A Friendly Salad…

Whipped up a great salad recently.

I eat it 3-4 times a week.

I came across a recipe for a salad that Jennifer Aniston allegedly ate everyday on the Friends set.

It resonated. I took parts of it, eliminated a few ingredients and added my own personal spin.

It is easy and delicious.


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa 
  • 1 cup Persian or mini cucumbers chopped
  • ½ cup mint chopped
  • cup red onion chopped (let diced onion sit in cold water for at least 10 minutes and the onion bitterness vanishes!)
  • ½ cup roasted and salted pistachios 
  • 1 15 ounce can chilled chickpeas drained and rinsed 
  • 1 Meyer lemon juiced (about 3 Tablespoons)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

I bought Trader Joe’s quinoa and followed the simple directions.  Prep and cooking time is approximately 25 minutes and the prescribed serving size makes a huge portion of quinoa.

The recipe called for roasted salted pistachios.  I did not have any so I used whole roasted and slightly salted cashews and they worked well. Moving forward, I usually use the roasted salted pistachios.

The onion, mint and cucumber dicing takes about 10 minutes.

I used Meyer lemons which added a bright, sweet taste and I also threw in the zest from 1 Meyer lemon.

Toss the mixture in a bowl and you have a fabulous salad. You must serve the salad chilled because garbanzo beans are much tastier cold.

Do not add EVOO until serving.

I recommend adding grilled salmon or grilled chicken on the top to make for a delicious meal.


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