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Dill Pickle & Black Forest Pasta Salad

Dill Pickle & Black Forest Pasta Salad

  • Salad

A lighter version of the traditional Dill Pickle Pasta Salad!

  • 30 minutes
  • Serves 7
  • Easy



This Dill Pickle and Black Forest Pasta Salad is a fantastic and easy recipe for any of those upcoming summer gatherings! 

Dill Pickle & Black Forest Pasta Salad

I hope you give this light and tasty Summer pasta salad a try!

This is best served slightly chilled the day of vs the next day, because if it’s left in the fridge for to long it can become dry.

So if there is just the two of you please use the recipe adjuster here and make just enough for what you need.

Other than that this recipe is a winner as it’s not laddled with any high fat dressing.

Rather we are using a creamy plain yogurt and then adding some pickle juice, a touch of mayo, olive oil and spices that make it all come together very well.

Dill Pickle & Black Forest Pasta Salad

What kind of Dill Pickle ? Pasta Salads have you tried in the past? Why not give this lighter version a try  this time.

This one is creamy enough to satisfy pretty much anyone, however is made lighter than the average pickle pasta salad you may find out there.

Since it’s mostly made with plain yogurt, dill pickle juice and just 1 tbsp of mayonnaise.

I much prefer using more yogurt over mayonnaise as it lightens up the dish and keeps me in better shape. 

Pickle Salad Perfection!Dill Pickle & Black Forest Pasta Salad

Notes: The colder the salad the better it taste, so try to chill it in the fridge for one at least one hour prior to serving.


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Dill Pickle & Black Forest Pasta Salad

Dill Pickle & Black Forest Pasta Salad

Yield: 6
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Simple summer salad!


  • 4 cups Rotini pasta
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp Chives
  • 7 pieces Black Forest Ham
  • 3 large Dill Pickles
  • 1/2 cup Dill pickle juice
  • 1 tbsp Hellmans mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


Start by boiling a pot of salted water and then add in the rotini pasta and cooked till tender.

Once the pasta has cooked add to a strainer over the sink and run cold water overtop so it cools down completely.

Remove the pasta and place in a large bowl then toss with 1 tbsp of olive oil and set aside.

Now, in a medium bowl combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk till combine the cheese and chop the black forest ham and the chives and then pour into the cold dressing.

Pour the cold dressing overtop the pasta and stir to combine. Season with salt, pepper and some cayenne pepper and stir once more.

Place in the fridge covered for up to 2 hours and serve chilled.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 1966mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 15g

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