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Summertime Pasta Salad


Q: What’s cool and filling and a great addition to any BBQ?

A: Pasta Salad

Now hear me out, before you start cringing about the calories, gluten, and imagine yourself feeling bloated…

There are some amazing healthy pastas on the market today that are the perfect substitute to the old-school gluten filled noodles you may have grown up with.

You can prepare and eat pasta without an ounce guilt and feel great afterwards.

It starts with selecting better quality noodles.

Healthy noodle options include red lentil, green lentil, chick pea, rice and or quinoa.

The bean based pastas are the highest in fiber and protein.

The rice and quinoa based are alternative flours that are neutral and generally do not cause inflammation. All of these are gluten free.


Summer Time Pasta Salad

Serves 8

12oz red lentil pasta – penne or rotini
¼ cup Kalamata olives chopped
2/3 cup cherry tomatoes halved
½ red pepper chopped small
¼ cup red onion chopped
½ cup cut frozen green beans thawed
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
1/3 cup cucumber diced into ½ inch squares


½ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tsp raw orange blossom honey
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp basil
Pinch sea salt
Pinch black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add rotini pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente. Drain, and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the cooled pasta, red onion, cucumber, red bell pepper, olives, parsley, and tomatoes.
  3. In a jar with a lid, mix the olive oil, lime juice, honey, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Seal jar, and shake well.
  4. Pour the dressing mixture over the pasta salad, and toss to coat. Cover, and chill 8 hours in the refrigerator.

May you feel inspired to break out of a cooking slump and make a new dish. Preparing nutritious meals to eat and share is one of the greatest demonstrations of self-love.

Wishing you Well,

Dr. Purcell

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.


  • Gerri Clark says:

    Thank you Dr. Purcell for that yummy recipe. I will make that this weekend?

  • Clinton Van Berry says:

    Wow, what a great idea. You are the best. Hope you are enjoying your summer and all is well. I am going to try your delicious suggestion and I will let you know how it turns out. Thank so much for such a great summer time suggestion. Hello to everyone with Team Purcell.

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