Classic egg salad recipe never gets old. This picnic perfect recipe with hard boiled eggs and mayonnaise along with mustard, celery, onions, chives, dill and paprika is an easy favorite of all. Perfect for lunch or dinner that’s packed with protein and nutrients!
Classic egg salad is my go-to recipe for low carb, healthy meal that needs very little time to make. With just few basic ingredients you’ll have a meal that can be served as salad or topped over toasted bread for simple and quick lunch ideas.
Nothing can beat hard boiled eggs and creamy mayonnaise combination. Even a hard-core salad haters would fall for this ‘salad’! Love the fact that this is a salad, because you are convinced already to eat to your hearts content! We all need to eat salads!
I know mayonnaise does not fall under ‘healthy ingredients’ list, but let’s focus on the main ingredients – eggs, it’s all PROTEIN! If you want to make it real healthy, use yogurt instead of mayo. It works. May not fall under classic egg salad recipe category, but it does deliver!
There is nothing quite like egg salad sandwich! And on busy days, this egg salad sandwich recipe is a life saver! Classic recipe that will remind of your childhood. It used to be and still is one of those meals that is so comforting, full of warmth and is loaded with good stuffs!
I don’t mind eggs for breakfast, eggs for lunch and eggs for dinner with eggs in between for snacks. All forms of eggs are easily my favorite. I can’t really pick one, I love them all. Hard boiled, scrambled, omelettes, baked eggs, eggs in curry, eggs with rice, in deviled form – give them all to me.
Egg salad is simply hard boiled eggs, mashed with mayonnaise, red onions and celery for crunch, dill leaves, parsley and chives with for fresh herbaceous taste, bright lively lemon juice and Dijon mustard and spices like smoked paprika, salt and crushed pepper. I love garlic so much that I went ahead and added a clove of minced garlic too in the dish.
Classic Egg Salad Ingredients
Best way to enjoy eggs is by making egg salad recipe. To make the best egg salad recipe you’ll need –
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Dijon Mustard
- Lemon Juice
- Salt n Pepper
- Smoked Paprika
- Red Onion
What Goes Into Classic Egg Salad Recipe?
Hard boiled eggs and mayonnaise are two main ingredients of this salad. Other ingredients that are added is to enhance the taste, texture and flavor of this salad.
You can do a few variations by including bacon, chicken or shrimp as well into the salad along with eggs. Some even add shredded carrots or cucumbers into the salad.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs can be made on stove top or instant pot.
Making hard boiled eggs is one of the easiest things. If you have instant pot use it to make instant pot hard boiled eggs, it’s convenient.
To make hard boiled eggs on stove top – carefully place eggs in a wide sauce pan. Pour room temperature water gently into the pan. Eggs should be covered in the water. Water level should be atleast 2 inches above the eggs.
Bring water to gentle boil on medium low heat. Let it boil for about 8 to 9 minutes. Depending on the egg size and it’s freshness the time needed to make hard boiled eggs may vary. If your egg whites aren’t set and firmed up in the mentioned time, adjust timing by increasing by 2 minutes or so.
Once timer goes off, turn off heat. Immediately remove eggs from boiling water and immerse it in ice cold water. This is to stop eggs from cooking further. Let it sit in ice batch for couple of minutes.
Remove eggs from ice bath, peel shells off.
How Do You Make Egg Salad
You won’t find a salad recipe as easy as egg salad recipe. If you have hard boiled eggs in hand (left overs works great, or freshly boiled eggs), it’s matter of minutes before you can bring this salad recipe to the table.
Make in bulk, as this flies very fast. It’s great for meal prep, for quick low carb lunch during the week. Make a big batch and store it in fridge, you’re egg salad sandwiches are a breeze to make.
I always use free range organic fresh eggs to make this salad. Also if you can find rich yolk eggs (it’s a thing in my part of the world, we do get eggs that are rich yolk and the ones that aren’t) you’ll get a bright sunshine colored salad from the richness of the yolk.
Hard boiled eggs needs to be chilled for few hours. This salad is best when served chilled.
While eggs chill in the fridge, prep veggies and the dressing sauce to go with the recipe.
Make sure to chop onions and celery fine. Finely chop fresh dill, parsley and chives.
In a bowl add mayonnaise. To it add Dijon mustard, minced garlic(optional), ground pepper, salt, smoked paprika, lemon juice. Whisk well until combined.
Chop eggs chunky or small pieces as you like. We like ours chunky.
To chopped eggs, add in finely chopped red onions, celery, dill, parsley, chives and the dressing. Mix everything together until everything is coated well.
Serve it as salad or spread it over bread as sandwich for low carb lunch/dinner.
Can I Make Egg Salad Without Mayo?
Yes, you can! Chopped up eggs alone are drier, you’ll need a creamy component to bind egg white, egg yolk and everything else together. There are a lot of mayo alternatives that can be used to make creamy and healthy egg salad recipe.
Some of the mayo alternatives for creamier salads are –
- Greek Yogurt
- Ricotta Cheese
- Mashed avocado works too
- Hummus – sounds amazing isn’t it!
How Long Does Egg Salad Last?
Remember we said this salad is great for meal prep? That clearly says you can make the salad ahead and store it in fridge for couple of days. Store in clean air tight containers covered in fridge it’ll last for 4-5 days.
To Make Egg Salad Sandwich
You can chop eggs chunky or small pieces. Use egg slicer if you want. We like to slice egg white and yolk together. Alternatively, separate egg whites and yolk. Chop egg whites and mash egg yolks.
To chopped eggs, add all other ingredients. Mix until everything is coated completely. Fresh bread is great for making egg salad sandwiches. You can also use French baguette, croissants, sour bread or bagels to make sandwich.
Place any salad leaf over toasted bread. Using spinach leaves instead of regular iceberg lettuce makes your lunch much healthier. Spread heaped tablespoon full of the salad mix over the toasted bread. Add more if needed. Spread evenly. Place the top bread and serve it.
What Bread Goes Well To Make Classic Egg Salad Sandwich?
You can make open faced sandwich or closed sandwich.
- Regular bread loaf can be used. Slice it into ¾ inch thick slices and use it to make sandwich.
- Want to make your sandwich fancy? Use croissant bread. Slice it in the center and fill up the salad with salad leaves between the two halves.
- Have sour bread at home? Go ahead and use it. It’s perfect to make egg salad sandwich.
- Bagels are another option.
OTHER SALADS TO TRY –
- Israeli Couscous Salad
- Watermelon Feta Salad
- 3 Bean Salad
- Fresh Spring Salad
- Mexican Quinoa Salad
- Greek Pasta Salad
- Summer Corn Salad
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Classic Egg Salad Recipe
- 6 hard boiled eggs
- ¾ cup mayonnaise for best results use full fat mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ red onion finely chopped
- 1 celery stalk diced fine
- ¼ cup dill finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon parsley finely chopped
- ¼ cup chives finely chopped
- In a bowl add mayonnaise. To it add Dijon mustard, minced garlic(optional), ground pepper, salt, smoked paprika, lemon juice. Whisk well until combined.
- Chop eggs chunky or small pieces as you like. We like ours chunky.
- To chopped eggs, add in finely chopped red onions, celery, dill, parsley, chives and the dressing. Mix everything together until everything is coated well.
- Serve it as salad or spread it over bread as sandwich for low carb lunch/dinner.