This Classic Egg Salad Recipe is perfect to eat at any time of the day. We like it for breakfast on a toast, for lunch wrap, or sandwich.

With Easter around the corner, this is the perfect recipe to make with leftover eggs. We love to serve it with scalloped potatoes, or with some desserts like hot cross buns, and carrot cake.

Classic Egg Salad Recipe

Easy Classic Egg Salad Recipe

Egg Salad is great comfort food, that is budget-friendly and packed with proteins. It is super delicious and very easy to make. We love to make this recipe and serve with two slices of bread, or on lettuce as a wrap. Also, you can add it to salads, or simply eat it with a spoon right out of the dish!

This is such an easy dish to make, yet super tasty and delicious. The base of the salad is hard-boiled eggs, so it’s best to make them just right and boil them properly. The rest is easy, just mix in the remaining ingredients and you are all set.

It is ready in about 20 minutes, and you can make plenty of it and store in the fridge for days to come. In addition, you can make it ahead of time, and enjoy it during the week, or pack it to school in a lunch box.

What Do You Put In Egg Salad?

This recipe is quite simple and also versatile. We try to keep ours pretty simple, with just mayonnaise, red onion, salt, pepper, paprika, and some chives, for garnish. However, you can also add in some celery and mustard, as they are commonly used in this dish. However, we like ours on a simpler side, and we think this is the best Classic Egg Salad recipe! Other suggestions are listed below:

  • Diced pickles or pickle juice
  • Chopped veggies like carrots add a nice texture and color to it
  • Mustard
  • Dill
  • Chives
  • Sweet relish
  • Bacon

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How to make perfect hard-boiled eggs?

For this recipe, you want to have hard-boiled eggs, and be able to peel them easily. Our favorite way to have them perfectly cooked, and easily peeled is the Instant Pot way. You can follow the easy steps on how to make them in the Instant Pot here. However, if you prefer the stovetop option, simply follow these steps:

  • In a pot filled with water, place your eggs. Make sure they are cover water by about 1 inch.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover.
  • Let them boil for about 11-13 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  • Immediately after removing from heat, place them in cold or ice water for a few minutes. This way, they are super easy to peel.

How long does egg salad stay fresh in the fridge?

Properly stored egg salad in an airtight container will last in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days. Try to refrigerate it right away, and do not keep it for more than 2 hours at room temperature. This is because bacteria will grow rapidly if left for longer than 2 hours at room temperature.

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Recipe tips and notes

  • To infuse the flavor better, we recommend mixing the mayonnaise while the eggs are still warm. However, if you are using leftover eggs, this is not mandatory, the salad will still be delicious.
  • Also, if you are not a mayo fan, you can replace it with Greek yogurt.
  • Very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel. Therefore, it is highly recommended to use eggs that have been refrigerated for 7-10 days.
  • In addition, they are easiest to peel right after cooling or ice-bathing. It is because cooling causes the egg to contract slightly in the shell.
  • To save some calories, use light mayonnaise and egg.
  • If you’re adding pickles or relish add them just before serving. Also, make sure to drain any liquid prior to adding to the mixture, to avoid a watery egg salad. However, if for some reason you end up with a watery dish, add some more hard-boiled egg to it.
  • Hard-boiled eggs can be refrigerated safely up to one week.

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Best Egg Salad Recipe
Best Egg Salad Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings of about 1/2 cup
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 mins


  • 8  hard-boiled eggs  (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/3 cup  mayonnaise  (or more)
  • 1 tablespoon  stone ground mustard 
  • 1 tablespoon  pickle juice  (or lemon juice)
  • 1/2  small red onion  (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon  dill  (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon  green onion  (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon  green garlic  (chopped or use 2 minced garlic cloves)
  • 1/4 cup  diced pickles  (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  kosher salt  (or to taste)
  •  fresh black pepper  (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  paprika  (sweet or smoked)


  •  chopped chives 
  •  chopped green onion 
  •  paprika 


  1. Boil and peel the eggs. Chop them into 1/4 inch pieces and add to a medium bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Garnish with chopped chives, green onion and paprika before serving.
Calories: 287 Carbohydrates: 2 Protein: 13 Fat: 24 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 380 Sodium: 564 Potassium: 126 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 1 Vitamin A: 675 Vitamin C: 0.2 Calcium: 54 Iron: 1.3
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