Egg Salad Recipe
This easy egg salad recipe makes the best egg salad sandwiches! It starts with perfectly hard boiled eggs and a simple, creamy dressing.
Growing up, we would often have egg salad sandwiches for lunch. My mom’s recipe for egg salad was simple, with just eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper.
I’ve made a few changes to her simple recipe but I’ve kept everything that you crave in a classic egg salad recipe. This egg salad is packed with flavor, yet so easy to make!
You can make this egg salad ahead and refrigerate it for up to three days, so it’s great for meal prep. If you cook your eggs ahead of time, this egg salad recipe comes together in just minutes. It’s perfect for a quick lunch. For more delicious sandwich ideas, try this Chicken Salad Recipe or my classic Tuna Salad.
Why You’ll Love this Egg Salad Recipe
- Easy! It’s quick to make with just 5 ingredients, plus salt and pepper.
- So Flavorful. This egg salad recipe is packed with flavor and has the perfect amount of creamy dressing. Your egg salad sandwich will be creamy and flavorful, not soggy.
- Make-Ahead Friendly. It’s great to meal prep for make ahead meals and snacks.
How Healthy is Egg Salad?
Egg salad is a healthy meal option. Eggs are a relatively inexpensive, high protein food. They are nutrient-dense and fill you up so you won’t be hungry again right away.
You can use either plain Greek yogurt or mayonnaise in this recipe. Greek yogurt is a healthier option and I bet you won’t taste the difference. You can use mayonnaise if you prefer.
You might also like this Deviled Eggs recipe. If you find yourself with extra hard boiled eggs, they’re great to make for quick snacks.
You’ll need only a few ingredients for this egg salad recipe. If you have a favorite egg salad ingredient, add it in! This recipe is easy to customize to your tastes.
- Hard Boiled Eggs: I use 6 eggs to serve 4 people. You can scale the recipe up or down to make more or fewer servings.
- Plain Greek Yogurt or Mayo: Both mayonnaise and plain Greek yogurt work well to make a creamy dressing.
- Dijon Mustard: I usually use smooth Dijon mustard, but grainy mustard or even yellow mustard work well too if that’s your preference.
- Red Onion: Chop it finely so that its sharp flavor doesn’t overwhelm the other ingredients.
- Fresh Chives: For a pop of flavor and color.
- Salt & Pepper: Adjust the amounts to your tastes.
How to Make Egg Salad
There are only a few steps to making the best egg salad. You can find the full recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions in the recipe card below.
Hard boil your eggs. You can cook the hard boiled eggs on the stove, or make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs or air fryer hard boiled eggs. Then let the eggs sit in a bowl of ice water (ice bath) to stop the cooking process.
Peel and chop the eggs. Finely chop the red onion and chives.
Place the eggs in a mixing bowl. Add the yogurt or mayo, Dijon mustard, red onion, chives, salt and pepper. Then stir everything together.
Serve egg salad in an egg salad sandwich or wrapped in lettuce for a light lunch. I also like to serve this egg salad on a piece of toasted bread, topped with sliced avocado.
How Long Does Egg Salad Last?
Egg salad can be stored for 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Refrigerate it promptly and never leave egg salad out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
- Hard boil the eggs ahead of time and refrigerate for faster prep.
- Try adding finely chopped celery, shallot or green onion in place of the red onion. Add other fresh herbs in place of or in addition to the chives.
- You can use yellow mustard in place of the Dijon mustard if you prefer.
- Taste the egg salad after mixing everything together and adjust the seasonings to your tastes. If it’s not creamy enough, stir in a little more mayonnaise or Greek yogurt.
Egg Salad Recipe
- 6 large eggs
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt, or mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, or yellow mustard
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- Cook eggs: Fill a medium saucepan or pot with enough water so that it will cover the eggs by ¾ to 1 inch when you add the eggs to the pot (but do not add the eggs yet). Heat over high heat until the water comes to a rolling boil. Then reduce the heat to a gentle boil and very gently lower the eggs into the water using a slotted spoon or metal strainer. Immediately increase the heat so that the pot comes back to a gentle rolling boil. Boil the eggs for 14 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle rolling boil.
- Immediately transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water and let them sit for 5 minutes. Peel the eggs.
- Chop the eggs and place in a medium mixing bowl. Add the plain Greek yogurt (or mayonnaise), Dijon mustard, chopped red onion, chives, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
- Taste and adjust seasonings, as needed. If the egg salad isn't creamy enough, stir in a little more yogurt or mayo.
