All-American potato salad -- loaded with mayonnaise, sour cream and diced, hard-cooked egg -- used be my standard. I took it to potlucks, served it on the Fourth of July and would make a batch just to have it on hand.
After my husband dropped a few hints about liking German-style potato salads, I got the message and started experimenting. What I learned is that you don't need many ingredients: just good potatoes, fresh herbs, a little seasoning, a flavorful vinegar and olive oil.
This rendition includes sauteed onions, a trick I learned from an Austrian chef at cooking school that complements the natural sugars in the potatoes.
New-crop potatoes are starting to show up in markets. They are not technically "new" potatoes, but they're fresh and perfect for this salad. If you can't find any, choose a thin-skinned red potato.
The salad tastes best warm, but it can be refrigerated for a day or two. Bring it to room temperature before serving.
WARM PARSLIED NEW POTATO SALAD
Makes about 6 1/2 cups
(6 to 8 servings)
2 pounds new, new-crop or thin-skinned potatoes
5 tablespoons mild olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice (1 cup)
1/4 cup loosely packed chopped parsley
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
Freshly ground black pepper
Place the potatoes in a large pot; add enough cool water to cover by several inches.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers. Add the diced onion and a light sprinkle of salt; stir to coat. Reduce the heat to medium, further adjusting as needed to keep the onion from browning. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the onion is tender.
Whisk together the parsley, vinegar and mustard in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Slowly whisk in the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed.
When the onions are done, stir them into the parsley dressing.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the potatoes to a cutting board. Let them cool for 5 minutes, then cut them into 1/2-inch pieces. Immediately add them to the onion-parsley dressing mixture, tossing to combine.
Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
NUTRITION Per serving (based on 8): 160 calories, 3 g protein, 22 g carbohydrates, 8 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 3 g dietary fiber, 3 g sugar