How to Make That Viral Popcorn Salad

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In April 2021, Food Network star Molly Yeh shared a recipe for popcorn salad. The dish quickly went viral, mainly because people thought the concept was ​really​ strange. Well, as it turns out, popcorn salad has been around for quite some time. If you're looking for an unconventional way to enjoy popcorn, try a version of the recipe.

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Things You'll Need

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup celery, diced

  • 1 cup carrots, shredded

  • 2 tablespoons scallions, chopped

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  • 8 strips cooked bacon, chopped

  • 6 cups popped popcorn, unflavored (about 1/4 cup popcorn kernels)

  • Lettuce or spinach

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Step 1

In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, mustard and sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and then set aside.

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Tip

For a more tangy dressing, add more apple cider vinegar or mustard. To make it sweeter, add more sugar.

Step 2

In a large bowl, add the celery, carrots, scallions, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 cup bacon. Toss to combine.

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Step 3

Add the dressing and mix well.

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Step 4

When you're ready to serve the salad, fold in the popcorn.

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Tip

The longer the salad sits, the more soggy the popcorn will become. It's best to add the popcorn just before you eat it.

Step 5

Add lettuce or spinach to bowls. Spoon the popcorn salad on top and then garnish with shredded cheese and bacon. Enjoy immediately.

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