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

More Sandwich and Toast Recipes

If you love this recipe, try one of these sandwiches next:

Then, find more healthy lunch ideas here!

Best Egg Salad

rate this recipe:
5 from 28 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.


  • 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


  • 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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Rate this recipe (after making it)

  1. Rob

    5 stars
    Wonderfully delicious! The saltiness of the capers and the bitter freshness of the lemon really lifts the flavor of the egg salad.

    • Rob

      Btw, I left out the garlic…that seemed a bit too strange.

  2. Mike

    5 stars
    This is delicious! Love the medley between everything. I followed the recipe, I did cheat and squeezed a little more lemon juice on it… Wonderful, thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Mike, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Gail Golden Moyer

    5 stars
    Very good egg salad. Next time I will not add the additional salt since the capers are salty enough. This will be my go to recipe.

  4. Karen Lipseyk

    This is fabulous! I cut the mayo by about 1/3, but realized I could have used 1/2 of all of the dressing. My eggs were large eggs, but looked small, so this might not work if your eggs are larger. Delicious!!

  5. Anna

    5 stars
    Loved this – so great for spring! I’m not a fan of dill, so I doubled the chives and it was still delicious!

  6. Elizabeth Randall

    Simply delicious.

  7. Courtney Wiggins

    This looks so good, I was wondering where I can find the vegan version of the egg salad?

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