Jennifer Aniston Salad Recipe

While the exact recipe Jennifer Aniston relied on is a bit of a mystery here’s a widely popular version of the Jennifer Aniston Salad that combines the most common elements:

Yields: 2-4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Base

  • 1 cup cooked bulgur wheat or quinoa (follow package instructions)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Veggies

  • 1-2 cucumbers, diced
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ – ½ cup chopped fresh mint

Extras

  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios (roasted and salted)

Dressing

  • Juice of 2-3 lemons (about ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the grain: Prepare the bulgur wheat or quinoa according to package directions. Let it cool slightly.
  • Prep the veggies: While the grain cooks, dice the cucumbers, chop the red onion, and roughly chop the parsley and mint leaves.
  • Assemble the salad: In a large salad bowl, combine the cooled bulgur or quinoa, chickpeas, cucumber, red onion, parsley, and mint. Add the feta cheese and pistachios.
  • Make the dressing: In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, honey (if using), salt, and pepper.
  • Dress and serve: Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat evenly. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately or chill for later.

Tips

Variations: The Jennifer Aniston Salad is highly adaptable. Explore using other herbs, adding different nuts, or swapping the feta for goat cheese.

Make it a meal: Add grilled chicken, fish, or tofu for a heartier salad.

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