This pasta salad is substantial enough to be a meal in itself. Nice bread and a glass of white wine wouldn't hurt either!
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! - 21 Nov 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
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. - 06 May 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
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. - 18 May 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)