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Dinner Tonight: Tyler Florence's Ultimate Potato Salad

It feels like August in New York, and even the thought of standing in front of a hot grill makes me sweat. But despite the weather, we are officially in grilling season—when we gather for those endless casual Sunday parties where everyone eats and drinks for hours and shows up with a side dish. Salads, watermelon, and of course, potato salad.

I approached this recipe with suspicion: I already have my own private potato salad which makes brilliant use of limes and stays light by using plain yogurt. Yet Tyler Florence claims this recipe is the greatest in the world, part of his cookbook Tyler's Ultimate. I'll admit it's quite good, if a little heavy, shot through with briny capers, sweet minced red onion, and spicy Dijon mustard. The genius move is in the use of pickle juice, the same ingredient that can elevate tuna salad to greatness. It's a good recipe for the repertoire. I'll be ready once the weather breaks.

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