Gnocchi Pasta Salad

Gnocchi Pasta Salad

This gnocchi pasta salad is the perfect combination of potato and pasta salad and just the twist you need for your backyard cookouts this summer! This dish brings together the pillowy goodness of gnocchi with the refreshing and versatile nature of a pasta salad. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or simply craving a satisfying meal, this twist on a classic is a winner!

The inspiration for this recipe

I have wanted to so a gnocchi pasta salad for a while but wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go with it. Randomly I thought it would be interesting to make it like I would make potato salad. I like my potato salad super pickley and with lots of hardboiled egg and bell pepper in it, so that was my inspiration.

Preparing the gnocchi

Gnocchi, a traditional Italian dumpling made from potatoes, is the star of this pasta salad. Its soft and pillowy texture provides a delightful contrast to the crispness of the salad. I normally would make my own gnocchi but I went with a brand I found in the refrigerated section. Feel free to make your own or start with your favorite brand! If you need a recipe for homemade gnocchi, check this one out.

start in a big bowl

After you cook the gnocchi, toss it with oil, mayo, hot sauce, and mustard to form the dressing. Then add the eggs, red bell pepper, scallions and pickles.

add the dill

After the it cools a bit, you can add the dill and smoked paprika to the mix. It is important to wait to add these ingredients so that the dill stays fresh and does not wilt.

gnocchi pasta salad

Mixing and Serving the gnocchi pasta salad

Now that everything has been mixed in, you can serve your gnocchi pasta salad and garnish it with even more dill and paprika!

Gnocchi Pasta Salad

Variations on gnocchi pasta salad

I love this idea cause it is so versatile. You might like Southern potato salad, or German potato salad, so feel free to use those flavors instead!

You can also experiment with different dressings and flavor combinations. Try a sun-dried tomato pesto dressing on gnocchi pasta salad or a tangy balsamic vinaigrette for a unique twist. Add roasted vegetables, olives, or capers for extra flavor and texture. The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative and make the recipe your own.

Gnocchi Pasta Salad

Now when you ask yourself, should there be potato salad or pasta salad at the party, you can make this gnocchi version and have both!

If you love pasta salad recipes, check out my kimchi pepperoni pasta salad, pickle bacon pasta salad, or this super easy basil pimento pasta salad!

Gnocchi Pasta Salad

A pasta salad with gnocchi that is inspired by potato salad with hardboiled eggs and lots of pickles.
Prep Time15 minutes
rest time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings: 4 as a side
Calories: 399kcal


  • 12 ounces gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup minced dill pickles
  • 2 hardboiled eggs chopped
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika plus more for garnish


  • Cook the gnocchi according to the package instructions. Sauté them in a frying pan with butter for a few minutes until lightly browning on both sides. (Sauteing them in butter might be part of the instructions, but if not, do it anyways.)
  • Place the gnocchi in a large bowl and add in all the ingredients except for the dill and paprika. Cover and cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Add in the dill and paprika and store in the fridge until ready to eat. Add more dill and paprika on top as a garnish.


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 838mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1252IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 4mg

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