3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 cup celery diced, plus more for garnish (optional)
1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
8 oz water chestnuts sliced or chopped
3/4 cup pre-cooked bacon bits divided
1/4 cup carrots shredded
2 tbsp chives minced
6 cup popped popcorn

In a large bowl, add mayonnaize, celery, 1 cup cheddar cheese, water chestnuts, 1/2 cup bacon, carrots, and chives. Use a spatula to mix well.
In a 13-quart mixing bowl (or whatever large bowl you have) add popped popcorn. Add mayonnaise mixture on top and use the spatula to gently stir together until popcorn is coated.
Spoon salad into a serving bowl of your choice, then sprinkles the remaining 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup bacon, and any additional celery on top.
Serve popcorn salad immediately. Because of the popcorn, this salad does not make good leftovers, so be sure to eat up while you can!
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