This quick and easy salad can be served as a side dish or a main course. I suggest serving it with sliced apple, sweet gherkins, or cornichons. Nice bread and a glass of white wine wouldn't hurt either!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the bow tie pasta, and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse well with cold water, then toss with the olive oil, and set aside.

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  • Stir the sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, dried dill, cayenne pepper, and salt until smooth. Fold in the onion, peas, ham, Cheddar cheese, and bow tie pasta. Garnish with the dill sprigs to serve.

Nutrition Facts

829.4 calories; protein 29.7g 59% DV; carbohydrates 64.7g 21% DV; fat 51.5g 79% DV; cholesterol 83.7mg 28% DV; sodium 999.7mg 40% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/22/2008
I've made this salad twice. The first time I forgot to add the lemon zest/juice and it turned out fabulous! The second time I remembered to put in the lemon and didn't think it came out as good. It was a little too tangy and the lemon slightly over powered the rest of the flavors. I also used less cheddar in both dishes. I would give it five stars but have to give the original recipe four since I like it better without lemon. Regardless this salad is a definite keeper! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/29/2012
I will not be making this again. I cut the lemon called for in half as per other reviewers and it was still a lot of lemon. It was also very dry. Not enough sauce for the amount of pasta. I was disappointed in the outcome. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/22/2008
I've made this salad twice. The first time I forgot to add the lemon zest/juice and it turned out fabulous! The second time I remembered to put in the lemon and didn't think it came out as good. It was a little too tangy and the lemon slightly over powered the rest of the flavors. I also used less cheddar in both dishes. I would give it five stars but have to give the original recipe four since I like it better without lemon. Regardless this salad is a definite keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2008
This was even better than I hoped for. I had a store bought version and it left me wanting for more. I thought I'd see if allrecipes had anything like it. This is so much better. I love the addition of lemon. It makes it so bright and springy. I was a little concerned about it being too much liquid because the dressing was very runny, however it really firms up in the refrigerator. The only changes I made were using elbow macaroni, green onions instead of red, omitting the ham and using 1 tsp. of dill instead of 1 tablespoon. It was delicious and the lemon juice and zest really made the dish for me. Also, if you're making it to serve immediately and don't have thawed peas, just soak them in hot water for a few minutes and drain. They thaw right out, but don't get cooked. Thanks so much for the delicious new recipe. This will be perfect for summer potlucks and bbqs. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/18/2008
I had to make substitutions due to ingredients on hand. I used mini sea shells in place of the bow tie pasta. Subbed chopped pepperoni for the diced ham. I had to use plain low fat yogurt because I was out of sour cream. I did as the original poster stated and cubed the cheddar cheese. Even with the substitutions the lemon flavor really adds a nice light taste to this salad. It's a nice change from all those sweet pasta salads. I think it will taste even better after being refrigerated for a few hours. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2012
I feel the need to not only review this recipe (which I thought was very good), but also to say it's not fair to give a recipe a low rating, simply based on nutritional content.The secret to a healthy lifestyle is not denying yourself what you really want -- if you want a calorie laden meal - then go for it. I love a piece of cheesecake now and then! In other words, we're big kids, we can make our own choices, thank you very much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2011
Oooh, Kimberly, you outdid yourself! This was so good, even my kids who don't like peas ate it. This should get an extra star just for that! I used about half the lemon juice called for because my lemons seems especially strong this year. I also used crumbled bacon instead of ham and green onions instead of red, but ONLY because I didn't want to go the store. Next time I'll use the ham and red onion. I'm sure it will be as good or even better. Thanks! UPDATE: I've made this several times now, and its good as written, and with the above changes. I always use a little less lemon, though. I've been asked for this recipe many times! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2012
Not particularly unique; but still a nice pleasant pasta salad freshened with lemon (I cut back significantly and just used juice) and kept moist with the addition of a little olive oil. In keeping with Hubs' preferences I skipped the cayenne and added the crunch of celery he so loves in pasta salads. Since he will eating this at the office for lunch I swapped out the red onion for fresh chives for obvious reasons. For a little extra flavor I added some Penzey's Buttermilk Dressing Seasoning. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2010
I do all you can eat barbecues at my house and I've made this recipe three times now; it's a keeper. Everyone loves it even people who don't usually like pasta salad. I use rotini pasta instead of bowtie and I put red and yellow peppers without the ham. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/01/2010
Good flavor -- love the dill..... but Too much lemon as written....I mixed the other "sauce" ingredients and added the lemon a little at a time to taste. Also not enough sauce in general. Double the sauce for the same amount of coarse ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2011
Loved the mix of dill and lemon. I did add a bit more sour cream and mayo - just like a creamier consistency - will make again for sure!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/29/2012
I will not be making this again. I cut the lemon called for in half as per other reviewers and it was still a lot of lemon. It was also very dry. Not enough sauce for the amount of pasta. I was disappointed in the outcome. Read More
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