Healthy Halloween Recipe Healthy Halloween Pasta Salad
Healthy Halloween Pasta Salad
This is an update to my previous Healthy Halloween Recipe: Healthy Halloween Pasta Salad.
I used food coloring (a LOT of food coloring) on those noodles, and I’ve been dying to try this with squid ink pasta instead! I try to limit the amount of artificial colors and flavors the kids get. The very black noodles made with squid ink are a fun treat at our house. Another change I made was to use cucumber this time, instead of zucchini, for the jack-o-lantern faces. I knew the kids would prefer the taste of the cucumber, but the firm zucchini made cuter faces. Although, I thought the cucumber seeds gave a bit of a ‘freckled-nose’ look.
Here’s what you’ll need:
If you can’t find any of this pasta locally, there’s plenty to choose from on Amazon.
Like this adorable black and white striped bow tie pasta!
I think this would work well, and give the salad a fun, Tim Burton feel.
I used a spaghetti noodle, and it was very tasty! The squid ink mostly just adds color, and maybe a little bit of a salty flavor, but not much.
Cook up your noodles, according to the package directions.
Drain, then toss the noodles in salad dressing so they don’t stick together.
Allow to cool.
While the noodles are cooling, cut cucumber or zucchini into disks. ** Most kids like cucumber better, but the zucchini makes cuter faces because there’s less moisture and fewer seeds**
Next, with a sharp knife, cut little faces into the disks… soooo cute!
Once the noodles cool, stir in your veggie ingredients.
Additional veggie options:
Bell Peppers, any color would work great!
I tried to stick to orange, purple, and green for the veg.
Now that I’m seeing my previous photo, I’m thinking that cutting the cheese into cubes looked better than shredding it. Orange cheese looks better, but I opted for some raw cheddar that we love.
For dressing I wanted to use our favorite vinaigrette, from Braggs. Check with your local health food store to find it. If not, it’s available HERE on Amazon.
After getting all the ingredients combined, add a little more dressing (to taste), then top with the cute jack-o-lantern faces.
The boys were really excited to see what I’d made! My oldest son dug right in, pretending to be a monster eating the cucumber ‘heads’!
It was a huge hit! Can’t wait to make it again.
If you make it, be sure to post in comments how it worked out for you!