Classic Egg Salad Recipe [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 3 reviews

Easter Recipes Salads

Cook time Cook time: 10 minutes

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 instant pot scalloped potatoes, or with some desserts like hot cross buns, and carrot cake.

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 it 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 it 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

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 Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot.

However, if you prefer the stovetop option, simply follow these steps:

  1. In a pot filled with water, place your eggs. Make sure they are cover water by about 1 inch.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover.
  3. Let them boil for about 11-13 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  4. 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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Egg Salad recipe tips

  • 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 for up to one week.
Classic Egg Salad Recipe

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Classic Egg Salad Recipe is perfect to eat at any time of the day. We like it for breakfast on a toast, for lunch as a wrap, or sandwich.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings of about 1/2 cup
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 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


  • Boil and peel the eggs. Chop them into 1/4 inch pieces and add to a medium bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with chopped chives, green onion and paprika before serving.



Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 380mg | Sodium: 564mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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Romy Schorr

I love egg salad. I always make it the day after Easter. I mean, what else are you going to do with all those Easter eggs? I look forward to making your recipe!


Liz Mays

This egg salad does sound super tasty. I haven't tried some of those ingredients in egg salads before but I'm excited!


Amy Desrosiers

I really love egg salad so much! This recipe is really unique to me because I really only use mayo and relish in mine.


Celebrate Woman Today

I love how you use this egg salad in lieu of stuffing and filling for sandwiches. Love the colors, too!


Ruth I

Who would have thought a simple hard boiled egg can be this classy! It looks so tasty!



Cannot wait to make this at home! Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Vickie Kuhns

Looks delicious and I'm going to make this - a lot of people now as a short cut make an "egg loaf" (google egg loaf for instant pot). That way you don't even have to peel the eggs and to chop them you can do so manually OR just push the egg loaf through a cooling rack to chop them all at once. Can do the same for any recipe that calls for chopped boiled eggs (potato salad, macaroni salad, etc.)


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