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Viral Jennifer Aniston salad with chickpeas, veggies, nuts feta and a lemon dressing with wood serving spoons in the bowl and lemon sliced behind it.

Viral Jennifer Aniston Salad


  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This Viral Jennifer Aniston Salad is made with quinoa instead of bulgar to keep it gluten-free. The quinoa is mixed with crunchy cucumber, pistachios, creamy feta cheese, chickpeas, and fresh herbs all tossed in a vibrant lemon, olive oil dressing. Enjoy it for a quick, healthy, light lunch, dinner or snack. 


Ingredients

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For the salad

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas – drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber – I used an English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped dill

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all of the salad ingredients to a large salad bowl.
  2. Combine the dressing ingredients in a mason jar fitted with a lid and shake well to emulsify. Alternatively, you can also whisk the ingredients in a medium bowl. 
  3. Pour the dressing evenly over the salad and toss everything together. 
  4. Serve immediately or chill and serve later. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can use cooked bulgar, farro, or brown rice in place of the quinoa. Note: bulgar and farro are not naturally gluten-free. 
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
  • You can cook the quinoa 3 days in advance and keep it stored in an airtight container in the fridge. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Quick and Healthy Salads
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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