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 - Stuffed Into Sandwiches With Tomato and Lettuce and Served with 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 Sandwiches on a Wooden Board with Pickle

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.

If you have 10 minutes to spare, I recommend using homemade mayonnaise for the best flavor, but Sir Kensington’s is a good store-bought option as well.

Egg Salad Sandwich on a Wooden Board with Pickle

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.



How to Make Egg Salad:

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:

Chopped Hard Boiled Eggs in Bowl

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:

Cut Celery, Scallions, Cornichons, and Dill on Cutting Board

Each brings so much flavor and texture to the salad.

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

Raw Veggies, Mustard, and Pepper Added to Hard Boiled Yolks

Mix well:

Mixed Egg Salad Ingredients in Mixing Bowl

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

A classic egg salad sandwich is my favorite:

Slices of White Bread with Lettuce, Egg Salad, and Sliced Tomatoes

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

Egg Salad on a Cracker with Dill Sprig

Enjoy!

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.
Egg Salad Stuffed Into Sandwiches With Tomato and Lettuce and Served with Chips

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!
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Ingredients

  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • 2 tbsp chopped cornichons
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 6 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper or to taste

Instructions 

  • 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!

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 499mg, Sodium: 650mg, Potassium: 249mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 925IU, Vitamin C: 2.7mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 2.5mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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