Salt & Vinegar Popcorn

Not all popcorn is created equal. Everyone knows that the buckets of popcorn at movie theater are swimming in butter. Packaged microwave popcorn is filled with fat and artificial ingredients. Even when you make your own popcorn, most poppers require that you add a hefty dose of oil. Not only is oil calorie dense (1 tablespoon has 120 calories!), it also has had the nutrients stripped away – check out our No Oil post to learn more.

But that doesn’t mean your movie night can’t include a big bowl of popcorn. Popcorn on it’s own is actually a nutritious, whole grain, fiber-rich, low-calorie option.


Oil-Free Salt and Vinegar Popcorn


Since this popcorn is a regular evening snack, we keep a spray bottle filled with vinegar in the cabinet. While you can get a fancy spray bottle (*Note this is an affiliate link), we went the cheap route and use a travel hairspray bottle that you can get for a couple bucks in the cosmetics section. If it’s used, just make sure you clean it first!

While we’re partial to red wine vinegar, white wine and even balsamic vinegar are tasty alternatives.

Oil-Free Salt and Vinegar Popcorn

Salt & Vinegar Popcorn

A simple whole grain, oil-free salt & vinegar popcorn recipe with tons of flavor!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 160kcal


  • 1/3 c popcorn kernels
  • red wine vinegar in spray bottle
  • salt to taste


  • Add popcorn kernels to air-popper container, place lid on container and microwave on high for 2 1/2 - 3 minutes, or until popping slows. Popping time will vary by microwave. Monitor carefully to prevent burning. 
  • Pour popped popcorn into serving bowl, spritz with red wine vinegar and sprinkle with salt, shaking occasionally to evenly distribute flavoring. We find that 20 spritz of vinegar results in the perfect amount of flavor. 


We use this microwave popcorn popper --> The Original HOTPOP Microwave Popcorn Popper  You can air pop popcorn with it, it's cheap and works well!
A cheap and easy-to-find option for spritzing the vinegar is a travel size hairspray bottle.


Calories: 160kcal
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2 thoughts on “Salt & Vinegar Popcorn”

  • What exactly does 20 sprays of vinegar equate to in terms of measuring? I don’t have a spray for the vinegar.

    • It’s only about 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar. Spraying really helps prevent large drops of vinegar that can make for a sour bite. I found a small and cheap plastic spray bottle in the travel toiletries section at Walmart that works great.

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