This is the salad, that according to legend Courtney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) and Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) ate on the set of Friends EVERY DAY for 10 years straight! As the story goes, Aniston invented it and they all enjoyed it. I tried this Mediterranean– inspired salad the other day; it was delicious and seems very healthy.
I liked it so much, I’ve made it two times since, but I did add my own spin to it. I created a base of Romaine lettuce (since it doesn’t seem like salad to me without lettuce) and also added some sweet cherry tomatoes and a couple Kalamata black olives. You could also add pepperoncini or sliced red bell pepper, if desired. It is a visually pretty salad with fresh flavors from the herbs, lemon juice and mixture of ingredients. It would make a perfect salad to take for a bagged lunch or on a flight.
I got the shelled pistachio nuts from Whole Foods. While Whole Foods is known for its high prices (one tour guide I had said it’s called Whole Foods because you’ll use your whole paycheck), I find the bulk area actually gives you a good bang for your buck. I got this recipe from Katie Couric’s daily newsletter, The Wake Up Call, but it supposedly originated from the New York Post. Enjoy!
The Jennifer Aniston SaladCourse: SaladCuisine: MediterraneanDifficulty: Easy
This salad will be “there for you” if you want it.
3 1/2 cups cooked bulgur wheat
2-3 chopped small cucumbers or about 1/2 cup
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped mint
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup crumbled feta
salt and pepper
- Toss all the ingredients together until they’re mixed to your liking and dig in.
- Prep time doesn’t include cooking the bulgur wheat.
- Squeeze lemon at room temp for the most juice.
Up Next: #bestdayever (on ‘Bout Time) and Father’s Day dinner.