Best Egg Salad

This egg salad recipe is bound to become one of your favorite lunches! Thanks to lemon, mustard, and lots of herbs, it's bright, tangy, and fresh.

Egg Salad Recipe

If you have hard boiled eggs leftover from celebrating Easter or Passover, make this egg salad recipe! If you don’t, make it anyway. In my opinion, it’s what a classic egg salad recipe really wants to be. It still has a rich, creamy texture and tangy flavor, but it’s fresher and more complex.

It uses far less mayo than a traditional egg salad, and it gets bright, briny flavor from capers, lemon juice, and plenty of Dijon mustard. A pinch of celery seed, a dash of turmeric, and a handful of fresh herbs tie it all together. Stuffed into a sandwich with crisp veggies and greens, it’s the perfect spring lunch.

Hard boiled eggs

How to Make the Best Egg Salad

  • Start with good hard boiled eggs. Like with brownies and chocolate, your egg salad will only be as good as your hard boiled eggs. I make mine using this method, where I add the eggs to a pot of cold water and bring the water to a boil over high heat. When it reaches a boil, I remove the pot from the heat, cover it, and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10-12 minutes. Then, I transfer them to an ice water bath for 14 minutes. Find my tips and tricks for making perfect hard boiled eggs here!
  • Maintain some texture. The best egg salad is a little chunky, with a rich, creamy dressing surrounding it. It’s ok if the yolks crumble a little as you fold the chopped eggs into the dressing, but don’t mash them up too much.
  • Go all in on the herbs. Fresh chives and dill add bright, oniony flavor to this recipe, and they make it feel really fresh. If you don’t have one of them, use more of the other, or add fresh parsley or green onions instead.
  • Add a pinch of celery seed. Celery seed is the secret ingredient in Jack’s mom’s famous deviled eggs, and it really takes this recipe for egg salad over the top! Its distinctive savory flavor pairs perfectly with the fresh herbs, bright lemon, and tangy mustard.

Mustard, mayo, and olive oil in a bowl Egg salad recipe steps

Egg Salad Sandwich Serving Suggestions

Once you’ve made this egg salad recipe, pile it onto a sandwich with your favorite fresh fixings! I love it with radishes, watercress or other greens, and pickled red onion. Enjoy your egg salad sandwich on its own, or pair it with a fresh salad or soup. These recipes would all be great choices:

For more ideas, check out my 37 Best Salad Recipes or 25 Best Soups!

If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, feel free to serve the egg salad with crackers or pita or over a bed of spring greens. It will keep in the fridge for 3 days, so it’s a great recipe to make ahead for quick lunches throughout the week. See this post for my best meal prep tips!

Egg Salad Sandwich

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Best Egg Salad

rate this recipe:
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Serves 3
This egg salad recipe is bound to become one of your favorite lunches! Assemble it into sandwiches or serve it with crackers, pita or over a bed of spring greens.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 hard boiled eggs, diced
  • Pinches of celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, olive oil, mustard, capers, lemon juice, garlic, turmeric, salt, and several grinds of black pepper.
  • Mix in the eggs, then stir in the celery seed, dill, and chives. If desired, lightly mash the mixture if it's too chunky. Chill until ready to serve.

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  1. Jess McLean
    04.13.2020

    5 stars
    Made this for lunch today . . . IN-CRE-DI-BLE!! Seriously the most delicious egg salad I have ever tasted, THANK YOU! We didn’t have chives or dill, but opted for finely chopped green onion, but it worked perfectly with everything else. Dicing the boiled eggs instead of mashing added a nice texture too. Ate with sliced tomatoes and radishes, perfection!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.14.2020

      Hi Jess, I’m so glad you loved it!!

  2. Fiona Constain
    04.13.2020

    5 stars
    Delicious recipe, Thank you! great way to used all the dyed Easter eggs. I served it on toasted brioche. I used thinly cut scallions instead of chives, because I just had that on hand. It was great !!!.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.14.2020

      That sounds delicious, I’m so glad you loved it!

  3. Emily from carvingajourney.com
    04.13.2020

    My family always has egg salad after a hard days work in the yard during spring/summer. I cannot wait to share your recipe with everyone! Perfect with lemonade to cool down during the hot days!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.14.2020

      I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Paul
    04.14.2020

    This looks delicious!! Surely I will try this recipe.

  5. Carrie
    04.14.2020

    Do you have a recommendation for a mayo substitute? 🙂 Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.14.2020

      I love Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise, it’s made with chickpea brine.

  6. simon andrew
    04.15.2020

    5 stars
    I will try it at home it really yummy

  7. Gil
    04.15.2020

    5 stars
    Interesting take on a classic.
    The only thing I’ll change next time is reducing the amount of dressing.
    We all thought the final result to be a little too *wet*.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.18.2020

      Hi Gil, I’m glad you enjoyed 🙂

  8. Lani
    04.21.2020

    5 stars
    I LOVE THIS EGG SALAD! it is so fresh and almost tangy, but in a good way! I will be making this on repeat, I made sandwiches on homemade birdseed bread ❤️ Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.22.2020

      Hi Lani, I’m so glad you’ve loved it so much!

  9. Becca
    05.30.2020

    5 stars
    I had never made my own egg salad before or LIKED egg salad… And then I dunno why but I decided it was time. I think the idea of capers and herbs warmed me to the idea.
    So a weeks ago I made this for the first time (and LOVED IT), and today I’m back for more! Making this again later today for my next batch of work meal preps.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.31.2020

      Haha, that’s how I used to feel about egg salad too :). I’m so glad you loved the flavor combo!

  10. Christy
    06.12.2020

    5 stars
    Yum! Recommend!! Good served over half an avocado

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.12.2020

      Oooh, love that idea!

  11. Emily Moore
    06.16.2020

    5 stars
    This egg salad is so tangy and delicious! We had it as a summer picnic with fresh baked sourdough bread and a green salad.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.12.2020

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  12. Kate
    07.07.2020

    5 stars
    Omg. This is the best egg salad I’ve ever had. Thank you for sharing

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.12.2020

      Yay! I’m so glad you loved it!

  13. Melissa
    08.26.2020

    I’m gonna try this looks very tasty

  14. Laura
    09.28.2020

    5 stars
    Best egg salad I’ve had and I’ve tried all sorts. Next day is best due to herbs.
    I make my eggs in my instant pot. The rest as recipe.
    Will be making this from now on…my husband. Loves it also.
    Creamy yolks with chunky whites is texture perfect.

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