The Best Egg Salad
Perfectly cooked hardboiled eggs, crunchy celery, briny cornichons, and fresh dill make for an egg salad that’s flavorful, creamy, and full of texture. I love keeping this egg salad on hand for easy protein that can be put on crackers, or made into sandwiches!
Egg salad doesn’t get enough credit or attention, if you ask me.
My theory is that it’s like brussels sprouts.
Brussels sprouts were the most hated vegetable for a long time, until the tides turned in recent years as people discovered that they just need to be cooked the right way instead of being boiled to death.
In a similar way, egg salad needs to be prepared with good technique and ingredients.
The eggs shouldn’t be overcooked, and you need fresh ingredients like dill, celery, etc that add flavor and texture.
Oh, and you need to use a delicious mayonnaise.
That part might be the most important.
I’ve tried and compared several brands of mayonnaise and some are downright revolting. Use one that tastes delicious to you.
(My personal favorite is Sir Kensington’s, and I have no affiliation with them).
With all the right ingredients and perfectly cooked eggs, I find myself with an egg salad that is my favorite of all the kinds of “salads.”
Compared to all of those, egg salad is not the popular one, but in my mind it’s the best, and you can find some in my fridge pretty often.
The first thing you need to do is cook some eggs, and do it well.
Overcooked hardboiled eggs are dreadful, with rubbery whites and chalky, crumbly yolks. That will make for a bad egg salad from the start.
Here is a full post with my method for perfectly cooked, easy-to-peel hardboiled eggs.
In a nutshell, you want to gently place the eggs into boiling water for 12 minutes (keeping the boil at a gentle bubble, not a raging boil), then transfer the eggs to an ice bath for 5 minutes, and peel.
Then chop the eggs into pieces, and toss with mayonnaise:
Now it’s time to add all the freshness and flavor.
From left to right I have: chopped celery, sliced scallions, chopped cornichons (my favorite type of pickle), and fresh dill:
Each brings so much flavor and texture to the salad.
Add those to the bowl, along with mustard, salt and pepper:
Now you can use the egg salad for whatever you’d like.
A classic egg salad sandwich is my favorite:
I also love egg salad on crackers, and you can make it pretty with a dill garnish:
Egg Salad FAQs, Tips & Tricks:
- How long will egg salad last in the fridge? About 3 days. After that the flavor really starts to go downhill.
- How long will egg salad sandwiches keep? If you want to prepare sandwiches in advance, place a dry piece of lettuce on the inside of each slice of bread, then put your egg salad in the middle. This will keep the bread dry, so you can make sandwiches ahead of time (like the night before) and store it in the fridge to grab and go the next day.
- Can egg salad be frozen? No, I don’t recommend it. This is not a good recipe to freeze.
- Is egg salad healthy? Yes! Everyone has a different definition of healthy, but the egg salad on its own is paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, Whole30-compliant, low carb, and more. You can eat the egg salad in lettuce cups if you want to skip the bread and crackers.
- What to serve egg salad on or with: I put it in sandwiches, on crackers, in wraps, or in lettuce cups when I want it gluten-free.
- What goes with egg salad sandwiches? Any of the usual sandwich pairings, like potato chips, fries, or a healthy veggie side.
- Is egg salad safe to eat? Yes! It’s safe for children, pregnant women, everyone, as long as you’re using a store-bought mayonnaise (and not a homemade one made with raw egg). The eggs in this dish are completely cooked.
The Best Egg Salad Recipe
Perfectly cooked hardboiled eggs, crunchy celery, briny cornichons, and fresh dill make for an egg salad that's flavorful, creamy, and full of texture. I love keeping this egg salad on hand for easy protein that can be put on crackers, or made into sandwiches!
- 12 large eggs
- 1/2 cup chopped celery (2 ribs)
- 1/2 cup sliced scallions (3 scallions)
- 2 tbsp chopped cornichons (about 6 pickles)
- 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper, or to taste
- Hardboil and peel the eggs using your favorite method. This is how I do it, and this method has tons of positive reviews.
- Roughly chop the hardboiled eggs, then mix with the remaining ingredients.
- Chill the egg salad for a few hours, then serve on crackers or in sandwiches. Enjoy!
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 375kcal Calories from fat 281|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 31g||48%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||35%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
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This post was updated from the archives with new photos, writing, and video in February 2018. Originally posted September 2013.