By Laura36 on May 03, 2002
Photo by AmyMCGS
Photo by AmyMCGS
"This has been in my recipe box forever so I'm not sure where it came from. This is light so a good pick for those hot days when you just don't feel like eating much."
Serving Size: 1 (57 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 16
"This is a fabulous salad! I took it to a pool party, and there wasn't a sniff left. I was afraid the lettuce would wilt when mixed in, so I just layered it on top. I was also a little put off by the amount of Realemon, but I made it exactly as written, and it was wonderful! I'll be making this again on a regular basis. Great take-along dish."
"A neat combo of flavors. Having made this a couple of times, first per the recipe, here are the things I would change: Add 1/2 the dressing, let the pasta salad chill, at serving time add lettuce, remainder of dressing and toss. Use 12 Oz. pasta, not 7. Use 1 more slice of bacon. Add 1 more tomato. Substitute chopped red onion for green onion and increase the amount."
"This is my husbands favorite summer salad. The only adaption that I made was substituting thinly sliced celery for the lettuce. I don't have to worry about the lettuce wilting and it holds up better in the fridge."
"Very good! My mom's catering business opens in 2 months and we have been trying out different items to possibly put on the cafe menu. We wanted something different than regular pasta salad and this may be the one! Also, after more than 24 hours of refrigeration, the lettuce still remains green and fresh. I followed this recipe exactly. Whether or not we decide to make this a regular on the menu; it will definitly be run as a special and will be made from time to time out of my OWN kitchen in the future. Thanks for a keeper!"
"Yummy! Made this tonight for supper. Used a little more bacon than it called for (just shy of 1 lb.) and crushed 3 chicken boullion cubes (I didn't have any granulated boullion). Other than that, followed the recipe exactly. Great flavor. Next time I'll only use 2 boullion cubes; made it a little too salty. Oh, this is great w/fresh ground pepper on it!"
"This is delicious. I wondered about the lemon, but it was really good in it. You can taste the lemon, but it gives it a unique taste. I made it for a friend and she wanted the recipe too! Thanks! "
"Great salad........tons of compliments, recipe requests & an empty bowl......what more could a person expect from a recipe. A big hit that we will be making often. THANKS!!!"
"This was an amazing salad! I made it exactly as the recipe said, except I used real lemon juice and abt a TBL of lemon zest. This actually made wayyy too much salad for just my husband and me, so on day TWO I minced a couple cloves of garlic, chopped a stalk of celery sauted them in a bit of butter and added it to the pasta. Then, on day THREE I deboned some grilled [leftover] chicken and tossed it into the salad with a handful of fresh lettuce and tomatoes. The salad is so good and easy to manipulate for what you have on hand. The lemon is sooo refreshing! Thanks for sharing your recipe, LAURA36 !"
"This is a great recipe. I made it as written with no changes. My only comment is that I had to double the recipe. What should serve 16 only served 8. That was as a side dish with tons of other food available. It was a huge hit and there was not one drop left. Everyone had modest portions. I'll be making it again but I will double the recipe. Thanks for posting this one."
"I prepared this for a party and had 3 requests for the recipe. This is really good! I prepared the ingredients the night before. I mixed half of the dressing with the pasta and all veggies except the lettuce. I mixed the bacon, lettuce, and the rest of the dressing just before serving. I used one head of romaine, and fresh lemon juice. I only had bouillon cubes, so I crushed one cube for the dressing. We generally follow a lower sodium diet, so I thought the full amount of bouillon might be too salty for our taste. Since there are no good summer tomatoes to be found in Feb, I used 3 roma."
"Very good pasta salad and a nice change from the ordinary. I was also weary of the lemon juice, but it was just fine. Thanks for sharing."
"I have made this recipe twice. Both times got rave reviews. have been asked for the recipe by everyone. It was just great. thanks a million for posting"
"Just made this for a July 4th picnic. Delicious! Was a little concerned about the combination of ingredients in the dressing, but wow they work well together. I added a little more bacon to the recipe and used a 12 oz box of pasta as one reviewer recommended. Since my family prefers Spinach, am substituting this for lettuce. I plan to add the spinach just before serving. Nice twist to turn a pasta salad into something a little more."
"This is now my go to salad recipe for any party or BBQ! I made this so many times this summer and everyone loved it...especially my DH. The first time I made the dressing with light mayo and it was disgusting, definitely use the real thing. Changed it a little bit: 3/4 c mayo 1/4 c miracle whip, a dash of season salt, 16 oz bacon, 1/2 pk of grape tomatoes (which I halved, vertically) I also used romaine lettuce and added just before serving. Thanks"
"This is a wonderful spin on the ordinary, run of the mill, pasta salad!"
"This was fantastic! I needed a new salad for a cookout with my family and came across this one. It was perfect. The lemon gave it the right amount of tang and cut the creaminess of the mayo nicely, as well as the salt from the bacon. I did up the rotini just a tad because I had a little bit extra in my pantry. Also, I put in a full pound of bacon...because well, we just love bacon. My father has never really liked pasta salad but I saw him go back to it twice. Everyone said this was a keeper. Thanks for sharing!"
"I have one word for this receipe.....YUMMMMMMMY!! I tweaked some things on it. I used ranch dressing and I did not put the lettuce in. I was aftraid of the lettuce wilting on me after the first day. Outside of those few changes, I followed the directions. How could you not like anything with bacon in it. I look forward to maybe adding different salad dressings with different veggies. Hmmmm HMMMMM Good. On top of that, its less that ten bucks to make a big batch. Great Salad for picnics."
"i, too, used half mayo and half sour cream (both half fat), mostly because i was almost out of mayo. if i'd thought of it i'd have used the homemade yogurt but oh well. i'm a vegetarian and couldn't find simulated bacon bits around here for anything right now so i did a C-L-T and used cubed cheddar instead. next time if i can't find fackon bits i might try vegetarian ham slices. i did add about a tsp of liquid smoke to the dressing for more flavor and that was a GREAT addition! fyi, 7oz of dry pasta is about half a box of smart pasta, which was plenty. i had to use a vegetarian chicken bouillon cube crumbled up as fine as i could get it since the vegetarian versions don't come in powder form. i was concerned about the small lumps that remained no matter what i did but it blended fine once on the salad. i wish i'd thought to grab some fresh lettuce from the garden instead of the tasteless iceburg in the fridge but oh well. this turned out lovely, flavorful, mild, and filling. will certainly make again! i've got the leftovers packaged with the lettuce separate for lunch tomorrow so we'll see how that goes."
"Everyone LOVED this!! I got nervous after adding the lemon juice. I made the dressing a few hours in advance of serving - to chill, and didn't like the taste of it AT ALL. I thought I had made a big mistake - but it actually ended up mellowing out and you couldn't taste it. I used cheese tortellini for the pasta and actually chopped up a couple of avacodo's and threw in. Will hold on to this recipe and make many more times!!"
"YUM! What a nice change from your basic macaroni salad or tuna macaroni salad! I loved it and give it a 5***** rating! My family would too if next time I cut back on the onion a little bit...they're not real big onion fans...Anyway, for a refreshing change and welcome addition to our summer menu, this recipe joins the ranks! Thanks! ----Martha"