How to Make That Viral Popcorn Salad


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.

Popcorn salad

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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

Ingredients for popcorn salad

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.

Mix dressing ingredients


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.

Toss vegetables, cheese and bacon

Step 3

Add the dressing and mix well.

Mix dressing

Step 4

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

Fold in the popcorn


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.

Finished popcorn salad

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