A Colorful, Healthy Halloween Salad Recipe
Need a few healthy Halloween alternatives this season? If you're hosting a party, dinner or even just a quiet night in and want something besides sugar, here are a few Halloween salad recipe ideas to try. Just because they are nutritious doesn’t mean they can’t be festive, which make these recipe ideas perfect for adults and kids alike.
Blood Orange Salad
This is a fantastic Halloween salad recipe for a potluck party because you can make it in advance. It's a great combination of sweet and savory, and it couldn't be a better color match for Halloween with all of the orange and red ingredients.
- 3 beets, fresh or canned
- 1 blood orange
- 4 carrots (shredded)
- 1 pomegranate
If using fresh beets, cook them in boiling water. Once the beets are cooked and their skins have been removed, dice them into bite-sized pieces. To the beets, add small sections of your blood orange, the shredded carrots and the seeds from your pomegranate. Toss together to create a colorful blood red and bright orange Halloween treat and add a little ginger-flavored dressing for a perfect light Halloween salad.
Witches Hairball Salad
This dish is a great way to get the kids to eat healthy on Halloween. It also makes a fun side dish for an adult Halloween bash as well. The name makes it super spooky so have a label on the serving dish so everyone knows they are eating witch hair!
- 2 cups alfalfa sprouts
- 1 avocado
- 5 large carrots, grated
- Italian vinaigrette dressing
Start by cutting the avocado into large chunks. In a bowl, mash the alfalfa sprouts and avocado together (lumps are OK). On a large serving platter arrange the grated carrots in an even layer. Then, using a spoon, create small balls (walnut size) out of the avocado/sprout mixture. Place the balls on top of the grated carrots and dress with the vinaigrette.
Halloween Bean Salad
This dish is less spooky but equally as festive because it includes all of the Halloween holiday colors. It is perfect to make for a large party for adult or kids. Served best with blue corn tortilla chips for dipping.
- 2 cans no-salt black beans (15 oz. each)
- 2 bell peppers (orange)
- 1 fresh jalapeno
- Red onion
- Green onion
- 1/2 cup mandarin oranges
- 1 cup edamame (out of shell)
- ½ cup fresh cilantro
- 3 roma tomatoes
- Juice from 2 limes
- 4 tbsp. sherry vinegar
- 2 tbsp. of cumin
Drain the black beans and place in a large bowl. Add the edamame. Finely chop the bell peppers, jalapeno (make sure to discard the ribs and seeds), red onion, green onion, oranges, tomatoes and cilantro. Add all of these into the bowl and season with salt, pepper, cumin, sherry vinegar and lime juice. Toss to combine well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Use your own Halloween salad idea in addition to the salads above for a Halloween buffet!
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