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Egg Salad Recipe

The best egg salad recipe is creamy, flavorful and quick and easy to make. All you need for this classic recipe is hard-boiled eggs and few more simple ingredients!

Some more salad and sandwich recipes perfect for lunch gatherings include tuna salad recipe, cucumber sandwiches or this chicken salad croissant.

Egg salad in a bowl.
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Easy Egg Salad Recipe

After Easter, we love to make egg salad sandwiches for lunch with all of the leftover colored eggs. They come together quickly and are the perfect way to use up the eggs so they don’t go to waste. We also use leftovers to make deviled eggs!

The best part about this egg salad recipe is that it is only 4 ingredients and made in 10 minutes. It tastes amazing served on a thick slice of whole wheat bread with sliced avocado or wrap it in a flour tortilla.


Here are the simple ingredients I always include in my egg salad, but feel free to customize it how you like!

3 hard boiled eggs on counter.
  • Hard boiled eggs: You’ll need 6 hard boiled eggs. Either make them day of with this easy hard boiled eggs in Instant Pot method, or use leftover hard boiled eggs too.
  • Mayonnaise: You don’t need a ton of mayo…just enough to create a creamy base. I used 1/4 cup. If you’re looking for a lighter option, you could use Greek yogurt or even light mayo too. You can even make this a Whole30 recipe by making homemade mayo or using a compliant mayo such as Primal Kitchen.
  • Pickle juice: I love the flavor that pickle juice adds. If you don’t have any on hand, you could use lemon juice or white vinegar as well. You only need a few teaspoons.
  • Dijon mustard: Dijon is my favorite mustard to use because of it’s sharp flavor and bite. If you’re not a fan of Dijon, regular mustard will work too. Add in 1-2 teaspoons to taste.

Egg Salad Variations

There are plenty of optional add-in’s you can include to make the egg salad your own. Below are a few great options.

  • Dill: I love the addition of dill. I always use fresh dill because it really enhances the flavor.
  • Chopped chives: Chives pair wonderfully with egg salad. You can either include them in the mixture or add them on top.
  • Bacon: Crumbled bacon adds amazing flavor and texture. I like to add in bacon that’s extra crispy so that it holds up when covered in the sauce.
  • Celery: Celery is a popular addition and adds a nice crunch.
  • Onion: You could add in diced red onion for more fresh flavor.
  • Paprika: Add some paprika if you like a bit of a kick. I’d start with about 1/4 tsp and then taste and adjust.
  • Tabasco: You can also a few dashes of tabasco sauce for a kick of heat.
Egg salad in clear bowl.

Favorite Ways to Serve

  • Make an egg salad sandwich with whole grain toast
  • Spread on top of crackers
  • In a croissant or tortilla
  • Over a bed of mixed greens or arugula similar to waldorf salad
  • In lettuce wraps (with romaine or bibb lettuce)

Make Ahead + Storing

  • To make ahead: You can prepare this salad the night before serving. Place in an airtight container or cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then store in the fridge overnight. Make sure to give it a big stir before serving. You may need to drain a little of the liquid out as well.
  • To store: Leftovers will stay fresh in the fridge for about 3 days. If it’s been left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, then you should toss the leftovers.


What is in a traditional egg salad?

A traditional egg salad typically includes hard-boiled eggs that have been chopped, mayonnaise, and often some chopped celery and fresh herbs like parsley or dill. Some recipes may also include mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper for added flavor.

What mayo is best for egg salad?

The choice of mayonnaise for egg salad is a personal preference. Some people prefer a traditional mayonnaise, while others may opt for a low-fat or vegan mayo. Some popular brands of mayonnaise for egg salad include Hellmann’s, Duke’s, and Kraft. I prefer Hellmann’s.

Open face egg salad sandwich on white plate.

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Egg Salad Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
The best egg salad recipe is creamy, flavorful and quick and easy to make. All you need for this classic recipe is hard-boiled eggs and few more simple ingredients!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 1-2 teaspoons pickle juice, lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons dijon mustard

S&P, to taste

    For serving: chopped chives, lettuce, whole grain bread or crackers


      • Peel and chop the eggs. Then place in a medium size bowl. Stir in the mayo, pickle juice and mustard. Salt and pepper to taste. 
      • Serve on toasted bread with lettuce, chives and extra pepper if desired.
      • If the egg salad is properly stored in an air tight container, it will stay fresh up to 3 days. However, egg salad should be tossed out if left out for more than 2 hours.


      Make ahead: You can make this salad the night before and store in the refrigerator an airtight container.
      Variations to add to your egg salad sandwich:
      • Add 1-3 teaspoons fresh dill for a fresh twist
      • Arugula
      • Sliced tomato
      • Bacon
      • Sliced avocado
      • Chopped chives


      Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

      Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

      Course: Salad
      Cuisine: American

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