- Jennifer Aniston used to eat the same salad every day for 10 years on the set of “Friends.”
- Videos on TikTok have been going viral with what they claim was Aniston’s salad recipe.
- Aniston has now debunked the videos and said her recipe was “totally different.”
Look up “Jennifer Aniston Salad” on TikTok and you’ll find dozens upon dozens of videos — some with more than 10 million views — claiming to feature the actress’ favorite salad recipe.
Now, Aniston is debunking the recipe, which she said is “totally different” from the legendary salad she ate every day for 10 years on the set of “Friends.”
“I feel like I’m disappointing everybody, but that’s not my salad,” Aniston told Shape. “It looks delicious, but it’s not the salad I had on ‘Friends.'”
The legend of Aniston’s salad first spread in 2010, when her costar Courteney Cox mentioned it during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“Jennifer and Lisa [Kudrow] and I ate lunch together every single day for 10 years. And we always had the same thing — a Cobb salad,” Cox said. “But it wasn’t really a Cobb salad. It was a Cobb salad that Jennifer doctored up with turkey bacon and garbanzo beans and I don’t know what.”
“She just has a way with food, which really helps,” Cox added. “Because if you’re going to eat the same salad every day for 10 years, it’d better be a good salad right?”
More than a decade after Cox’s interview, Aniston’s salad began going viral on TikTok as food bloggers tried to re-create the recipe or offer their own interpretations. According to People, a video from @themodernnonna in January helped kick off the trend. Five months later and it’s still going strong, with new videos popping up every week.
The ingredients remain consistent in most of the videos and feature a salad with bulgur, cucumbers, parsley, mint, red onion, feta cheese, chopped pistachios, and a full can of chickpeas.
Aniston also debunked the recipe during a recent interview with Elle and said she’d never add so many chickpeas to a salad because it’s “not good for the digestive tract.”
The “Friends” star gave Shape her real salad recipe, revealing that it included shredded lettuce, chicken, egg whites, “a couple of garbanzo beans,” bacon, and a basic vinaigrette. Some days, she would also get Pecorino cheese from a nearby Italian restaurant to add on top.
But when Aniston talks, TikTok listens. The Modern Nonna has already released a new video with Aniston’s ingredients.