Healthy Chicken Quinoa Salad Recipe Inspired By Jennifer Aniston by 30Seconds Food

Healthy Chicken Quinoa Salad Recipe Inspired By Jennifer Aniston

"Well, friends, I wish I could honestly say that Jennifer shared this recipe with me personally but I certainly cannot," says Rachel Maser, mom of four and founder/creator of the clean eating blog, Clean Food Crush®. "You may have noticed this salad recipe infiltrating many foodie TikTok videos and reels throughout this past summer. I definitely noticed! Each time I saw this recipe come up in my feed I thought, 'WOW that looks amazingly delicious! Lots of colorful and nutritious ingredients ... gosh ... I want to eat that for lunch, too! Thanks, Jennifer!”

Serve this healthy, clean-eating salad recipe for lunch or as a side dish with dinner. Store the leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked, rinsed well
  • 3 cups water or broth
  • 1 can or jar (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 large English cucumber, diced
  • 1 large bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 large bunch of fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 - 3 leftover grilled chicken breasts, diced
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large lemon, juice and zest
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • crumbled feta cheese, optional

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Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to use any grain in this salad.
  • You could use a rotisserie chicken.
  • The salad stays good for three to four days in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Place the rinsed quinoa into a medium saucepan and add the water. Simmer for 15 minutes, then remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Allow it to cool while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, add the chickpeas, chopped cucumber, parsley, mint, onion, grilled chicken and pistachios. Add in the cooked quinoa, lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil, then season to taste. Stir well to combine. Serve with crumbled feta cheese, if desired. 

Recipe and photo courtesy of Clean Food Crush®.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 447

Total Fat: 15.8g

Saturated Fat: 1.6g

Cholesterol: 72mg

Sodium: 98mg

Total Carbohydrate: 42.9g

Dietary Fiber: 7.5g

Total Sugars: 4g

Protein: 34.7g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 78mg

Iron: 5mg

Potassium: 1016mg

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Donna John
OMG, this looks delicious.
Elisa Schmitz
Wow, healthy and delish. Thank you, Jennifer, and thank you, Rachel! #yum
Such a flavorful salad. 🥗
I really want to try this recipe. Thanks.
Vita Haus Supplements
In a large bowl, add the chickpeas, chopped cucumber, parsley, mint, onion, grilled chicken and pistachios. It's an incredibly delicious quick and easy. Here's how to make the viral Jennifer Aniston salad with quinoa instead of bulgur! I
Looks like something you tasty and delicious I'm wondering what parts of the chicken would you use would you use probably the chicken tender the thigh of the chicken looks delicious can you experiment with maybe a fish that could go with it I'm going to get some things together and I'll see what comes out looks great
Elisa Schmitz
Hi Rosseyes ! The recipe calls for "2 - 3 leftover grilled chicken breasts, diced." But feel free to experiment with whatever chicken pieces or protein you prefer. Enjoy!

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