If you love the flavor of dill pickles, you need to give this creamy, crunchy dill pickle pasta salad recipe from Spend With Pennies a try.
A word of warning. The dill pickle flavor is strong with this one, so if you’re not yet a convert, it may be a bit much for you. However, Holly, the blogger behind the site, notes that you could also add sweet pickles to the recipe, which I’m guessing would balance out the flavor a bit.
One more tip — be sure to use white onions, not yellow, to avoid an overpowering onion taste.
This simple recipe takes just 20 minutes to put together and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. And it’s even better when made ahead of time, making it ideal if you have to prep for a potluck or barbecue.
Of course, pasta salad is not the only dish in which dill pickle is popping up. Devotees to the humble pickle have been incorporating it in all kinds of unexpected ways. Take, for example, this dill pickle bacon grilled cheese sandwich. It’s salty, tangy, crunchy, cheesy and just downright delicious.
People have even found a way to get dill into desserts, like with these salty-and-sweet dill pickle cupcakes. The green color would make these the perfect treat for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
If you feel like the world has gone pickle-crazy, it turns out our obsession with pickles and everything pickle-flavored actually comes with some health benefits. They’re packed with vitamin K, which helps maintain strong bones and also helps your body stop bleeding if you’re injured.
They’re also a fermented food, which means they contain beneficial probiotics, which are essential for gut health.
The high amount of sodium in pickles, however, is a double-edged sword. While they can help restore balance if you’re dehydrated and can even help relieve muscle cramps, too much salt can make you bloated and harm your heart health.
Everything in moderation!