The Very Best Egg Salad Recipe

Light and creamy, this is the very Best Egg Salad recipe ever. Eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, scallions and celery are blended together to create a flavorful egg salad that’s perfect for lunch, brunch or a light dinner. Top a cracker for a healthy afternoon snack. 

Egg Salad sandwich with olives on top.


Originally published April 2014 and updated February 2020.

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Most people think casseroles and grandma’s pot roast when they hear comfort food but for me….it’s a trusty egg salad. It’s simple, creamy and always flavorful. It’s one of those foods that can take me back to a school field trip or the cafeteria in an instant.

Egg Salad Sandwiches were a staple in my lunchbox and for good reason, as I know now….egg salad is inexpensive to make and you, almost, ALWAYS have all the ingredients you need to make it on the fly.

It’s light and filling (isn’t that contradictory), creamy and satisfying, quick and easy to make. And you can make a big batch to dig into all week long. Not to mention it’s the BEST way to use up those leftover Easter Eggs you always have on hand after the holiday is over.

Close up of egg salad on a sandwich.


Now, I know this is a pretty bold statement to put out into the world….BUT I am VERY confident to say that this is the very BEST Egg Salad recipe ever.

I’ve been playing around with it for years and what I found is you only need a few simple ingredients in perfect proportion to make this salad great. Good mayonnaise, ground mustard, fresh scallions, crisp celery, fresh hardboiled eggs….you get the picture.

And, while I’m still baffled at the inconsistency of peeling hard boiled eggs….I have found the ONE THING that makes them peel perfectly every time. Finally. It only took like 30 years of my life.

Super easy to make, this is the Very Best Egg Salad recipe. Perfect every time. |


This classic egg salad recipe is pretty much no fuss. You, most likely, have everything you need to make it in your kitchen, right now.

If you don’t already have hard boiled eggs on hand, it takes no time at all to boil them. I like to use my trusty Instant Pot to get the job done!

Once you’ve peeled your hard boiled eggs, chop them up pretty finely.  I like little minced piece of egg white but some people like their egg salad to be a bit chunkier.  You can do you, here.  There are no hard and fast rules as to how you chop your egg.

Transfer your chopped egg to a mixing bowl and add the mayonnaise, mustard, scallions, celery, salt and pepper. Mix to combine well being sure to break up the yolk so it blends in with the mayonnaise.

If you’re making an egg salad sandwich, layer a lettuce leaf or two on a slice of bread or the bottom half of a roll. Top with a healthy serving of egg salad and top with another lettuce leaf then the remaining bread or top of the roll.

The lettuce leaf will keep your egg salad sandwich from getting soggy if you’re packing in a lunchbox for later.

My easy egg salad recipe is fantastic to snack on….so we’ve been adding it to our weekly meal prep so it’s on hand at all times. 

The BEST Egg Salad sandwich with olives on top with a blue background.



Other than making the BEST Egg Salad Sandwich ever, this egg salad is super versatile and so tasty all on it’s own I eat it right out of the bowl with a spoon.

Some other ideas for enjoying egg salad:

Super easy to make, this is the Very Best Egg Salad recipe. Perfect every time. |



Believe it or not, you’ll devour every last bite of this easy egg salad recipe before it goes bad. But if you do want to make a double batch to nosh on during the week, your egg salad recipe will last, refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

I love to have a stash of my best egg salad at the beginning of the week for quick meals whether it be breakfast, lunch or a light afternoon snack. It’s one of my favorite egg recipes to make, right up there with my freezer breakfast sandwiches or THESE Denver Omelet Egg Muffins.…always ready when you are.

Overhead shot or two bacon egg muffins on a blue and white plate.


We also make this crazy easy Tuna Salad recipe on the regular.  It’s inspired by the same one they sell at Whole Foods deli department. 
Looking for more? You’ll also love this super simple Chicken Salad or you can mix things up with a Chicken Waldorf Salad….it’s simply spectacular!
This easy Ham Salad is also a classic that you won’t be able to get enough of!
Lemon Tarragon Chicken Salad on a white roll with lettuce and lemon slices from

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The Very Best Egg Salad Recipe

Simple and easy, this Egg Salad is not heavy on the mayonnaise.  Light and filling.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course brunch, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 165 kcal


  • 7 hard boiled eggs peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl, stir together the eggs, mayonnaise, ground mustard, scallions, celery, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.



Calories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 147mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 305IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 0.6mg
Keyword egg salad
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42 comments on “The Very Best Egg Salad Recipe”

  1. I would love to make your egg salad but there is no recipe. Can you share your recipe?

    I would appreciate it if you would.

    Thanks for your time & consideration.


