The Viral “Popcorn Salad” Recipe That Has Horrified People

You’ve probably heard the saying that there’s “no accounting for taste,” which basically means when it comes to things like food and fashion, people like what they like and there’s really no point in trying to change it.

That said, when someone claims to be a professional chef, though, you should be able to have some professional trust that the recipes they share are – at the very least – not completely horrifying.

That’s not the case with this recipe from chef Molly Yeh, who is completely adorable and typically super duper charming.

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Yep, super cute.

But you know what’s NOT super cute? This mess.

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No one on Twitter, though, is being charmed by the combination of popcorn and mayonnaise.

Yeh is an American cookbook author, blogger, and host of the Food Network cooking show Girl Meets Farm. She incorporates her Jewish and Asian heritage into her cooking, with a sprinkle of Midwestern for good measure, and everything usually comes out looking delicious.

That said, this monstrosity of mayonnaise, popcorn, and various vegetables?


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“Popcorn salad is one of those classic Midwestern dishes that you would often find in a church basement potluck.”

I’m sorry… I live in the Midwest and I have NEVER heard of this. From anybody. Anywhere.

Now, while Molly admits that the ingredients sound weird, she swears that the final result is delicious. Her salad included peas, carrots, shallots, mayo, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, and Dijon mustard – and, of course, the popcorn.

She finished the dish off with some watercress and celery leaves.

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The friends she invited over expressed surprise – even the ones from the Midwest, where the dish is supposedly popular – but swore they were pleasantly shocked at the result.

The good people of the internet think everyone involved are lying liars, as is evidenced by their hilarious replies.

I mean…does that look like an honest face to you?

This is not what you bring to a gathering, my friends. Not unless you want to get hurt.

That’s probably where plates of this are going to end up. Rightfully so.

You do have to get behind that idea, I don’t care who you are.

The video has gone completely viral, with over 3M views, and not one person has said they’re thinking about trying it.

What about you? Is this going on your “must try” Pinterest board?

I’m from the Midwest. My parents are from the Midwest, and that story goes back for several generations, and no one – not one person – has ever thrust a popcorn salad into my hands at a potluck.

I don’t think I’ll be the one to start the tradition.

I’m just saying.