Egg Salad

This Egg Salad recipe is the best I’ve tasted, and I eat it all the time! 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 Sandwiches Halves Stacked On Top Of Each Other With Side Of Potato Chips

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.

[Like warm roasted brussels sprouts with candied pecans and ricotta salata, or shredded brussels sprout salad with crispy goat cheese].

In a similar way, egg salad needs to be prepared with good technique and ingredients.

Egg Salad Recipe - Sandwich Filling With Lettuce, Tomato, Cornichon, On White Bread

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).

Egg Salad Sandwich On Cutting Board With Potato Chips and Cornichons

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.”

You know, like Cranberry Chicken Salad, Salmon Salad, Caprese Pasta Salad, Broccoli Salad and Red Potato Salad.

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:

How to Make Egg Salad - Perfectly Hardboiled Eggs In Bowl With Mayonnaise

If you have 10 minutes to spare, I recommend using homemade mayonnaise for the best flavor.

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:

Healthy Egg Salad Ingredients: Chopped Fresh Celery, Sliced Scallions, Chopped Cornichons, And Fresh Dill

Each brings so much flavor and texture to the salad.

Add those to the bowl, along with mustard, salt and pepper:

Best Egg Salad Recipe With Fresh Ingredients, Mustard, Salt, and Pepper

Mix well:

Easy Egg Salad Mixture For Sandwiches, Wraps, Crackers, Etc

Now you can use the egg salad for whatever you’d like.

A classic egg salad sandwich is my favorite:

Egg Salad Sandwich On White Bread With Butter Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes

I also love egg salad on crackers, and you can make it pretty with a dill garnish:

Egg Salad On Butter Ritz Crackers With Dill Sprig Garnish


Egg Salad Questions:

  • 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!

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  • 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


  1. Hardboil and peel the eggs using your favorite method. This is how I do it, and this method has tons of positive reviews.
  2. Roughly chop the hardboiled eggs, then mix with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Chill the egg salad for a few hours, then serve on crackers or in sandwiches. Enjoy!


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This post was updated from the archives with new photos, writing, and video in February 2018. Originally posted September 2013.