A Popcorn Salad Recipe Went Viral With 3M Views On Twitter, Yet For All The Wrong Reasons (2024)

A Popcorn Salad Recipe Went Viral With 3M Views On Twitter, Yet For All The Wrong Reasons (1)

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There is a Latin maxim “De gustibus non est disputandum“ literally meaning that you don‘t argue about taste, but more broadly implicating that everyone‘s preferences are subjective and they can‘t be right or wrong.

Well, people on the internet would challenge that notion as they are showing no mercy for a popcorn salad that went viral. Chef Molly Yeh shared a recipe which includes popcorn and mayonnaise and the internet is horrified. People are expressing their disgust and even calling the salad a crime against humanity.

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A video of TV chef Molly Yeh making popcorn salad with mayonnaise went viral and people are disgusted by the dish

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Molly Yeh is an American cookbook author, blogger, and host of the Food Network cooking show Girl Meets Farm. Most of her recipes are inspired by her Jewish and Asian roots and her Midwestern surroundings as she moved from Brooklyn to a farm on the North Dakota-Minnesota border.

Usually her recipes are quite liked and look mouth-watering. If you go on any of her social media platforms, you can find delicious-looking snacks, main courses, and desserts. But people on the internet are agreeing that the popcorn salad should not have been made.

The ingredients include mayonnaise, popcorn, and vegetables

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Image credits: Food Network

While she is making the salad, Molly explains that “Popcorn salad is one of those classic Midwestern dishes that you would often find in a church basem*nt potluck.” According to her, the typical ingredients are vegetables, popcorn, and mayonnaise; some people put fish in it. She admits that hearing what goes into the salad, it sounds weird, but is confident saying that the final dish tastes really good.

Molly’s recipe includes vegetables like peas, carrots, and shallots whipped up with mayonnaise, sour cream, cider vinegar, sugar, and Dijon mustard. It all gets mixed with a pile of popcorn and the plate is finished off by putting watercress and some celery leaves on top.

The chef said that it was a typical Midwestern dish

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Image credits: Food Network

Molly Yeh describes the salad as ‘crunchy’ but people have a hard time believing it, imagining that it should be soggy

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The chef does a taste test and is nodding to us expressing her approval. To describe the texture of the salad, she uses the word ‘crunchy’; however, people on the internet don’t believe that and imagine the popcorn being soggy, which is what makes the salad not edible for them. However, Molly says in the video “The texture of the popcorn in the salad is so weirdly good, I just can’t get enough of it.”


Molly had some friends over so they also got to taste the salad. One of the friends said that she’d never heard of a salad with popcorn, but for her, “it’s surprisingly delicious,” while other people on the internet, even those from Midwest, where the salad supposed to be a classic dish, were surprised to hear about such an unusual food combination.

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The salad was made by a Buzzfeed writer and she really didn’t like the outcome


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Everyone became a food critic, but we all know the saying don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. That is exactly what a writer for Buzzfeed did, so that we would all know what the salad tastes like and if it’s not a waste of perfectly good popcorn.

So, she made the salad and it didn’t look appetizing. For the sake of the experiment, she also tried it, but it tasted like it looked. The popcorn was soggy and the vegetables were crunchy, and it wasn’t a good mix. We shouldn’t say that it was a disappointment, because it was what we were expecting.


This was the first time a lot of people had heard about a popcorn salad, but you can actually find a lot of recipes on Google

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Weirdly enough, if you google ‘popcorn salad,’ several recipes come up, some of which were posted several years ago. They too include the controversial ingredient in this dish, mayonnaise, and various vegetables. A lot of them suggest you include bacon and a warning that it must be served immediately and it does not make a great leftover meal.

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Under the Twitter video commentators were saying that they would never eat this salad and were sorry for Molly’s friends who had to try it. Others were calling it a crime, joking that they should call the police or simply putting puking emojis and gifs.

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A Popcorn Salad Recipe Went Viral With 3M Views On Twitter, Yet For All The Wrong Reasons (2024)


Where did popcorn salad originate? ›

Yeh's dish indeed has roots in the mayo salad culture of the Midwest. A community cookbook that was compiled by members of the Mercer County Historical Society in Beulah, North Dakota and published in 1994, listed popcorn salad among dishes like potato salad, pistachio salad, and macaroni fruit salad.

Did Native Americans invent popcorn? ›

Yes, Native Americans popped corn at least 5,000 years before the founding of Jamestown. Corn was first domesticated about 10,000 years ago in what is now Mexico . Archaeologists discovered that people have known about popcorn for thousands of years.

Did Mexicans create popcorn? ›

The story of popcorn begins approximately 10,000 years ago in Mesoamerica (modern-day Mexico), where corn was first cultivated domestically. Popcorn refers specifically to the variety of corn that is heated and then popped.

Where did the dish salad originate from? ›

Ancient Roots:

The ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans were known to consume mixed greens with a combination of salt, oil and vinegar. These early salads were often made with ingredients like lettuce, celery, radishes, and onions, which were considered beneficial for digestion and overall health.

What is the history of corn salad? ›

History. Cornsalad was originally foraged by European peasants. Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie, royal gardener of King Louis XIV, introduced it to kitchen gardening. It has been eaten in Britain for centuries and appears in John Gerard's Herbal of 1597.

What culture is popcorn from? ›

Popcorn has been found in burial sites across South America. 1,000 year old Popcorn found in Peru has been preserved so well that it still pops. Popcorn was integral to South American culture, especially the Aztecs. They used popcorn in worship ceremonials, wearing it as headdresses, necklaces, and ornaments.

Where is the birthplace of popcorn? ›

The oldest known corn pollen is scarcely distinguishable from modern corn pollen, judging by an 80,000-year-old fossil found 200 feet below Mexico City. The oldest ears of popcorn ever found were discovered in the Bat Cave of west central New Mexico in 1948 and 1950.

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