This Jennifer Aniston-Inspired Quinoa Salad is full of fresh ingredients, protein and fiber, I’m not sure if I’ll ever eat another salad!
- Roasted Chickpeas: Roast the chickpeas before adding them to your salad, or dump them in from the can. Adding a crunchy roasted chickpea will give the salad more texture, but you can simply dump them in from the can.
- Cucumbers: Persian cucumbers will work best, since they have a low water content in them, but any cucumber you have on hand will work.
- Quinoa: Any grain will work for this salad. I choose to use quinoa (because it’s my favorite!) but you can use rice, bulgar or couscous.
- Red Onion: Add as much or as little diced red onion as you’d like to this salad. It gives it a bit of a kick.
- Cheese: Use a briny cheese like Feta to punch up this salad.
- Fresh herbs: Adding fresh greenery such as mint and dill will make this salad taste even fresher. I love adding handfuls of freshly-chopped herbs to compliment the other flavors.
- Lemon: A fresh squeeze of lemon will bring all these flavors together. Use lemon juice alone or pair with olive oil as the dressing.
How to Make Jennifer Aniston’s Quinoa Salad
Making this salad is as easy as chopping up some of the ingredients and then tossing it all together.
First, wash your cucumbers and slice them into fourths and then chop them into pieces so they are easy to eat. Toss in your cooked quinoa, feta, red onion and roasted chickpeas.
Toss together and throw in the fresh mint and dill. Squeeze the lemon over the whole salad and add in a drizzle of olive oil and taste. Add in salt and pepper to taste.
The Original Salad
I’ll admit – I did tweak the recipe of the original Jennifer Aniston salad.
The original salad that Aniston revealed she ate every day during the filming of Friends actually had bulgar instead of quinoa in it.
I prefer the texture and taste of quinoa, but you can easily replace the quinoa in this recipe for the original ingredient, bulgar.
Benefits of this Salad
There are so many benefits of eating this salad!
First of all, it doesn’t really seem like a salad, more of a bunch of good-for-you ingredients tossed together.
This salad is chock-full of fiber, protein and other micronutrients.