How to Make the Famous Jennifer Aniston Salad {Healthy Bulgur Salad}

Everyone’s talking about this viral Jennifer Aniston Salad, and we can see why – it’s delicious!

So no one told you life would be like this. Your job is a joke, you’re broke, you eat the same salad every day…or at least if you’re Jennifer Aniston. Bonus points if you sang that line to the theme song. you are true ffriends Fan.

As one of the most famous and popular sitcoms in television history friends has influenced global pop culture and also our kitchens. Example: The Jennifer Aniston Salad we’re testing today. While Ross’ delicious Moistmaker sandwich may be the show’s most iconic recipe, it’s Jennifer Aniston’s real-life favorite salad that’s currently blowing up social media.

Read on to learn more about the legend behind Jennifer Aniston’s viral salad recipe, how to make it, and our tips on how to make the recipe even better.

What makes this recipe so famous?

Legend has it that Jennifer Aniston (and later Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow when they tried it) ate the same salad on set friends 10 years straight. On a 2010 Los Angeles Times article, Courtney Cox revealed that salad was one of her favorite rituals while filming on the sitcom.

“It was a Cobb salad that Jennifer added turkey bacon and garbanzo beans to, and I don’t know what,” she explained. “She’s just really good with food, which really helps. Because if you eat the same salad every day for 10 years, it better be a good salad, right?”

Years later, Jennifer herself developed the recipe during a takeover of the Living Proof company’s Instagram account. She described her perfect salad as “bulgur, cucumber, parsley, mint, red onion, chickpeas, feta cheese and pistachios.”

While it is questionable whether this is the case actually the same recipe as the one she enjoyed with her BFFs during her tenure friends or a variation, the internet seems to unanimously agree that this salad is healthy, balanced, full of fresh ingredients, and most importantly Not taste like feet.

How to make Jennifer Anistons friends salad


  • 3 cups bulgur wheat, cooked (about 1 cup uncooked)
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped (about 1 English cucumber)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced (about 1 small onion)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans/chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked turkey bacon, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

yield: serves 6 main dishes (or 10-12 side dishes)


Step 1: Cook the bulgur

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Cook the bulgur in a saucepan according to package directions. After cooking, pour into a bowl and let cool. (This is another Mediterranean bulgur salad we love.)

Step 2: Cook the turkey bacon

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Fry the turkey ham in a pan until crispy. Remove, let cool, then roughly chop.

Editor’s note: this is that one Ingredient discrepancy between the 2010 Courtney Cox interview and Jen’s Instagram takeover. We decided to add it to our recipe to marry the two recipes together and loved the savory, salty flavor it brought to the recipe. However, feel free to omit it if you want to keep the recipe vegetarian.

Step 3: Hack everything “Real Nice”.

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Chop, cut and dice (or julienne if you prefer) the remaining salad ingredients and arrange on a cutting board.

Step 4: Make the dressing

Jennifer Aniston Salad DressingLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper—just like you would with any homemade vinaigrette.

Step 5: Toss and Serve

Jennifer Aniston Salad Lauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Combine the ingredients in a serving bowl and toss with the dressing. Serve immediately.

Editor’s note: We enjoyed this salad at room temperature and chilled it after two days in the fridge. It’s a great meal prep recipe for lunch or in preparation for a busy weeknight dinner. Try these salad prep tips for the best results.

How to make this salad even better

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Full Disclosure: We are obsessed. After devouring the first portion, I immediately made a second portion to enjoy for lunch all week long. I can understand why the women of friends chewed on this salad recipe every day for a decade. It’s light, refreshing, tastes healthy and is also ultra-filling.

However, one has to wonder, could this salad be still delicious?! The answer is yes!

Here are our tips and suggestions for taking Jennifer Aniston’s original salad recipe to the next level.

  • Change the grains: If you don’t have bulgur in your pantry or want to make a gluten-free Jennifer Anistone Salad, feel free to substitute an equal amount of cooked quinoa or brown rice for the bulgur. Farro or barley would be other tasty (but not gluten-free) grains to try.
  • Add Lean Protein: Between chickpeas, turkey bacon, and bulgur, this salad is actually quite high in protein. However, if you want to add another healthy dose of protein, we might see how grilled chicken breasts, shrimp skewers, or sliced ​​marinated flank steak taste great with this healthy salad recipe.
  • Add odds: Don’t be afraid to deviate from the ingredients. Reach down to the depths of your pantry and toss in a handful of chopped cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers, Kalamata olives, julienned sun-dried tomatoes, or even dried cranberries. What we love most about this salad recipe from Jennifer Aniston is that it’s easy to adapt and build upon.
  • Roast chickpeas: For a bit more crunch, we recommend toasting the chickpeas. It’s an easy way to add even more texture and another layer of flavor to this sensational salad.

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