Classic Egg Salad

Here’s how to make the best egg salad you’ll have! It’s ultra creamy and full of fresh flavor, with the perfect ratios of ingredients. Bookmark this one!

Egg salad

Yes, we’ve cracked the code. Here’s the most perfect egg salad recipe! You might not think you need a recipe for egg salad. (And you don’t.) But for the best flavor that works ever time, here’s one you can bookmark and make on repeat. It’s ultra creamy and savory, made with mayo and Greek yogurt to up the creaminess factor. It’s got just the right balance of fresh herbiness with savory Dijon mustard. Layer it between bread slices and it’s pretty darn heavenly, we think. Here’s what you need to know!

The trick to perfect egg salad: yogurt + mayo

Here’s the secret to making the perfect egg salad, in our opinion. Up the creaminess factor by using both Greek yogurt and mayonnaise! We also use this trick in our Tuna Salad Sandwich and our fan favorite Homemade Ranch Dressing. Here’s why it works:

  • Mayo lends a savory richness, but using all mayo can get heavy.
  • Greek yogurt cuts the calories and keeps it light and healthy, while adding a tangy flavor.
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Ingredients for egg salad

Egg salad is one of those recipes like potato salad and tuna salad…everyone has their own spin on the concept. There are thousands of variations on this classic recipe: with pickles, with avocado, with chives, etc. In our recipe testing, here’s what we found to be the essential ingredients for egg salad:

  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Green onion
  • Fresh dill or basil (optional, but recommended)

That’s it! The Dijon mustard works with the Greek yogurt and mayo to bring in a tangy, huge flavor. No need for lemon juice in this salad: the mustard is tangy enough.

Dill

Fresh dill or basil make 2 variations!

The fresh herbs in this egg salad take it over the top! You only need a little and it goes a long way. If you don’t have access to fresh herbs you can leave them out, but we highly recommend it for the freh flavor. Here are the two options:

  • Fresh dill: This gives a classic egg salad flavor. It’s like something you’d get at a gourmet deli.
  • Fresh basil: Add basil and it makes a peppery, Italian-inspired vibe. We’re huge fans of using basil to vary up this salad.

For more herb recipes, go to Dill Recipes and Basil Recipes.

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How long can you store egg salad?

Egg salad lasts for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Here’s the thing: the flavors can dull after refrigeration. Egg salad is best served fresh. When you serve leftovers, let it come to room temperature and take a taste. Add a pinch of salt and another squeeze of Dijon mustard to taste to revive the flavors.

Ways to serve egg salad (including gluten-free)

There are lots of ways to serve egg salad outside of a simple sandwich…some you might not have thought of! It makes for a healthy lunch idea or a fast and easy dinner. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Sandwich: Classic. Try No Knead Bread or Homemade Bread if you’re up for the homemade bread challenge.
  • Lettuce Wrap: Serve it rolled up into butter lettuce leaves (gluten-free).
  • In an Avocado: Stuff it in an avocado and you’ve got a tasty gluten-free lunch.
  • Wrap: Roll it up in a tortilla or spinach wrap.
  • Crackers: Try Almond Crackers (gluten-free) or Homemade Crackers.
  • Croissants: Croissants make a fancy finger sandwich for a nice brunch, bridal shower, or baby shower.
  • Over Greens: Serve it as a salad itself! Add some sliced tomatoes or other veggies for color.
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This egg salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Egg salad

Classic Egg Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s how to make the best egg salad you’ll have! It’s ultra creamy and full of fresh flavor, with the perfect ratios of ingredients. Bookmark this one!


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Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1 green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (or basil)
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt*
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Hard boil the eggs, according to Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs or Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.
  2. When the eggs are cooked and cooled, peel them and chop them roughly.
  3. Thinly slice the green onions. Chop the fresh dill or basil.
  4. In a bowl, stir together all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Tastes best freshly made, or refrigerate for up to 3 to 5 days; after refrigerating taste and add a little salt and/or mustard to refresh the flavors.

Notes

*For dairy free, substitute mayonnaise.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Egg Salad, Best Egg Salad, How to make egg salad

More egg recipes

There are so many ways to use hard boiled eggs! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Easy Deviled Eggs Classic and taste amazing! They use both Greek yogurt and mayo to make the perfect flavor.
  • Tuna Salad with Egg Creamy and savory, this protein-packed sandwich is perfect as an easy lunch or dinner idea.
  • Nicoise Salad This French main dish salad is legendary: for good reason! It’s protein-packed, doused in zingy dressing, and makes a stunning lunch or dinner…glass of wine optional.
  • Grilled Cheese with Boiled Egg This grilled cheese has a unique filling: hard boiled eggs and smoky cheese!
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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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