Want To Try That Viral Popcorn Salad? Here's the Recipe.
Twitter is going crazy over a popcorn salad recipe that aired on Food Network back in April 2020. It's unclear how the video resurfaced, but boredom is the likely answer. The recipe on spotlight was a creation of food blogger and best-selling author Molly Yeh. Yeh is the host of Food Network's "Girl Meets Farm" and she lives on a sugar beet farm in North Dakota.
Yeh says that this unusual salad is "so Midwestern, so quirky and so delicious." Want to see (and taste) what the fuss is about? Follow the recipe and try it for yourself.
Popcorn Salad Recipe
The recipe is actually called "Crunchy Snap Pea Popcorn Salad" and is easy to make. This recipe will give you at least six servings.
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
Vegetable oil, for popping
White Cheddar popcorn seasoning
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 shallot, sliced thinly
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups sugar snap peas (removed the strings and cut crosswise into thirds)
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup tender inner celery leaves
1 bunch watercress, trimmed and torn into bite-size pieces
Pop the popcorn in a popcorn popper according to instructions. If you don't have a popcorn popper at home, you can use a medium or large saucepan.
While the popcorn is still hot, sprinkle it with the white Cheddar popcorn seasoning according to your taste. Let it cool completely. You should have about 12 cups of popcorn after popping the kernels.
In a large serving bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and sugar. Stir in the sliced shallots. Season with salt and pepper. Keep in mind that the popcorn will already be salty thank to the white cheddar seasoning.
Add the snap peas, shredded carrots and chopped celery and toss to coat.
Add the popcorn and toss to coat the kernels in the dressing. Pile the watercress on top and sprinkle with the celery leaves. Serve immediately.
Popcorn Salad Feedback
On that Girl Meets Farm episode, Yeh mentions that this popcorn salad recipe is a "riff on an iconic Midwestern dish," The Washington Post food writer Aaron Hutcherson says he's lived in that region for 21 years and has never heard of it. Today.com editor and writer Terri Peters also asked friends from the Midwest about this supposed "iconic" dish and just like Hutcherson, they've never heard of it.
However, Hutcherson and Peters did try and make it and admitted that it's not as bad as some Twitter users claim to be. When the recipe resurfaced, Twitter was ablaze with comments ranging from disgust to excitement. There were also some who didn't see anything out of the ordinary. Your usual salad croutons are also salty and crunchy. Popcorn is no different, they say. If you want a protein to go with it, Yeh says she knows "some people who put fish in theirs." Give it a try at home!