Jennifer Aniston Salad

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Jennifer Aniston's go-to lettuce-less salad boasts a nutritious blend of assorted vegetables, crunchy nuts, and hearty plant-based proteins to deliver a high-protein, low-carb meal that you can make in minutes.

Want to look like Jennifer Aniston? Just eat this meal everyday for lunch.

Okay, okay. Maybe Jennifer Aniston’s salad won’t guarantee you will get a body like hers. I’m sure that has more to do with the years of Pilates, yoga and Pvolve training she has done. But, this salad is the complete meal – loaded with plant-based proteins, a variety of nutritious vegetables and healthy fats. Every bite is packed with so much flavor!! Who know eating healthy could also TASTE SO GOOD!!

A colorful plate of salad on a small stack of white plates with a fork behind. The salad consists of beans, rice, feta cheese, purple onion and cucumber.

What is the Jennifer Aniston salad?

This isn’t your typical salad. It’s not filled with lettuce as a base like a chef salad. The Jennifer Aniston salad doesn’t even contain lettuce. It’s a Tik-Tok salad trend inspired by a meal that the actress ate regularly on the set of Friends. It consists of cooked quinoa or bulgur wheat, chickpeas, cucumbers, onion, pistachios, feta cheese, parsley and mint tossed in a lemon vinaigrette dressing (made from olive oil and lemon juice).

Ingredients grouped together for the Jennifer Aniston salad.

How to make the Jennifer Aniston salad low carb

This easy, high-protein salad showcases a delightful mix of textures and flavors.

  • Cauliflower rice – Instead of lettuce, Jennifer uses bulgur wheat or quinoa as base. Quinoa is high in protein but contains a lot of carbohydrates, so this Jennifer Aniston salad recipe replaces the quinoa with cauliflower rice as a low carb option. Not a fan of cauliflower??? To get rid of the cauliflower smell & flavor, a special cooking technique is used.
  • Lupini beans – Typically found in this filling salad are chickpeas. Chickpeas are a good plant-based protein often used in vegan and vegetarian meals; however, they are also loaded with carbs. Instead, lupini beans are used in place. The lupin bean has a similar flavor and texture to chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), but the carbohydrates are mostly from fiber making it an excellent low carb option.

Not all of the ingredients in Jen’s salad are off limits, there are quite of few that are still included in this recipe.

  • Pistachios – Contributes a nutty flavor and a satisfying crunch.
  • Feta cheese – Brings a tangy and creamy contrast.
  • Cucumber slices
  • Red onion
  • Fresh herbs – Aromatic mint and parsley give a refreshing twist to the salad.

This dish is not just a reflection to Aniston’s wholesome eating habits, but also a look at what a well-balanced and flavorful meal should be.

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Jennifer Aniston Salad Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted & salted pistachios
  • 1/2 cup lupini beans
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Jennifer Aniston Salad Directions

  • Jennifer Aniston Salad
  • A skillet with cooked cauliflower rice is next to a bowl of pistachios, half a lemon and half a purple onion.

    Cook the stink out of the cauliflower

    I know there are some who will turn your nose up at the mention of cauliflower. You may be wondering how people could call it a substitute for rice when it smells and tastes like cauliflower. I used to feel that way too…until I learned how to prepare it correctly so that it doesn’t taste or smell like the cruciferous vegetable but more like actual rice. 

    The trick is to use frozen cauliflower rice but don’t steam it or boil it! Instead, add the frozen cauli rice straight to a dry skillet and let it cook over medium-high heat until the majority of the moisture has evaporated. This gets rid of that nasty smell & flavor.

    Then add in a splash of olive oil, season with salt & pepper and add any additional herbs or spices. The result is fluffy, delicious low carb rice reminiscent of traditional rice.

    Substitutions & Add-in ingredients

    • Cauliflower rice – Even though I’ve taught you how to prepare fluffy, good-tasting cauliflower rice, you still can’t do it??? No worries. Just substitute with hearts of palm rice or riced zucchini.
    • Pistachios – The pistachios can be swapped with another nut like almonds, walnuts or pecans. For a nut-free option, sprinkle in roasted sunflower seeds instead. This will still give that crunchy texture and savory flavor similar to pistachio.
    • Cheese – Instead of feta cheese, try goat cheese. If dairy-free, try using your favorite vegan cheese. Besides vegan feta, there are some delicious varieties made from cashews.
    • Avocado – For more healthy fat, add in diced avocado.
    • Other herbs – If you aren’t a fan of mint, swap it out for fresh thyme or play with the flavors from other fresh herbs.
    • Lupin beans – The traditional Jennifer Aniston salad recipe uses chickpea. Lupini beans are low carb and have a similar texture and flavor to chickpeas. Black soy beans might work as a substitute.
    • Add more protein – Toss in some shredded chicken, cooked shrimp or hard boiled eggs to add extra protein.
    A small white plate holding a portion of a lower carb version of the Jennifer Aniston salad made famous from TikTok. The plate is filled with cauliflower rice, lupini beans, cucumber, feta and red onion. A jar of black peppercorns sits behind.

    Storage information & meal prep

    What’s even more to love about this salad recipe is that you can make it up ahead of time. This allows the oil, lemon, seasoning and ingredients to marinate, intensifying the bold flavors.

    Store the completed dish in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Freezing is not recommended.

    Jennifer Aniston Salad: FAQS

    How many calories are in the Jennifer Aniston salad?

    This salad is meant to be eaten as a whole meal. One serving of the low carb version of this salad has nearly 500 calories, 23 grams of protein, 35 grams of healthy fats and 13 net carbs. To get the carbs even lower, see the earlier suggestions.

    Are there any suitable replacements for lupini beans if I can't find them?

    If you can't find lupin beans, you can omit them. Add in more cauliflower rice and cucumber in it's place.

    How many carbs are in quinoa?

    One-half cup of cooked quinoa has about 20 grams of carbohydrates and 2.6 grams of fiber.

    How many carbs are in chickpeas?

    One-half cup of canned chickpeas has about 16 grams of carbs and 5.3 grams of fiber.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Jennifer Aniston Salad

    Servings: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 496
    Fat 35.5g
    Protein 23.3g
    Total Carbs 28.4g
    Net Carbs 13.7g

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