The Only Potato Salad Recipe You'll Ever Need
Plus, more perfect potluck fare to get you through every barbecue, picnic and other gathering that comes your way.
The Meat-and-Potatoes Salad You'll Make Once and Love Forever
This easy, summery dish, from the new cookbook Made in America: A Modern Collection of Classic Recipes
, strikes the ideal balance of unexpected and familiar. It includes Yukon Gold potatoes (they have thin, smooth skin that doesn't need to be peeled), fresh corn, diced ham and a garlicky lemon-chive dressing. The dish has so much flavor and heft that it's practically a meal in and of itself. Make a double batch, serve it at your next barbecue (its flavors complement everything from hot dogs to chicken kebabs), and enjoy the leftovers for days.
Get the recipe: Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Summer Corn, Country Ham and Garlicky Lemon Dressing
A Refreshing Dish with a Surprisingly Salty-Sweet Combo
If you haven't yet tasted how amazing sweet watermelon and tangy feta cheese are together, you're in for a treat. This no-brainer side doesn't require much more than shaking up a basic vinaigrette in a jar; then, drizzling it over cubes of melon, tomato and feta. On top of it all, this salad's colors are gorgeous and will complement practically any buffet table.
Get the recipe: Watermelon-Heirloom Tomato Salad
A Beloved Green-Bean Dish with a Seasonal Makeover
This bright and fresh-tasting side takes the best elements of a classic green-bean casserole and gives them a warm-weather update. You quickly cook the beans in a small amount of water then finish them in olive oil, so they are crisp-tender with a light char. Fried shallots stand in for canned, fried onions and crumbled pecorino cheese takes the place of a heavy mushroom sauce.
Get the recipe: String Beans with Fried Shallots, Pecorino and Basil
The Coleslaw Stand-In
Cool, juicy, marinated cucumber is a welcome antidote for spicy food, whether ribs
. Don't skimp on the chilling time, because letting the salad sit in the fridge overnight will ensure that the sweet-tart flavors fully develop.
Get the recipe: Sesame-Cucumber Salad
A Lighter Take on a Classic Potluck Dish
Broccoli salad loaded with bacon and cheddar is delicious, but can leave you feeling like you just swallowed a watermelon. This revamped version, which just so happens to be vegetarian, has you combine the florets (they're crisp-tender, since you just steam them for two minutes) with sweet, red grapes and creamy, honey-mustard-yogurt dressing.
Get the recipe: Broccoli Antioxidant Salad