Healthy Halloween Recipe: Veggie Loaded Pasta Salad

Healthy Halloween Recipe :  Squid Ink Pasta Salad!

Healthy Halloween recipe pasta salad squid ink

 

This is an update to my previous Healthy Halloween Recipe: Healthy Halloween Pasta Salad.

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:

Healthy Halloween recipe pasta salad squid ink

Healthy Halloween recipe pasta salad squid ink

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!

Tim Burton Style black and white bow tie pasta Halloween recipe

I think this would work well, and give the salad a 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.

Healthy Halloween recipe pasta salad squid ink

Instructions:

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.

Healthy Halloween recipe pasta salad squid ink

 

While the noodles are cooling, cut cucumber or zucchini into disks.

Healthy Halloween recipe pasta salad squid ink

 

Next, with a sharp knife, cut little faces into the disks… soooo cute!

Healthy Halloween recipe pasta salad squid ink

Once the noodles cool, stir in your veggie ingredients.

Healthy Halloween recipe pasta salad squid ink
Additional veggie options:
Snow Peas
Black Olives
Purple Carrots
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 was trying to avoid unnatural color so I used the raw cheddar 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.

Healthy Halloween recipe pasta salad squid ink
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’!

Healthy Halloween recipe pasta salad squid inkHealthy Halloween recipe pasta salad squid ink

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!

Enjoy
~Rebecca

Comments

    • Rebecca says

      For the penne, yes. I added a lot of black to the water while the pasta was cooking. I’ve since learned that you can add color after it’s cooked and drained and it’s much more vibrant. I don’t know how much…just start tossing color in and add more as needed.

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