Learn how to make the best egg salad, plus our tips for making it in advance. Jump to the Simple Egg Salad Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.
We are big egg salad fans. We used to add lots of ingredients, but over time have learned to hold back. We enjoy egg salad more the fewer ingredients we add.
This simplified egg salad recipe includes mayonnaise, celery, fresh herbs, and lemon juice.
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY: In our Avocado Egg Salad Recipe, avocado adds a twist to classic egg salad. You can even make it mayo-free! Replace the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt or leave it out completely.
How to Make the Best Egg Salad
You need hard boiled eggs for egg salad. For about 1 cup of salad, you will need 4 hard boiled eggs.
Learn our no-fail process for making hard boiled eggs.
Once you have hard boiled eggs, this egg salad only takes 5 minutes to make. We add the following ingredients:
- Mayonnaise for moisture. For a mayo-free version, try adding natural or Greek yogurt or swap the mayo for mashed avocado.
- Celery for crunch. We love a little crunch in our egg salad, but have also added chopped onions and sometimes, dill pickles.
- Fresh herbs for flavor. My personal favorite is fresh chives, but parsley and tarragon are also delicious options.
- Fresh lemon juice for pop. A squeeze of fresh lemon adds such a lovely pop of flavor. It also cuts through the richness of the egg and mayonnaise.
- Salt and ground pepper to season. A pinch of salt and pepper goes a long way when it comes to making the egg salad taste good.
Egg salad is perfect for a quick, healthy breakfast or lunch. I love adding it to a slice of toasted multi-grain bread or spooning it over salad greens. Egg salad is best eaten within 2 days of making it. We recommend using freezer-safe glass containers to store egg salad.
You can make hard boiled eggs and store them in the refrigerator up to a week. Once you have made hard boiled eggs, remove them from the water and plunge into cold water to stop them from cooking. Then remove the eggs from the cold water and pat dry. Store the unpeeled eggs in your refrigerator up to one week.
Recipe updated, originally posted June 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Easy 6-Ingredient Egg Salad Recipe
Joanne and I like egg salad to be simple, with as little ingredients as possible. We add a little mayonnaise for moisture, celery for crunch, fresh herbs and a small amount of lemon juice to brighten things up.
You Will Need
4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons mayonnaise, or Greek yogurt (try our homemade mayonnaise)
1 medium-length celery stalk, finely chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives, parsley or dill
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Stir eggs, mayonnaise, celery, chives and lemon juice in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Egg salad is best eaten within 2 days of making it. We recommend using freezer-safe glass containers to store egg salad.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- To make hard-cooked (hard-boiled) eggs, in a saucepan, cover eggs with 1 inch of cold water, bring to a boil then immediately remove from heat and cover with lid. Let eggs stand, covered in the hot water for 12 minutes. Then plunge eggs into ice cold water to stop the cooking. A full tutorial with photographs can be found here: How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs.
- Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values. We assumed mayonnaise and did not include any bread.