions. Rinse and drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add the pickle juice to the pasta and toss gently to coat. Let sit for 5 minutes then drain (but do not rinse!).
  • Add in the dressing and stir gently to coat.
  • Place in fridge for at least 1 hour before serving. I prefer to let the salad come to near room temperature before serving so that the dressing is not quite as thick.