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I Made The Popcorn Salad Everyone's Talking About, And Good Lord In Heaven

I deeply regret this decision.

By now, you've probably heard about the infamous popcorn salad that's gone massively viral.

Bowl of popcorn salad
Food Network

If not, here's a quick refresh: There's a Food Network video where a woman named Molly Yeh makes what she calls "an iconic Midwestern dish." It's a salad made with veggies, mayo, and — you guessed it — popcorn.

Molly smiling next to her bowl of popcorn salad
Food Network

Molly is super fun to watch and usually has a bunch of great recipes! But this one isn't it, girl.

As you can imagine, Twitter took one look at that and said, "Not today, Satan":

if u bring me out some soggy mayo popcorn i will be going to jail that day.

Twitter: @sarahlugor

@AudVisuals U roll thru w that in ur hand i’m calling the authorities

Twitter: @amlstw

I believe in the fundamental right of every human being to pursue their happiness, but I am drawing the line at popcorn salad.

Twitter: @CDaigleOrians

Now, when I first saw this video, I thought there's no way this tastes good. But I decided to give it a shot. Maybe it'll be the surprise of a lifetime. Who knows? Not me!

Morgan shrugging and holding up her hands
Morgan Sloss / BuzzFeed

So I looked up the recipe, made a trip to the grocery store, and bought the ingredients for this questionable combo.

Ingredients lying on the counter
Morgan Sloss / BuzzFeed

The recipe calls for popcorn, white cheddar popcorn seasoning, carrots, snap peas, celery, watercress, a shallot, mayo, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. The store I went to didn't have shallots, but a quick Google search told me a yellow onion was an okay substitute.

First, I made the popcorn. Wow, Molly was right! The white cheddar seasoning was freaking addictive.

Bowl of popcorn
Morgan Sloss / BuzzFeed

Then, I shredded/chopped up my veggies and added them to the dressing I made.

Bowl of dressing and veggies on top
Morgan Sloss / BuzzFeed

The dressing consisted of mayo, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.

Once that was mixed together, I folded in the popcorn and piled the watercress on top. The look was very...interesting.

Bowl with the popcorn mixed into the dressing and veggies
Morgan Sloss / BuzzFeed

And by interesting, I mean soggy as hell.

I was VERY reluctant to put this in my mouth. But I persevered and tried the stuff anyway!

Morgan taking a bite
Morgan Sloss / BuzzFeed

And my god, it was awful!!

Morgan making a disgusted face
Morgan Sloss / BuzzFeed

Even worse than it looks!

I mean, truly TERRIBLE. I cannot remember the last time I ate something as gross as this mayo popcorn!!!

Morgan looking completely grossed out and sad
Morgan Sloss / BuzzFeed

The mayo made the popcorn SOO soggy. Overall, it was fairly sweet, but not in a good way. And I hated the random crunch of veggies mixed into all that sweet mush.

So now, I can wholeheartedly agree with everyone online: popcorn salad is TRASH. And that's exactly where I put it.


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