Popcorn Salads and Snacks Use Fresh Ingredients from the Garden to Liven Up Your Recipes
Using popcorn is an easy way to get kids to eat healthier! Did you know May is “Gifts for the Garden Month”? Get kids to dig in when you use fresh perennial herbs like rosemary and thyme they planted themselves. These herbs should be already growing in the garden and are ready to be put to use. Snip herbs now to make these recipes:
Spicy Rosemary and Thyme Snack Mix
Rosemary and thyme mix with red pepper oil and cayenne pepper for a savory and spicy popcorn sensation!
Yield: 1 quart
1 quart popped popcorn
1 teaspoon roasted red pepper oil
1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon minced rosemary
1/4 teaspoon kosher or table salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spread popcorn on a baking sheet and sprinkle with roasted red pepper oil.
Sprinkle with thyme, rosemary salt and pepper.
Bake 7 minutes and serve warm.
Dilly Lemon Munch
Summertime and the living just got easier. Dill and lemon bring a brightness to this delicious snack.
Yield: 2 quarts
2 quarts popcorn popped
2 tablespoons shredded lemon peel
1 teaspoon dill weed
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon low-sodium salt
Toss popcorn with lemon peel and dill weed.
Flavor enhances as popcorn stands
Kale Lime Popcorn
Good for you, delicious, and easy to make. What’s not to love?
Yield: 10 cups
10 cups popped popcorn
1 tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
Zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup crushed kale chips
Place popcorn in a large bowl.
Wisk lime zest, lime juice and margarine together. Toss to coat popcorn.
Sprinkle kale over popcorn, missing to distribute evenly.
This salad doesn’t hold up long, so mix at the last minute and serve immediately.
Popcorn provides added fiber and flavor to this delicious salad.
Yield: 8 cups
8 cups popped popcorn
6 slices bacon
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 green onions, thinly sliced, including greens
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Place popcorn in extra large bowl.
Sauté bacon until crispy, then drain on paper towels. Chop or crumble bacon and reserve.
Mix together mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in small bowl. Set aside.
Combine celery, carrot, bell pepper and green onions in medium bowl.
Add mayonnaise mixture to vegetables. Mix thoroughly.
Immediately before serving, add mayonnaise mixture, bacon and cheese to popcorn in bowl. Toss very gently to just combine. Do not over mix.
Serve on lettuce leaves. If desired, garnish with extra shredded cheese and chopped bacon.
About The Popcorn Board
Everybody loves popcorn—the granddaddy of all snack foods. Discovered in the Americas thousands of years ago, popcorn has captivated people for centuries with its magical charm. Yet through the ages, popcorn has remained relatively unchanged. Popcorn is a seed, which just happens to do some nifty things when heated.
The Popcorn Board is made up of popcorn companies who are responsible for getting that little seed to you in whatever form you choose—kernels, ready-to-eat, or microwave. We’re not necessarily farmers, but most of us come from farming or agricultural backgrounds. Some of our parents and grandparents grew popcorn, packaged it, and sold it door-to-door or store-to-store. They loved popcorn, as do we. That’s why we’re in this business.