Jennifer Aniston Salad (2024)

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By Brittany Mullins



Published Apr 21, 2022, Updated Oct 06, 2023

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Here’s how to make the viral Jennifer Aniston salad with quinoa or bulgur, cucumber, fresh herbs, pistachios, chickpeas and feta all tossed in lemon juice and olive oil.

Given my love for salads, I just had to try Jennifer Aniston’s salad that went viral on TikTok!

Some sources say she ate the salad every day for 10 years while filming the show Friends, but after a little research I found that this is actually a salad she shared while doing an Instagram takeover for the Living Proof brand. It’s no longer on Instagram, but you can still find it on the Way Back Machine (aka the best site for looking up old content). This post was from 2015 and in the caption Aniston said the salad, with bulgur, cucumbers, parsley, mint, red onion, chickpeas, feta cheese and pistachios was her “perfect salad.”

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And according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the salad she ate daily on the set of Friends with her co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox, was a spruced up Cobb salad with turkey bacon and chickpeas. Sounds delish and probably similar to my vegan Cobb salad, but with turkey bacon.

Either way, after trying Jen’s tabbouleh-inspired salad I can totally see why she (and the whole internet) is obsessed. It’s not only delicious and packed with SO much flavor, but it also has the perfect amount of protein, smart carbs, healthy fats, and veggies – all the components of a good meal-sized salad.

Jen’s original version of this salad calls for bulgur wheat as the base, but when I went to make this salad for the first time I couldn’t find bulgur wheat anywhere, so I decided to make it with quinoa. It worked great and this salad is easily becoming a new staple in our house.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It has all the components of a goodmeal-sized salad… protein, smart carbs, healthy fats, veggies and satisfaction factor!
  • It’s light, flavorful and jam-packed with tons of fresh herbs!
  • Quick and easy to whip up – you only need 10 ingredients (plus salt + pepper) and one bowl!
  • It holds up well in the fridge so it’s the perfect meal prep recipe. Prep this over the weekend and have lunch ready to go for the entire week!
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Ingredients Needed

  • quinoa– instead of bulgur I used white quinoa as the base. That said, you can totally use bulgur wheat or even farro as the grain in this salad. Quinoa is a good source of protein, high in fiber, rich in vitamins and minerals and naturally gluten-free. It’s also a complete protein, which means it has all nine essential amino acids including lysine… a rare find when it comes to plant-based foods.
  • cucumber – adds a nice crunch! I personally like using mini cucumbers because they don’t have large seeds.
  • fresh parsley– flat-leaf parsley and curly parsley both work well in this recipe. Make sure your bunch of parsley is washed and dried well before chopping it!
  • fresh mint– the addition of fresh mint adds so much flavor! Again, make sure your mint is washed and dried before chopping it.
  • red onion– the perfect way to add a bit of flavor and more crunch. You can use yellow onion if needed.
  • pistachios– roasted and salted. Adds some healthy fat and more protein to this salad.
  • chickpeas– I used canned chickpeas (otherwise known as garbanzo beans) for ease, but of course, you can totally cook the chickpeas from scratch if desired. Freshly cooked beans are really delicious if you have the time.
  • feta cheese – this adds some healthy fat and such a good flavor to the salad so I wouldn’t recommend omitting it. If needed you can use vegan feta.
  • dressing– instead of an elaborate dressing, we’re using lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to add a light and refreshing flavor to the salad.
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How to Make

This salad is super easy to whip up. To start, cook your quinoa according to the package (you can also follow my full tutorial on how to cook quinoa) directions until it has softened. Drain out any excess water, if needed.

In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, cucumbers, parsley, mint, red onion, pistachios, chickpeas, feta, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. Taste and add more salt or pepper if necessary.

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Cooking Quinoa for Salad

When it comes to cooking quinoa to use for salad, it’s basically thesame process as normal, but I like to make my quinoa a day in advance, let it cool and chill it in the fridge overnight and then use it for the salad the next day.

Prepping it in advance is just so the quinoa doesn’t heat up the other salad ingredients. Of course it’s fine to cook it the same day and just let it cool a bit before using. I do this all the time when I’m in a rush!

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Notes and Substitutions

  • Quinoa – I love this salad with quinoa, but you can totally swap it with cooked bulgur wheat or farro instead.
  • Cheese– I love the creaminess and flavor the feta adds, but you can easily swap it with another cheese. I bet goat cheese would be delicious! You can also skip the cheese altogether or use a dairy-free feta cheese if you want the salad to be vegan.
  • Avocado–Want to add a little more creaminess and healthy fat to yoursalad? Add in some chopped avocado.
  • Pistachios – Feel free to swap the pistachios with another nut. I bet roasted and salted almonds would be delicious. If you need this salad to be nut-free, you can totally swap the nuts for roasted sunflower seeds.
  • Protein – You can totally swap the chickpeas with a different type of protein or even add more protein to this salad. I love serving the salad alongside my apple cider vinegar chicken or air fryer chicken breast on top. It would also be delicious with baked tofu, tempeh, grilled shrimp or air fryer salmon.

How to Store

I love meal prepping this salad for lunches throughout the week! It stores so well and even tastes better the next day as the ingredients have time to soak up more of the flavors. To store, place leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

More Quinoa Recipes to Try

  • Easy Quinoa Salad
  • Quinoa Vegetable Soup
  • Quinoa Tabbouleh
  • Cheesy Mexican Quinoa Casserole
  • Quinoa Fried “Rice” with Shrimp
  • Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
  • Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
  • Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad

Popular Salad Recipes

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  • Mediterranean Salmon Salad
  • Farro Salad
  • Tabbouleh Salad
  • Mexican Street Corn Salad
  • Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
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  • Vegan Cobb Salad
  • Sunflower Crunch Salad
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Be sure to check out all of my quinoa recipes as well as the full collection of salad recipes on EBF!

