Why is Jennifer Aniston's viral salad recipe trending? | The Sun

IF you are a fan of 90s sitcom Friends, then you would have heard about the famous Jennifer Aniston salad.

Aniston supposedly ate this "doctored Cobb salad" every day for 10 years while filming the cult show according to on-and-off screen friend Courteney Cox.

What is Jennifer Aniston's salad recipe?

Rumours of Aniston's daily lunch began in 2010 when Cox described the salad to the Los Angeles Times as "bulgur, chickpeas parsley, mint, diced cucumbers, red onion, chopped pistachios and feta cheese" with lemon juice, olive oil and kosher salt to top it off.

Cox said at the time: “Jennifer [Aniston] and Lisa [Kudrow] and I ate lunch together every single day for 10 years.

"And we always had the same thing — a Cobb salad.

"But it wasn’t really a Cobb salad. It was a Cobb salad that Jennifer doctored up with turkey bacon and garbanzo beans and I don’t know what.


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"She just has a way with food, which really helps. Because if you’re going to eat the same salad every day for 10 years, it’d better be a good salad, right?”

Over the years, thousands upon thousands of social media users polished up their cooking skills to recreate the "Jennifer Aniston salad" recipe – maybe one of the most viral TikTok salads of all time.

One version of the salad has become a TikTok sensation.

Here's the rumored ingredients:

  • 3.5 cups cooked bulgur wheat
  • 2-3 chopped small cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 (15oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (can also baked in the oven or air fried for some extra crunch)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta

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What has Jennifer said about the recipe?

When Jennifer starred on Friends, she did regularly eat a healthy yet filling salad in between takes, but it wasn't the "doctored Cobb salad" that many people believed it to be.

Aniston said in an interview with Shape: "I'm sorry, I feel like I'm disappointing everybody, but that's not my salad."

"It looks delicious, but it's not the salad that I had on Friends."

Indeed, the 53-year-old actress said she had no idea where this now legendary recipe came from, adding that she "would never have that much chickpea in a salad, to be honest. Not good for the digestive tract."

Instead, the actress gave an insight into her favourite salad at the time – the real Jennifer Aniston salad.

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Aniston's actual salad recipe includes garbanzo beans and "shredded lettuce, bacon, chicken, egg whites and a basic vinaigrette".

The Golden Globe Awards winner sometimes added pecorino cheese from a local Italian restaurant.

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