- Serve egg salad in a sandwich or wrap, on toasted bread topped with sliced avocado, in lettuce wraps, or as desired.
- Store egg salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
My family loves egg salad! I will have to try it with greek yogurt instead of mayo next time.
Thank you! It’s a great way to lighten it up, and I don’t think there’s much difference in taste.
I keep egg salad in my fridge at all times to eat at any time of the day or night! I can’t wait to try cooking the eggs in the IP…this is a time-saver for sure.
Also, to make the chopping of the eggs quick and easy, I put the peeled eggs in my large mixing bowl and use a pastry cutter to chop them. It gets the job done in a fraction of the time!
That’s a great tip about how to chop the eggs quickly! You are going to love cooking eggs in your Instant Pot! They peel so easy!
Kristine after the cold bath I like to shatter the eggs completely on sink edge most of the time the shell falls right off while doing that process in hand it’s so cool
An even easier way to chop eggs is to push them through a cooling rack.
Easy & Delicious Recipe! Thank you so much for the neat way to make Egg Salad Sandwich and also the proper way to hard boil eggs!
You’re welcome! I’m glad it was helpful to you!
I got home very late last week and didn’t have much to choose from in the way of food, but I saw I had 3 eggs in the fridge (the use-by date was still a few days away). Anyway, i found this recipe, and simply did half of everything….quick, and it was dee-lish!!! I simply used mayo, a bit of brown deli mustard, and salt/pepper, on whole wheat toast, and I was ‘da man!!!!
I’m so glad you enjoyed this! It is perfect for a quick meal!
First time in my life to STEAM eggs!! I will never do it another way! Thank you!
how to not end up with flat end on egg when it’s hard boiled
I did a quick Google search, and apparently the flat end can be a result of an air bubble that gets larger as eggs age. You can help to prevent the flat end by using fresh eggs. Some say you can also prevent a flat end by poking a small hole in the large end of the egg before cooking, but I’m not sure I would go to the effort.
Hi Denise, I’m happy to hear that you were able to make a few modifications to make this recipe suit your tastes. 🙂 As is, it’s my basic, everyday easy egg salad for when I want a quick, healthy lunch.
Made this yummy egg salad using avocado mayo. Better than my mother’s, and hers was very good! Next time I will try half Greek yogurt and half avocado mayo. I’ve been craving egg salad and am so happy I found your recipe! Thanks for sharing it.
Cannot thank you enough for this recipe–delicious and so easy!!
I’m no cook, but since my wife says she is sick of cooking after 56 years I should learn a little something to cook for myself. So I started making my own breakfast, mostly eggs. While frying 3 scrambled eggs, I kept turning & chopping with the spatula. it began to look a lot like egg salad, so,I showed my wife and she agreed to make egg salad sandwiches for both of us (with mayo and chopped up,olives). We couln’t tell the difference, they were really good without the time & hassle of boiling and peeling eggs! My with said she never heard of anyone doing this before, could that be true? If you get a chance, please let me know what you think.
I’ve never heard of making egg salad with scrambled eggs, but if you enjoyed it then I say do what works for you. 🙂
First off – best hard boiled egg directions and results! Love this recipe and had an awesome egg salad sandwich for lunch today! Thank you!
Delicious! Sometimes I mix cold pickled cucumbers for a different taste.
I hadn’t made egg salad in years and came across your recipe, which I followed line for line and
it came out delicious! This is now my go-to recipe.
Whoa, too dry. I pureed extra mayo, yogurt and avocado. That made it perfect plus I made enough to slather on my bread. Yummy!
I’m glad you found a version that fits your tastes. Thank you.
I went the sandwich route, and made this for my weekly lunches. This is like a deviled egg on a sandwich and I am a HUGE fan of deviled eggs, so suffice to say, I’m obsessed with this recipe. The Dijon mustard adds an excellent touch.
Didn’t use the recipe as written but did use all the ingredients. I eyeball the wet stuff! Lol But girl…adding a shallot was the key!!!! Turned out delicious!
I just prepped the dressing and will mix with eggs In the morning. The recipe calls for 6
Eggs but I’m not sure the dressing is enough for 3! I will find out tomorrow, smells good although I only used a bit of red onion.
To give it a little tang, I added a little sweet cube pickles. So yum, totally recommend you trying ?
Currently going through cancer treatments, and my mouth can’t tolerate anything that requires much chewing. This is a great soft food! I subbed some celery salt for some of the regular salt. Reminds me of my mom’s!
I like to add a bit of pickle relish to my egg salad.
Try a dash of curry! Yummee!