30 Minutes or Less, Beginner, Easter, Eggs, Salads

Classic Egg Salad

Learn how to make easy classic egg salad in three easy steps, or liven up your egg salad recipe with a few tasty add ins for a punch of flavor.

egg salad sandwich on a gray plate garnished with radishes and chives

It would appear I have been up to my eyeballs in eggs lately, seeing as how I have published three posts having to do with hard boiled eggs within the last week. This is the last one for a while, I swear. I didn’t feel right concluding this series without including a recipe for good ol’ egg salad.

What is egg salad?

In its basic form, egg salad is a mixture of hard-boiled eggs and mayo. It’s eaten much like tuna salad – on its own or smeared over a slice of bread.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact origins of egg salad. But if I had to take a guess, I would speculate it rose to popularity as a middle class food staple. The basic ingredients are something we all tend to keep on hand. It’s a high protein meal that will fill a belly – perfect for a family on a tight budget.

How to Make Classic Egg Salad

Before you get started, you’ll want to go ahead and hard-boil six large eggs. Check out this post for my cooking technique and tips for making easy peel hardboiled eggs.

bowl of chopped hardboiled eggs

After your hardboiled eggs are cool enough to handle, peel then coarsely chop them. Drop the chopped eggs into a bowl, then add ¼ cup of mayonnaise and ½ cup diced celery. Season with salt and pepper.

How Long Will Egg Salad Last?

Any uneaten egg salad should be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator within two hours. Egg salad should be eaten within five days.

Get Creative with Your Egg Salad

Now that you’ve got the basic recipe under your belt, liven up your egg salad with a few creative additions. Here are a few of my faves:

  • Chopped bacon
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Hot sauce
  • Pickle relish
  • Diced avocado
  • Fresh herbs such as dill or chives
  • Red onion or shallots
  • Horseradish
  • Dijon mustard

spreading egg salad on a slice of bread

 

egg salad sandwich on a gray plate garnished with radishes and chives
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Classic Egg Salad

Learn how to make classic eggs salad in three easy steps, or liven up your egg salad recipe with a few tasty add ins for a punch of flavor.
Calories 235kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 hard boiled eggs chopped
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place the chopped eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the mayonnaise and chopped celery
  • Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover salad and refrigerate when not serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 261mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 1.2g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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