If you’re looking to liven up your side dishes, this popcorn salad is bound to spark some interest! Because yes, it does have freshly popped popcorn and yes, it’s actually delicious. This family classic is sure to surprise and guaranteed to be requested again!



  •  3/4 cup mayonnaise
  •  1 cup celery diced, plus more for garnish (optional)
  •  1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
  •  8 oz water chestnuts sliced or chopped
  •  3/4 cup pre-cooked bacon bits divided
  •  1/4 cup carrots shredded
  •  2 tbsp chives minced
  •  6 cup popped popcorn


  1. In a large bowl, add mayonnaize, celery, 1 cup cheddar cheese, water chestnuts, 1/2 cup bacon, carrots, and chives. Use a spatula to mix well.
  2. In a 13 quart mixing bowl (or whatever large bowl you have) add popped popcorn. Add mayonnaise mixture on top and use the spatula to gently stir together until popcorn is coated.
  3. Spoon salad into a serving bowl of your choice, then sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup bacon, and any additional celery on top.
  4. Serve popcorn salad immediately. Because of the popcorn, this salad does not make good leftovers, so be sure to eat up while you can!

Source: https://homemadehooplah.com

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