Classic American-style potato salad is as much about the mayonnaise as it is about the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mix-ins: celery, pickles, bell peppers, carrots, hard-boiled eggs, tuna, you name it. This modern potato salad takes the opposite approach. Instead of rich mayo, there’s tangy Greek yogurt. Add in torn oil-cured olives (briney! buttery!), and plenty of fresh herbs (dill! mint!) and you have your new favorite BBQ side dish. It’s as great with hamburgers and hot dogs as it is with chicken, fish, vegetables, and on. —Emma Laperruque
red potatoes (5 to 6 ounces each)
kosher salt, plus more to taste
full-fat Greek yogurt
extra-virgin olive oil
chopped dill, plus its finely chopped stems
pitted, torn (or roughly chopped) oil-cured olives
Bring a large pot of water (figure about 6 quarts) to a boil. When it starts to simmer, season it with 6 tablespoons kosher salt (I estimate 1 tablespoon kosher salt per quart water).
While that’s heating up, cut the potatoes into eighths—or whatever fraction will give you roughly equally sized potato pieces. Add the potato pieces to the boiling water, then adjust the heat to a simmer. (Simmering, not boiling, the potatoes means they’re less likely to fall apart.) Cook until the potatoes are just knife-tender (they’ll continue to cook a bit out of the water), starting to check frequently after 10 minutes. When they’re done, drain the potatoes into a colander, rinse with cold water to cool, then let them drain until dry.
While the potatoes are cooking, combine the yogurt and olive oil in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add the herbs and olives on top (no need to stir yet).
When the potatoes are cool, add them to the bowl with the yogurt. Stir as gently as possible, taking care to not mash the potatoes. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
You can serve right away or stick it in the fridge for later.
Emma is the food editor at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles "on the fly," baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., reviewing restaurants, and writing articles about everything from how to use leftover mashed potatoes to the history of pies in North Carolina. Now she lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's cooking column, Big Little Recipes, all about big flavor and little ingredient lists. And see what she's up to on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.