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Popcorn? In a salad?

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Over the Labour Day weekend, I got to meet my in-laws-to-be for the first time. We all met at my fianceé’s mother’s house for a salad potluck. Given my love of salads — my favorite restaurant is Sweet Tomatoes/Soup Plantation — I was delighted by the array of salad choices and made sure to have a little bit of each one.

Some were better suited to my palate than others, but for me the stand out salad of the day was — get this — Popcorn Salad.

I would never have thought of putting popcorn in a salad, and, frankly, I didn’t even recognize that as an ingredient until I tasted it. I asked my mother-in-law-to-be for the recipe.

If I had seen this recipe before I tasted it, I would have left out a couple of ingredients. I’m not a big fan of celery and I might have tried to find a substitute for the mayo. But it was so good, I knew I had to share this with you as it was presented to me.

I think it could be your next hit — with kids and adults alike — when it comes time to bring something to the buffet again.

Check it out here.

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So now put on your creative thinking caps: How could you use this basic recipe to come up with something uniquely your own? Here are some ideas that came to the top of my mind:

  • Use cheddar popcorn instead of plain
  • Toss in some ranch dressing mix
  • Add Craisins for color and a touch of sweetness
  • Increase the chives or add in chopped green onions
  • Add in 1/4 cup shredded purple cabbage for flavor and color

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I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I did. If you do — and if you experiment with it and come up with something new — please tell us about it in a comment below. And be sure to share it in social media using the hashtag #carmascookery.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

1 comment on “Popcorn? In a salad?”

  1. Pat Schwope

    Thanks for the popcorn salad mention, and for your interesting suggestions. I am not a person who deviates from the instructions, so using other ingredients never would have occurred to me.

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