Popcorn Salad

Popcorn salad is a unique and flavorful (and weird!) salad that uses mayo, bacon, cheese, carrots, chives and popcorn. Crazy sounding, but really good!Last week I had the luxury of sitting in a dentist chair without children. Funny the things that become luxury.

I had a few new-borrowed-from-the-library cookbooks to browse through during my wait that really made the whole experience feel like a mini vacation. (What am I becoming?!)

Anyways. The dental assistant started chatting to me about the cookbooks, and the age old “what’s for dinner” dilemma mom’s face, and crockpots … and then she offered up;

“You know what my favorite cookbooks are? It’s the little community ones. The little church group, or some other social group, that decided to put together their recipes and make a cookbook. You get the best recipes from those cookbooks.”

The funny thing is, I had never considered browsing through those. I own all of one little community cookbooks, one my grandma gave me 10.5 years ago when I got engaged. It doesn’t have pictures, so like all visual people, I decided the recipes must not taste good if the book didn’t look good. (kidding!)

I left my dental appointment eager to look through my grandma’s community cookbook, Savour Perth’s Flavours Perth County 2005. (Those extra u’s are because it’s a Canadian cookbook!)

I found this little gem that gave me a little laughelephant-stewAnd then there were some “ew, no!” recipes. And then some marked ones for the future.

And then – Popcorn Salad.

Popcorn salad is a unique and flavorful (and weird!) salad that uses mayo, bacon, cheese, carrots, chives and popcorn. Crazy sounding, but really good!

Do you ever come across recipes that are so bizarre sounding you can’t quite believe they are for real? That was this Popcorn Salad for me. Mayo, bacon, cheese, carrots, chives and popcorn – that is just weird. So I had to try it for supper.

Guys! It is so good. I made it as a side with burgers and it was devoured by my crew.

I did opt to buy a bag of popped popcorn as opposed to popping my own kernels just to save a step – but of course, you can do that however you want. The recipe says it serves 8. We definitely over indulged with just 4 of us consuming it. I think it could stretch even further than 8 people depending on the rest of the meal.

The original recipe did call for 1 can of drained water chestnuts, but I opted out of that.

Popcorn Salad

Popcorn Salad

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup bacon, cooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chives (green onions)
  • 6 cups popped popcorn

Instructions

  1. Mix first five ingredients together, reserving 1/4 cup of cheese for garnish.
  2. Cover and set in fridge until ready to serve.
  3. Right before serving, toss dressing mixture and popcorn together in a large bowl, gently mixing until thoroughly covered.
  4. Top with reserved cheese.
http://www.jessicalynette.com/food/popcorn-salad/

Enjoy!

P.S. Two new mayo options I have discovered recently are Sir Kensington’s Mayo, which is free from soy and then Hampton Creek Just Mayo, which is soy and egg free.

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Jessica Lynette