With all the treats and sweets during Halloween time…..it is nice to have a healthy “fun” food dish to serve up your little monsters before they head out to all the parties. This grumpy monster pasta salad is full of veggies and pasta…and is sure to be a hit with your little gremlins. I was going for the “Bride of Frankenstein” look….what do ya think? Obviously feel free to substitute your families favorite veggies or cheeses…make it your own 🙂
I may have had a little bit too much fun putting this together…just sayin…When folks are ready to dig in…just place a large serving spoon beside the tray and little friends can grab their favorite things from the platter. A little container of ranch or dressing is perfect to drizzle on top. Easy!
Use a large platter or even a cookie sheet to contain your veggies. A foil “template” may help to visualize your design. Get the kids involved and have them create with the food….win win:)
Here is what I used to create mine:
1 red pepper (eyes and mouth)
1 bunch of celery
a bit of green food coloring (for the eyebrows)
1 small box bowtie paste cooked and cooled
bottle of favorite dressing
See picture above to get clues for how to begin your monster. I peeled about 7 long pieces of cucumber and set them in between the pasta to look like hair. I created the face with celery pieces, red pepper, cucumbers and a sausage nose. I found that it helped to dry the pasta a bit on a towel so that is wasn’t too slippery.
It is a good idea to have some extra veggies on the side…and some pasta too—especially if you are feeding a crowd.
Like I said….have fun with it…and get the kiddos involved—they may never look at red peppers the same again:)
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Thanks Tracie! What a fun, healthy thing to serve at a Halloween party. I love it! Tracie has such smart ideas, and she is so talented too. Here are a few of her projects that I think you’ll love:
I just love this Barn Door Table she built. Wouldn’t you love this in your living room?
And this is an awesome refashion! She turned an old leather coat into a chair seat. So smart! Find the tutorial here.
And she always shares fun recipes. Here is a recipe for a delicious looking Mocha Frappe.
I love having Tracie on my team. She’s so amazing. Make sure to visit Cleverly Inspired and
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 red pepper (eyes and mouth)
- 1 bunch of celery
- dry sausage
- a bit of green food coloring (for the eyebrows)
- 1 small box bowtie paste cooked and cooled
- bottle of favorite dressing
- I peeled about 7 long pieces of cucumber and set them in between the pasta to look like hair.
- I created the face with celery pieces, red pepper, cucumbers and a sausage nose.
- I found that it helped to dry the pasta a bit on a towel so that is wasn’t too slippery.