Lots of things can be considered salads, if you think about it. A bowl of candy? Salad. Nachos? Salad! It's all about the structure, you know? That said, a lot of people across the internet were taken aback by Food Network "Girl Meets Farm" host Molly Yeh's Crunchy Snap Pea Popcorn Salad.
Ingredients include typical salad elements (sugar snap peas, shallots, carrots, watercress) but also some...not-so-typical additions: popcorn, white cheddar seasoning and mayonnaise, to name a few.
The recipe calls for white cheddar-seasoned popcorn to be tossed with a mayo-sour cream-Dijon dressing and mixed in with the usual salad suspects, which immediately makes you think: soggy.
But those who have made the recipe have found that it's perfect just the way it is; the popcorn doesn't get waterlogged like you'd expect, and the flavors actually complement each other nicely.
Besides, who wrote the rule on what qualifies as a salad?
To that end, here are 10 recipes for when you want a totally new kind of salad.