Bob Marley and Rasta Pasta

Bob Marley & Rasta PastaJust a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to pay my respects to the King of Reggae, Bob Marley. I’m not a huge Bob Marley fan, but being in Jamaica and all, this was one of the things I had on my bucket list to which I can now officially say “check!”

Zion Tour Bus

Instead of taking the Zion Tour Bus (which is now highly recommended by the way), a couple of friends and I decided to drive up to the Bob Marley Mausoleum located in a small hamlet called Nine Mile about 1.5 hours drive away from Ocho Rios.

Road to Nine Mile1

The dense vegetation, rolling hills, and lush green landscape of the island interior was a sight to behold (for us nature-lovers), until we discovered there were no road signs to take us there! No … never mind the narrow, winding curves and mega pothole-dodging maneuvers, there were no signs, period!

Enroute to Nine Mile

So what should have taken us about one and a half hours turned out to be an all day adventure!  Mind you though, we did stop to pet a donkey and some goats, snapped a few photos, and chatted with some of the locals along the way.

Bob Marley resting

In a nutshell, the tour itself was quite enjoyable for a party of three with our “high on life” tour guide, Captain Crazy. The mausoleum offered us insights to the life, music, and inspirations of this legendary artist from his humble beginnings, as well as a peek into his final resting place.

Bob Marley

Captain crazy

Bob Marley Mausoleum

The grounds were more commercialized than I had expected, but then again, so is everything else becoming on the island. Being the last tour of the day we were fortunately not greeted with clouds of smoke and whiffs of marijuana throughout the air (thank goodness), although it is legal to smoke as much as you want within the confinement of the mausoleum – just saying.

Bob Marley house

This is Bob’s tiny two-room cottage up on Mt. Zion.  It is said that he got most of his music inspiration here, and so I had a little inspiration of my own …

Here’s my Raw Rasta Pasta …

.. and my tribute to the Legend himself.  For those who are unfamiliar, the Rasta colors are very symbolic: yellow represents the sun, red for blood, and green for nature (and marijuana for some).

The mango strips provide a sweet and tangy flavor so there’s no need for any salad dressing.

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For a creamy pasta dish however, you may want to try it with a dollop of Curry Dressing (recipe below). Add cayenne to taste or top with chia seeds.

Raw Rasta Pasta

Raw Rasta Pasta

Serves 2
Prep time 20 minutes
Dietary Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish, Starter
Misc Child Friendly


  • 2 cups firm young coconut meat (julienne)
  • 1 Small sweet red pepper (julienne)
  • 1/2 cup zucchini or cucumber (julienne)
  • 1 cup mango flesh (julienne)
  • 1 stalk scallion/green onion (green section finely sliced)
  • chia seeds (garnish)
  • cilantro (garnish)
  • dash cayenne (optional)


1. Combine all ingredients except last three, in a bowl
2. Toss with Creamy Curry Dressing
3. Add a few dashes of chia seeds and cayenne if using
4. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!

Creamy Dairy-free Curry Dressing

Prep time 5 minutes
Dietary Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Vegan
Meal type Condiment
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable


  • 1/2 cup firm young coconut meat
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice freshly squeezed)
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


1. Blend coconut meat, acv, and curry powder in a blender
2. Slowly add coconut oil while blending until it becomes creamy
3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Toss with your favorite salad.
5. Enjoy!


Martine ~ holistic nutritionista


CNP, Holistic Health Coach ~ I specialize in supporting my clients stress less, improve digestive wellness, eat clean, and break the barrier of the food and mood connection.


  1. A wonderful tribute to one of my favorite artists!

  2. Christine Murphy

    Martine, my head is too much into the books. I didn’t know Bob Marley died. When? How old, or should I say … “young” was he? How my spirit his aching to return to Jamaica. I have two more months of school, but if it gets too brain boggling, I may take a break in between. Rasta Pasta sounds great! And I can’t wait to see you again! My Love to all please, darling Martine! I’ll email you soon.

    • He died of cancer on May 11, 1981. He was 36 years young. Jamaica misses you too Christine … and you know my doors are always open for you! :)

      Have a terrific day! Be happy, study lots, and be well!

  3. Christine Murphy

    And how do I uplad my photo on this page? Thanks!

  4. Christine Murphy

    By the way, Chia Seeds are part of my staple diet!

  5. Wow! Love the colors and the freshness!
    Bob Marley was a truly talented and gifted songwriter and artist. From his humble beginnings in Nine Mile, St. Ann, to international stardom, he gave voice to the everyday struggles of Jamaicans. He put Jamaica on the map and introduced the world to reggae.

  6. Rasta Pasta? Yumm! :-)

    Subhan Zein

  7. Hello, Im trying to find out more about Bob Marley, his life and about the lyrics he wrote, I always feel sad when I listen to some of his songs, I know he wanted peace in the world, especially at home. I wonder more about him and his lifestyle. Do you have any inside information? I keep searching for answers and I cannot stop…although I was not a Bob Marley fan…I feel I need to know who he truly was. Love that Rasta Pasta Recipe by the way. Thank you.

    • Hi Cat, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Been having internet problems … it comes and goes here. I don’t know any more than what’s out there on the internet but I’ll be sure to keep you in mind if I come across anything of interest. In the meantime, here is the link to a trailer of the Bob Marley movie that came out in April. It’s about his life and music and I am looking forward to watching it. Have you seen this? If so, any comments? Would appreciate your feedback.

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment! :)

  8. hello still waiting for a reply…meanwhile Im enjoying Rasta Pasta!! Cat

  9. Thanks for waiting so patiently Cat. Hope the above info was useful. Thanks again and have a terrific day!

  10. Oo yum. This looks interesting, new, and tasty!

    • HI Allison…I’d love living in Jamaica, it might happen. My friend Deric is from Montego Bay, says its quite economical to live there. I’m thinking…..

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