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Molly Yeh’s Popcorn Salad: Appetizing Or Abomination?

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Satan does not rest. You can dress it up in pigtails and gingham and slap a smile on its face, but I know what The Devil’s work looks like when I see it. And right now it looks like popcorn salad. And just as I recognize when The Devil’s work is at play, I also know when I’m being lied to. And Molly Yeh, the host of Food Network’s Girl Meets Farm, cute as she is, is NOT to be trusted.

People reports that a video posted on Food Network’s Facebook page (red flag of Satan) back in February of Molly making her “Crunchy Snap Pea Popcorn Salad” (red flag #2) has recently gone viral after it was shared on Twitter. Apparently, Twitter has a lower tolerance for the machinations of Beelzebub than the FB crowd. The mayonnaise-based salad (red flag #3 and this one’s on fire) is supposedly a “classic Midwestern dish” (#4, just a sulfuric blob of molten lava). Naturally, Twitter had opinions (no flag, only pain).

In the nearly 5-minute clip, Yeh, 31, cheerfully takes viewers through the recipe that she calls “so Midwestern, so quirky and so delicious.”

The recipe includes mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, white-cheddar popcorn seasoning (a.k.a. “magic cheesy dust”), carrots, sugar snap peas, vinegar, shallots, celery, watercress, sugar, salt — and, of course, popcorn.

“Popcorn salad is one of those classic Midwestern dishes that you would often find in a church-basement potluck,” says Yeh, who hails from Chicago. “You don’t think it’s gonna work, but then you taste it and it’s really good.”

Behold — The Archfiend and his chirpy familiar.

Yes, you heard her right, “fluffy sourness,” and some people put fish in there. Here’s an idea for MSCHF, how about a popcorn salad Nike Air Max 97 with a drop of mayonnaise in the sole. Only slightly more controversial than Lil Nas X’s Satan Shoe, but WAY more evil. People reports that, and I can’t believe we are still calling it this, the “salad” has sparked widespread debate between actual Midwesterners and The Infernal Names who enjoy this type of thing.

Comments were divided on the clip, with one user writing, “Born and raised in Wisconsin and never heard of popcorn salad. Doesn’t sound good to me.”

“Never going to put popcorn in anything moist aside from butter,” another Midwestern individual wrote. “Gonna pass this one on to the south.”

Others seemed more open-minded, with one person from Michigan saying, “[I] have never heard of popcorn salad. Willing to try though.”

“Popcorn salad is so yummy,” another Facebook user commented. “I make mine a little different. I know it sounds weird but it’s so yummy. Ya have to try it just once.”

The word “once” is doing a lot of heavy lifting in that sentence working as both a helpful suggestion and a mortal threat. Ditto the deployment of The Devil’s nickname — Yummy.

Pic: Food Network via Twitter

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