Pasta Spring Vegetable Salad


1 1 lb package medium pasta shells
1 lb fresh asparagus, cut into 1" pieces
1 16 oz pkg frozen baby peas
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1 8 oz container lemon yogurt
2 TBSP lemon juice
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp salt


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta shells and cook according to package directions, adding asparagus pieces during the last 4 minutes of cooking time. Meanwhile, place frozen peas in a colander in the sink. When pasta is tender and asparagus is crisp tender, drain into colander over peas. Drain well and add orange pepper. In large bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon yogurt, lemon juice, pepper, and salt and mix with wire whisk to blend. Add pasta mixture and stir gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

This salad is great just like this. However, it can be turned into a main dish by adding 1/2 lb cooked and cooled shrimp, or diced ham, or diced chicken.