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popcorn, tart cherry and pistachio snack mix

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 5, 2019  |  2 Comments

big bowl fo popcorn snack mix

If you’re looking for that perfect any day snack that doubles as a fun party snack … this popcorn, tart cherry & pistachio snack mix is it!

It’s good for you, too! Popcorn counts as a whole grain. Pistachios offer a wealth of plant-based benefits along with their satiating triple whammy of complete plant protein, dietary fiber, and heart-friendly fat. And Montmorency tart cherries provide health promoting anthocyanins. Plus, these dried tart cherries show off their versatility here while offering pops of delightful sweet-tart taste that I adore.

In addition to the pistachios and tart cherries, this popcorn snack mix stars lemon zest, fresh rosemary and, if you choose to use it, nutritional yeast — also known as “nooch!”

making popcorn snack mix

Have it as an anytime snack—or a fun party app. So enjoyable!

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popcorn, tart cherry and pistachio snack mix

If you’re looking for that perfect any day snack that doubles as a fun party snack … this popcorn, tart cherry & pistachio snack mix is it!

  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh lemon peel (zest)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt*
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup un-popped popcorn*
  • 1 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries (ideally no sugar added) or dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup shelled, salted, roasted pistachios
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes (optional)


  1. In a large (2-quart capacity) bowl, add 1 tablespoon of the oil, the rosemary, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the un-popped popcorn, cover with a tight lid, and let cook while shaking the pan occasionally until the popcorn has nearly stopped popping (about 3 to 4 seconds between pops). Remove from heat, keeping covered, and shake the pan a few times until the popping has completely stopped.
  3. Immediately pour the popcorn, dried tart cherries, pistachios and, if using, nutritional yeast into the lemon zest-rosemary mixture. Stir or toss to evenly combine and serve. If not serving immediately, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


*Hint: If using pre-popped packaged salted popcorn, use 5 cups popped popcorn and skip the salt from this recipe.

  • Author: Jackie Newgent
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 13g (includes 0g added sugars)
  • Sodium: 380mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: popcorn, snack mix, pistachios, tart cherries, party snack, healthy snack, plant-based snack, vegan snack, vegetarian snack, super bowl snack

For other fun snacks, try my sweet-n-salty sesame roasted chickpea snacks (see recipe HERE), four-layer hummus jars (see recipe HERE), and grilled fig salsa with whipped avocado & baked tortilla crisps (see recipe HERE).closeup of popcorn snack mi



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