The Jennifer Aniston Salad took the internet by storm, leaving everyone craving a taste of this viral sensation. But did you know that Jennifer Aniston herself never actually ate that famous salad on set? In a recent interview, Aniston revealed that the mix-up occurred when she shared a salad recipe during an Instagram takeover for the Living Proof brand. So, while the “Jennifer Aniston Salad” became a sensation, it wasn’t the same one she enjoyed while filming Friends.
According to Aniston’s co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Courtney Cox, the real salad recipe that Jennifer Aniston loved on set was a “doctored up” Cobb salad. She added chickpeas and turkey bacon to make it even more delicious. But fear not! The salad that gained fame as “The Jennifer Salad” is still absolutely divine and definitely worth trying.
Why is This Salad Worth the Hype?
This legendary salad went viral for a reason. It’s a perfect combination of freshness, healthiness, vibrancy, and, most importantly, it’s filling! Here are a few more reasons why this internet-famous recipe deserves a spot on your plate:
Quick and Easy: Not only is this salad incredibly nutritious, but it’s also incredibly simple to make. With bulgur wheat as the base, you’ll feel satisfied for hours after enjoying this delectable dish. Plus, it takes no time to throw together!
Customizable: While Jennifer Aniston’s original combo is fantastic, feel free to give this salad your own personal touch. Swap out ingredients and experiment with different veggies, nuts, and herbs to create a flavor combination that suits your taste buds perfectly.
Perfect for Meal Prep: This wholesome Jennifer salad recipe is perfect for your meal prepping needs. Make a large batch on the weekends and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy a fresh, satisfying lunch all week long!
To create this easy and delightful salad, you’ll need three sets of ingredients:
Bulgur Wheat: You can use any type of bulgur you have on hand, but medium coarse bulgur is recommended. You can find it at your local grocery store or order it online. If you’re new to bulgur, check out our Types of Bulgur and How to Cook Bulgur guides for foolproof results.
Salad Dressing: Gather fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, and ground black pepper to create a simple yet delicious dressing.
Salad Ingredients: You’ll need an English cucumber, chickpeas, red onion, fresh mint, fresh parsley, pistachios, and crumbled feta cheese to complete this mouthwatering salad.
How to Make This Recipe
Creating the Jennifer salad is a breeze. Just a little bit of chopping and a quick toss in the dressing, and you’re good to go. Here’s how it’s done:
Cook the Bulgur: In a small saucepan, combine the bulgur and 2 cups of water (or chicken/veggie broth) over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, then cover and let it simmer on low heat until all the liquid is absorbed. While it rests, you can prepare the rest of the salad. For detailed instructions on cooking bulgur, check out our How to Cook Bulgur Wheat guide.
Make the Dressing: In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper until well combined.
Assemble the Salad: Place the cooked bulgur (fluff it with a fork first), cucumber, chickpeas, red onion, fresh herbs, pistachios, and feta cheese in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the ingredients, gently toss everything together, and taste for seasoning. Add more salt or pepper if desired.
How to Store
This salad stays fresh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, making it the perfect option for meal prep. The flavors of the grains and veggies meld together over time, making it even more delicious with each passing day.
Other Grain-Based Salad Recipes You Might Like
If you’re a fan of fresh, colorful, flavorful, and filling salads like this viral Bulgur Salad recipe, you’re in for a treat! Check out these other delicious salad recipes:
- Turkish Tabbouleh
- Quinoa Tabbouleh
- Forbidden Rice Salad
- Ottolenghi’s Bulgur Salad
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So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the Jennifer Aniston Salad. You won’t regret it! And if you’re looking for some finger-licking BBQ to go along with your salad, check out Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. They’ll take your meal to the next level!