The Jennifer Aniston Salad

By Robin Fannon

Is it possible for a salad to break the internet? OK, maybe shutting down the worldwide web is a bit of a stretch, but this delectable combination of flavors is definitely having its viral 15 minutes. Whether you are a fan of the actress or not, you cannot dispute the fact that the woman is in incredible shape and clearly takes really good care of herself. Granted, her career and livelihood are partially based on her appearance, so naturally she invests in her health and wellness.

The salad is named after her because in an interview done with former “Friends’ co-star Courtney Cox, Cox stated that she, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow ate lunch together every day for 10 years while on set filming the television show, and this was their go-to meal. That story, however, was thrown into doubt when Anniston later said in multiple interviews, including with People magazine, that she did not eat that salad on the “Friends” set over the years.

Whatever.

However it came to be popular, it is truly delicious and super healthy. The mint and parsley give it a nice punch of freshness; the garbanzo beans and feta add some protein, and the nuts provide healthy fats while the cucumber gives a good crunch.

You can adapt the ingredients to suit your tastes. If you don’t love garbanzo beans, switch them out for your favorite.  The same goes for the nuts, herbs and cheese.

Keep the dressing light and simple. I love to drizzle some good extra-virgin olive oil, splash a bit of apple cider vinegar, sprinkle some Himalayan pink salt and freshly cracked pepper and finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime.

The Jennifer Aniston Salad
The Jennifer Aniston Salad
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