  2. I’m afraid that I don’t see either a recipe or a link to it. I’ll check back again to try to find it. Not sure what I’m missing.

  3. Did you ever find the secret to a perfectly boied egg? Cover eggs with water, bring to full rollig boil. Put the lid on the pot and TURN THE HEAT OFF, after 15 minutes, pourout the hot water nd cover wilth cold water nd peel. Th methodp is from Rachel Ray and works every time. Good luck!

  4. I put vinegar in the water with the eggs before boiling them. They peel perfectly after cooking them in cold water.

  5. I put vinegar in water before boiling them then cool them under cold running water. They peel perfectly.

  6. Easy way to shell hardboiled eggs.

    1.When done empty hot water.
    2.Place one egg in empty pan.
    3.Shake it vigorously cracking the shell.
    4.Take out of pan and prise the shell off with a teaspoon, curved side against the egg.

  7. The pioneer woman has the best easy fool-proof egg boiling/peeling method. I will NEVER use another! She has it on Pinterest. Place eggs in already boiling water. Boil 13 minutes, remove to an ice bath for 5 minutes. The shells fall off! Thanks for the egg salad recipe!

  8. Peeling the perfect egg every time! I came across a technique that is simply steaming the eggs for 20 min, cool, and peel. I’ve found this to works perfectly for fresh farm eggs too. I have a pot with a steamer basket. I add about 2 inches of water below the basket (not touching), put my eggs in the basket, place the lid on top, and turn the burner on high to start steaming. Once I can here the water is likely boiling I turn the timer on for 20 minutes, and then turn the burner off when the timer goes off. Sometimes I let them sit and cool in the pot with the lid on, other days when I’m impatient and want to eat them right away I put them in cool water for a few minutes and then peel away!! It was almost therapeutic to peel eggs the first time I did this method! So freeing not to have to fight with the egg shells! Good luck! 

  9. I’ve made this a few times. Super yummy. I just noticed your nutritional information. Is that for the entire salad or a serving? And if it’s for a serving how many servings did you determine this salad to feed? Thank you so much 🙂

  10. Whoops! Just scrolled to top of recipe and see the information I was looking for was listed above recipe! Thanks!

  11. I plunge them immediately in ice water and leave sit for a couple minutes. Then I very gently squeeze just until the shell cracks. Peel comes right off. Hope this helps. 🙂

  12. This was yummy.  Haven’t had egg salad for years.  I didn’t have celery so I added celery salt.  No pickles either.  I added lemon pepper.  But I will definitely make this with your ingredients the next time.

  13. Kellie, I’m going to make your Egg Salad in the morning. It’s what I’ve been looking for. Now I want you to try out HOW TO BOIL EGGS IN THE OVEN, like I do. They come out perfect every time. I did not invent this. You can Google this topic & you will see many videos on You Tube as well as written out instructions at other websites. Search if you like, but it’s as simple as this: How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven – Eating on a Dime
    Mar 03, 2017 · Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (OR 325 if you feel your oven runs too hot). Place eggs (as many as you want!) in a muffin pan (or mini-muffin pan) to prevent them from rolling around. Cook for 30 minutes & then take eggs out of oven. Immediately place eggs in a bowl & quickly cover them with ice water & leave for 10 minutes. This stops the cooking process as well as makes the eggs very easy to peel. No kidding, I can peel an egg in less than a minute. Simply crack the egg on the side of the sink and move it around pressing against the sink just enough so that the whole shell has cracked lines. Then hold the egg under a fine stream of running water while pulling the shell off with the pad of you thumb. With practice you’ll get a perfect egg with no nicks. You will never regret peeling eggs again!

  14. Absolutely Fabulous egg salad,
    Thank you so much!!
    Ok, You sound just like me,
    After years of struggling to peel what should be a simple boiled egg, just to lose most of it down The sink. I have finally found the answer to peeling hard boiled eggs!
    I cannot take credit for this Because the pioneer woman is the one who said that vinegar in your water while boiling your eggs Is the only fail proof solution and she’s right, it works every time.
    I’m no scientist but it seems to dissolve whatever attaches the inside shell to the egg white.
    She also has more tips like plunging them into an ice bath after boiling etc..and that also helps 
    But it seems the vinegar is the secret.
    Thank you so much again for the recipe,
    It’s really wonderful!!

  15. I have an egg salad recipe that’s a little different from yours. I delete the mustard and the scallions, I use green onions in substitute of the scallions but they’d work just as well. And I use fresh ground pepper and some dill in my recipe. The dill adds a nice flavour to the recipe. 

  16. come on ..this is a post about egg salad not how to peel an egg…we would like to know it anybody has tried it and how was it

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