Spring Sweet Pea Pasta Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Spring Sweet Pea Pasta Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Spring Sweet Pea Pasta Salad

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"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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Original recipe makes 6 large servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    50 mins


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 21, 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!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 03, 2010

This was good but the onion was a bit over kill. Not sure if we just got a strong tear inducing onion or if it was just to much. Will try again with "less is best"

May 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.

May 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.

Sep 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!

Apr 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.

Mar 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!

Jul 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.


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  • Calories
  • 829 kcal
  • 41%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 64.7 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 84 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 51.5 g
  • 79%
  • Fiber
  • 4.6 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 29.7 g
  • 59%
  • Sodium
  • 1000 mg
  • 40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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