Fiesta Pasta Salad with Dill Pickles


This dill pickle pasta salad salad has so many different colors that it looks as though there is confetti in it. There is a thousand variations to this salad! My mother adds ham and asparagus to it. I usually use tri-colored pasta in this salad to add even more color. Also I serve green onions on the side. All my friends and family love this so much. I don't think I would be invited on our annual family camping trip if I didn't bring this salad.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
10 2/3 cup servings


  • 2 cups uncooked fusilli pasta

  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

  • cup minced dill pickles

  • cup minced celery

  • cup minced radishes

  • ½ cup light creamy salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip®), or more to taste

  • cup shredded aged Cheddar cheese

  • 2 tablespoons light Thousand Island salad dressing

  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish

  • 2 teaspoons whole grain Dijon mustard

  • 1 pinch paprika, or to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook fusilli in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes. Add frozen vegetables; continue cooking until fusilli is tender yet firm to the bite, about 6 minutes more. Drain.

  2. Soak the fusilli-vegetable mixture in cold water until cool to the touch.

  3. Meanwhile, mix pickles, celery, and radishes with creamy salad dressing, Cheddar cheese, Thousand Island dressing, relish, and Dijon mustard together in a large bowl. Drain fusilli and vegetables and mix in. Cover and refrigerate, 1 to 8 hours. Sprinkle paprika on top before serving.

Cook's Note:

Chill all day for best results. You might need to add more Miracle Whip(R) before serving as pasta soaks it up and salad may be a bit dry without it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

84 Calories
3g Fat
13g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 178mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 87mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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