dried pasta of your choice - Bowtie pasta is my favorite for this. spaghetti or fettuccine don't work as well.
variety of fresh raw vegetables, chopped - Here are some ideas:
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
- If using onion, chop and sauté in olive oil until translucent. Set aside to cool.
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain in a colander. While draining, stir in the frozen green peas (if using). The hot pasta thaws them and softens them. Let pasta cool, just a bit. If you let it cool too much, it will stick together. Transfer pasta to a large bowl.
- Chop all vegetables, medium. Stir into pasta, along with cooked onions (if using).
- In a separate bowl, mix together: mayo, yogurt, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. I don't use exact measurements - just stir until it's about the consistency of salad dressing or a bit thicker. I generally use more mayo than yogurt, but the yogurt makes me think it's more healthy.
- Gently fold the dressing into the pasta mixture. If it seems too dry, add a bit more. It will thicken when cool, so don't worry if it seems a little wet.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour and a half. Sprinkle top with paprika lightly before serving.