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Jennifer Aniston Salad

By: Brittany Mullins

Here's how to make the viral Jennifer Aniston salad with quinoa or bulgur, cucumber, fresh herbs, pistachios, chickpeas and feta all tossed in lemon juice and olive oil.

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes minutes

Servings: 6


  • 1 cup quinoa or bulgur wheat, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup mint, chopped
  • cup red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup roasted and salted pistachios, chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about 5-6 Tablespoons)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese


  • Rinse and drain quinoa. Add quinoa and water to a small pot and bring the water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

  • In a medium bowl, stir together cooked quinoa, cucumber, parsley, mint, red onion, pistachios, chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and feta.

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  • Serve immediately or let the salad chill in the fridge a couple hours before serving.

  • Store salad in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.


  • Feel free to use bulgur if desired. Add bulgur and water to a small pot and bring the water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 12 minutes. Drain off any access water. Fluff with a fork and let cool for 5-10 minutes.


Serving: 1/6 recipe | Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad

Cuisine: American

Keyword: jennifer aniston salad

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How healthy is Jennifer Aniston salad? ›

This recipe for the Jennifer Aniston salad is packed with nutrient-rich ingredients and it contains under 500 calories for a large meal-size salad. It is also completely gluten-free and vegetarian. Make it vegan and dairy free by omitting the cheese or using a dairy-free cheese.

What was the salad that Jennifer Aniston ate every day? ›

The salad Jen ate on the set of Friends was a Cobb Salad, while this salad is a riff on a tabbouleh.

What is Jennifer Aniston's diet? ›

It's pretty clear: Eat as much organic fruits and veggies as you can, keep sugar [intake] low, drink tons and tons of water and get good sleep. I allow myself to indulge once in a while... I don't give myself any rules anymore."

How long does Jennifer Aniston salad last in the fridge? ›

Get Creative: Customize this Jennifer Aniston salad recipe and add or remove any ingredients your wish- swap the feta for your favorite dairy-free substitute to make this vegan! Storage: Salad can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 4 – 6 days.

Can you lose weight with Jennifer Aniston salad? ›

It's a Great Source of Protein

Feder tells us that Aniston's favorite salad is packed with protein, which helps with weight loss and maintaining good health. "The cheese, eggs, nuts, and seeds, provide great sources of protein.

What is the healthiest salad to eat everyday? ›

Best: Black Bean-and-Avocado Salad

The beans are a good source of disease-fighting antioxidants, and they have protein and fiber, as well as energy-boosting iron. Avocado adds creaminess and fiber. Plus, its fats help your body take in nutrients, including heart-healthy lycopene.

What does Jennifer Aniston eat for breakfast? ›

“When I wake up, I have warm lemon water and then I have a shake or avocado and eggs, which is one of my favorites,” Aniston says. “I sprinkle a little coconut oil on that. Sometimes I'll have a puffed millet cereal with a banana, or I'll do oatmeal with an egg white whipped in at the end.”

What does Jennifer Aniston eat to stay healthy? ›

Jennifer's meals always include a protein and vegetables.

When lunch comes around, she's hungry for something more substantial. "I'll usually have lunch around one or two, and it's usually some form of vegetables and a protein."

Is Jennifer Aniston salad low-carb? ›

Jennifer Aniston's go-to lettuce-less salad boasts a nutritious blend of assorted vegetables, crunchy nuts, and hearty plant-based proteins to deliver a high-protein, low-carb meal that you can make in minutes.

How did Kelly Clarkson lose all her weight? ›

Exercise and a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of it progressing. Clarkson credits her move to New York City for helping her get active. In an exclusive interview with People, she revealed that she's lost weight because she's now taking her wellness seriously and walking more.

How much does Jennifer Aniston weigh? ›

Aniston shared, “My body doesn't love carbs. These days, if I was being super picky, I would love to drop 5 pounds. That is just where I have always been really comfortable at about 110 to 113 pounds.

Does Jennifer Aniston eat candy? ›

Generally, her diet consists mostly of nutritious whole foods like fruits, vegetables, a good balance of proteins, carbs, and heart-healthy fats. Although no foods are strictly restricted, she limits processed foods and added sugar from foods like candies, sweets, and desserts.

What are the healthiest nuts for salads? ›

English walnuts are higher in antioxidants, and black walnuts ounce for ounce have the highest protein count of all tree nuts. Macadamia nuts are full of nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins that are critical to optimal health and wellness.

How many calories are in a cup of Jennifer Aniston salad? ›

Per serving: Calories 510, Fat 21 g (Saturated 5 g, Trans 0 g), Cholesterol 15 mg, Sodium 520 mg, Carbohydrate 65 g (Fibre 13 g, Sugars 9 g), Protein 19 g.

What is in the original Jennifer Aniston salad recipe? ›

The real Jennifer Aniston salad is a riff on a Cobb salad and contains salami, chicken, turkey bacon, garbanzo beans, pecorino cheese, tomatoes, and Italian dressing. It does not contain cucumbers, feta cheese, a whole grain, or a lemon vinaigrette.

How many calories does the Jennifer Aniston salad have? ›

Nutritional Information

Per serving: Calories 510, Fat 21 g (Saturated 5 g, Trans 0 g), Cholesterol 15 mg, Sodium 520 mg, Carbohydrate 65 g (Fibre 13 g, Sugars 9 g), Protein 19 g.

How does Jennifer Aniston stay healthy? ›

Jennifer previously told Women's Health that she aims to work out four days a week, with an additional day being a “major walk or hike.” She's also doing her best to maximize her workout time. "I can do 20 minutes and get as good of a workout as if I work for an entire hour," she shared.

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