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The only egg salad recipe you will ever need, this Best Ever Egg Salad is easy to make and tastes amazing!
Almost everyone I know has fond memories of their Mother’s or Grandmother’s egg salad sandwiches, lovingly prepared, sometimes on homemade bread, plain or augmented by a simple leaf of lettuce. And who doesn’t love deviled eggs? They’re usually one of the first appetizers to disappear at a party or picnic – it seems no matter how many there are, there are never enough! This Best Ever Egg Salad will bring back those memories.
I read somewhere that egg salad was actually a spin off from deviled eggs, which were also called “salad eggs.” Someone who loved devilled eggs got the bright idea of mashing them up and putting the resulting mixture between 2 slices of bread for a more easily transported lunch, with all the wonderful taste of those fancy deviled or salad eggs. And so, egg salad sandwiches were born! Not only loved for their luscious taste, egg salad sandwiches have become even more popular because they are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. And, when you make this best ever egg salad, you know that there are no nitrates or other chemicals or preservatives included, so they are as good for you and your family as they are tasty.
This Best Ever Egg Salad is about as close to perfect as any I’ve ever had. It’s not fancy, there are no exotic ingredients, but it’s well balanced, with bright, fresh flavors and a texture that spans from rich and creamy to crisp and crunchy. This recipe combines mayo with mustard for that savory deliciousness reminiscent of deviled eggs, with the crisp crunch of onion and celery. A little paprika add the final “fancy devilled eggs” touch.
Every great egg salad starts with perfectly cooked eggs. Here are my tips for perfect hard-boiled eggs:
- Place the eggs in a pot and add enough water to cover eggs by at least one inch.
- Quickly bring the water to a boil, then remove from heat and let the eggs sit in the hot water for about 12 minutes for large eggs, or 9 minutes for medium eggs, and 15 minutes for extra large eggs.
- Remove eggs from hot water (I use a slotted spoon) and immediately place them in a bowl filled with ice and cold water until they’re cooled completely. Hard-boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling.
To peel a hard-boiled egg easily and neatly, gently tap the egg on your countertop until the shell is finely crackled all over. Then roll the egg between your hands to loosen shell (kids love to help with this step!). Starting peeling the shell off starting at large end, holding the egg under cold running water to help ease the shell off.
UPDATE: if you own an Instant Pot, it makes the easiest to peel hard-boiled eggs ever! This is the only way I boil eggs these days, the peel slides right off, you won’t believe it! Check out my Instant Pot hard boiled eggs recipe – it’s truly life-changing!
If you make extra boiled eggs, they can be kept in the refrigerator in the shell for about a week. Once shelled, they should be used with a day.
This Best Ever Egg Salad recipe makes quite a bit, so if you have some left over , it will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
This recipe for egg salad can be layered with crunchy lettuce on whole wheat toast for a simple sandwich, or stuffed into large cherry tomatoes (sometimes labelled “cocktail” tomatoes) for an impressive appetizer. My simple and easy Best Ever Egg Salad is a great choice for a healthy and satisfying meal!
If you like this egg salad, you will also love these easy recipes:
Potato Salad With Eggs – this potato salad is the best I’ve ever had! It has a secret ingredient that makes a huge difference!
Korean Sauna Eggs – what happens if you boil your eggs for too long? Korean sauna eggs! If you never heard of them, you need to check it out!
Homemade Egg McMuffin – who needs McDonalds when you can make these yummy McMuffins yourself? Make a huge batch and freeze for instant breakfast anytime!
Low Carb Keto Bread – if you are watching your carbs, you can still have your bread to spread the egg salad on! This is the best tasting low-carb bread ever, people give it rave reviews!
Chicken Avocado Salad – if you like egg salad, you are going to like this chicken avocado salad too! It’s so creamy and delicious!
- 8 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
- ½ cup mayo
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- 1 celery stalk, finely chopped (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon paprika (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Mix the mayo and mustard together in a bowl. Add the chopped eggs, onion, celery and paprika and mix until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.