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Classic Egg Salad

Classic egg salad, made with fresh eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper and a hint of garlic. This simple classic is great on sandwiches, toast or lettuce. 

There are certain recipes that are classics. Recipes that everyone has made one time or another. Recipes that, simply put, don’t need anything fancy to make them good. Classic Egg salad is one of those.

Egg salad on a white bread

Don’t overcomplicate it! This recipe needs just a few basic ingredients and you’re good to go.

What ingredients do you need?

HARDBOILED EGGS: Obviously. I like to work with the eggs cool so if you’re hard boiling them right before making, give them a chance to cool off before you start chopping them.

MAYONNAISE: Guys. I only use Best Foods mayo. For you East Coasters it’s Hellman’s. Don’t use Miracle Whip here. It’s too sweet for this!

YELLOW MUSTARD: Stick to the basic here too. Specialty mustards have their place but it’s not in a classic egg salad sandwich. Yellow mustard gives you just the right amount of tang and color that you’re looking for.

SALT, PEPPER AND GARLIC: These are all the seasonings that you need. Again, we’re keeping it simple here.

chopped eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic in a glass bowl on a wooden cutting board.

STEPS FOR MAKING EGG SALAD:

Step by Step Photos for how to make egg salad. Photo 1: hard boiled eggs Photo 2: chopped eggs in glass bowl. Photo 3: all ingredients in glass bowl Photo 4: Egg salad in glass bowl with spoon.

STEP #1: Hard boil the eggs. You can do this ahead of time if you like. If you make them right before cooking just make sure to chill them first. Egg salad is best served cold.

STEP #2: Chop the eggs. I chop them all together, yolk and all. You can smash them too if you want things a bit chunkier.

STEP #3: Add in mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic powder  and mix well.

STEP #4: Allow to chill about 30 minutes so that the flavors have a chance to meld.

My absolute favorite way to serve egg salad is on soft white bread. It is one of my all time favorite sandwiches and my family’s too. You can also serve egg salad on top of lettuce, in a wrap or on toast for breakfast!

Egg salad sandwich on a white plate.

We like our sandwiches pretty full so this recipe will make enough for about two. It can easily be doubled though!

Can you make this ahead of time?

Absolutely! I find it even better the next day. It will stay fresh in your refrigerator for a few days.

A spoonful of egg salad over a glass bowl on a wooden cutting board with a bowl of eggs.

Have some hard boiled eggs that you need to use? Check out these recipes:

Classic Deviled Eggs 

Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing

Crispy Chickpea and Arugula Salad

Chef Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Looking for more sandwich recipes? Here are some of my favorite sandwich recipes!

Fried Green Tomato BLT

Spicy Shrimp Sandwich 

French Dip Sandwich

Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Note: this recipe was originally posted in 2009. It was updated with new photos and tips in 2020.

Classic Egg Salad Recipe

Makes 2 Sandwiches Prep Time:

Ingredients:

  • 6 hard boiled eggs, cooled
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • fresh cracked pepper and salt to taste

Instructions

1

Chop whole eggs (white and yolk). Mix together with mustard, mayonnaise and garlic powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill for about 20 minutes.

2

Spoon onto a slice of bread, top with red onion and lettuce if desired. Top with another slice of bread. Serve.

Notes

Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 282 , Total Fat: 20.8g , Saturated Fat: 5.2g , Cholesterol: 497mg , Sodium: 430mg , Carbohydrates: 7.2g , Fiber: 0.3g , Sugar: 2.7g , Protein: 17.3g

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  • Reply
    Maureen
    September 20, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I SO miss Lisa Frank folders – you’re totally right!! : )

  • Reply
    Soma
    September 11, 2009 at 6:52 am

    This is my favorite lazy time sandwich, quick to put together & delicious as gourmet. i don’t use mayo as i am not fond of it & i use tons of sprouts in it. beautiful picture.

  • Reply
    zoe
    September 10, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    This egg salad looks awesome It’s also good with some cumin mixed in.

  • Reply
    DeeDee
    September 10, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Paul LOVES egg salad but I do not…..you are now make me debate on whether I need to be a good wife or not:) Thanks. Hope your enjoying your trip!

  • Reply
    Marta
    September 10, 2009 at 10:39 am

    hahahaha Lisa Frank folders, what a flashback!
    I miss school lunches too, though mine didn’t look nearly as yummy as this sandwich! I take joy, though, in making school lunches (and work lunches) for others :)

  • Reply
    Rita @ Creatively Domesitc
    September 9, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Lisa Frank folders! whoot whoot! That brings me back! And the egg salad looks super yummy!

  • Reply
    Talia
    September 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I know what you mean about the egg sandwich… I’m not a fan of fancy toppings either! This one looks delicious!!

  • Reply
    peachkins
    September 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I love egg salad…

  • Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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