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Classic Egg Salad Recipe

Classic Egg Salad Recipe – The perfect egg salad that you remember as a kid.  Simple ingredients come together to make a creamy and delicious egg salad sandwich.

When I was growing up I don’t remember having egg salad that often.  It was something that was relegated to usually around Easter when we had extra hard boiled eggs around. 

But these days, it is often requested by my son for lunch.  So I like to have hard boiled eggs in the fridge to whip up this egg salad in just minutes.  And if you like is spicy like my husband mix in some Sriracha for a nice twist.

A bowl of egg salad


Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are great to make in batches and have in the fridge waiting for you.  I swear there is something magical that happens when they are cooked under pressure, because they are the easiest eggs I have found to peel!  So if you are looking for the perfect eggs to use for this recipe, head over and see how they are made.  

How Do You Make Egg Salad

  1. Egg salad always starts with hard boiled eggs.  I like to coarsely chop them, so there are still good sized chunks of eggs whites in there.  If things are too small it just gets lost, the texture of the large egg whites gives this substance. 
  2. Mix together Mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika in a small bowl until it is well combined
  3. Pour over the eggs and toss to combine.  Be gentle, you don’t want to completely break up all the eggs. 
  4. That is it!  Egg Salad is super simple to make, high quality ingredients are what make it stand out and be extra special.
A bowl of egg salad with chives

Can Egg Salad be Made In Advance

Yes, I like to make a big batch of a dozen eggs and then store it in the fridge.  I count on 2 eggs per person for a serving when I am making it.  So a dozen eggs is about 6 sandwiches, and depending on how many people that can go quickly!  The recipe is written for 8 eggs,  but it is easy to cut in half if you want to do just a couple eggs. 

How Long is Egg Salad Good For?

If you have it in the fridge, it will last for about 3-5 days. You can make a big batch and then enjoy for lunches all week long. 

But if you leave it at room temperature, after 2 hours it is no longer safe to eat.  

A close up of a sandwich on a plate

Is Eating Egg Salad Good for You?

It can definitely be good for you, if you don’t eat too much of it.  Hard boiled eggs are a high protein, low carb food that is great to have as part of a healthy diet.  Yes, there is a little bit of mayo in this recipe, but the amount per serving is not that bad.  If you wanted to use Greek yogurt or even avocado in its place for health reasons, they both work very well. 

What Goes With Egg Salad Sandwiches

It makes a great lunch on the weekend or when you have family in town and need to feed a crowd! 

egg salad in a bowl and on a bun for pinterest collage

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Classic Egg Salad Recipe

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Classic Egg Salad Recipe - The perfect egg salad that you remember as a kid.  Simple ingredients come together to make a creamy and delicious egg salad sandwich.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 8 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 2 Tbls red onion, minced
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • dash of paprika


  1. Coarsely chop hard boiled eggs.
  2. In a bowl mix together mayo, mustard, garlic powder, salt, pepper and paprika.
  3. Add chopped eggs and onion to the mayo mixture
  4. Gently mix until everything is well coated


Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are my favorite way to cook eggs

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 303Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 381mgSodium 599mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 14g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Wednesday 12th of July 2023

Hi! What’s the green on top? I’m making the salad now and don’t know what is that. ☺️ Thank you!


Wednesday 12th of July 2023

@Erin S, Thank you so much for the quick response! Have a good day

Erin S

Wednesday 12th of July 2023

I just added chives for color for the picture. you can definitely add them if you want.


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

This is one of the best egg salad recipes! Thanks!

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Wednesday 31st of March 2021

This is such a fantastic Egg Salad!! I am so excited to try it!

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Wednesday 31st of March 2021

I love a good classic Egg Salad! I can't wait to try this recipe!! YUM!


Wednesday 31st of March 2021

My hubby is going to love this recipe! So excited to give this a try! Looks so delicious and easy to make!

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