Best Egg Salad

The BEST egg salad recipe! Delicious on a sandwich or straight from the bowl, this easy egg salad is creamy, tangy, and bright. A perfect lunch!

Egg salad sandwich

I started making this egg salad recipe as a way to use up hard boiled eggs left over from Easter one spring. I thought it would be a one-and-done lunch—just an easy way to use up my leftovers—but to my surprise, I got hooked. Before long, I was boiling more eggs to make more egg salad. This stuff is seriously good!

This egg salad recipe is brighter and fresher than most. In my opinion, it’s what a classic egg salad recipe really wants to be. It’s still rich, creamy, and flavorful, but it uses far less mayo than is traditional. Lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and (optional) capers give it a tangy, briny kick, and lots of fresh herbs take it over the top.

Stuffed into a sandwich with crisp veggies and greens, this egg salad is my ideal spring lunch. I think you’ll love it too!

Eggs, fresh herbs, mayo, mustard, lemon, and finely chopped red onion on countertop

Egg Salad Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy egg salad recipe:

  • Eggs, of course! Prepare them according to this recipe for how to make hard boiled eggs. They’ll be easy to peel and have sunny yellow yolks!
  • Mayonnaise – It makes the salad rich and creamy.
  • Dijon mustard – For tangy, peppery flavor. Feel free to sub yellow mustard if you prefer!
  • Fresh lemon juice – It adds brightness.
  • Red onion – For crunch and oniony bite.
  • Fresh herbs – Chives and dill add freshness to the salad and enhance its savory flavor.
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop!

If you like, add some capers too. I love their salty, briny flavor in this recipe. Chopped dill pickles and a pinch of celery seed are also great add-ins.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

How to make egg salad - recipe ingredients in a mixing bowl

How to Make the Best Egg Salad

This egg salad recipe is simple! Cook the hard boiled eggs, then peel and chop them. Dice the red onion and chop the fresh herbs too.

Whisk together the mayo, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix to combine.

Just chill and season to taste before serving. That’s it!

For the best results, follow these tips:

  • Start with good hard boiled eggs. I make mine by adding the eggs to a pot of cold water and bringing the water to a boil over high heat. When it reaches a rolling boil, I remove the pot from the heat, cover it, and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 12 minutes. Then, I chill them in an ice water bath for 14 minutes before peeling. This method yields easy-to-peel eggs with yellow yolks. For more tips on making perfect hard boiled eggs, check out my hard boiled eggs recipe!
  • Maintain some texture. The best egg salad is a little chunky, with a rich, creamy dressing surrounding it. It’s ok if the egg 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.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Mixing simple egg salad in glass bowl

Ways to Serve

Enjoy this egg salad straight from the bowl, or

  • scoop it up with crackers or crostini,
  • serve it over lettuce or other greens,
  • or fold it into pita or a tortilla to make a wrap.

Or make an egg salad sandwich! Pile on fixings like lettuce, sprouts, or microgreens; thinly sliced cucumber, radishes, or avocado; and/or pickled red onions.

What to Serve with an Egg Salad Sandwich

I often pair mine with a side salad for lunch. Try serving your sandwich with one of these recipes:

Easy egg salad in bowl

How long does egg salad last in the fridge?

Egg salad keeps well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Storage Tips

For the freshest egg salad, follow these storage tips:

  • Store it in an airtight container. If you’re making egg salad sandwiches, don’t assemble them more than a few hours before you eat. If you make them too far in advance, they’ll get soggy!
  • Keep it in the fridge. It can spoil if it’s at room temperature for 2 hours or more.
  • Season to taste after chilling. I often find that this salad needs an extra pinch of salt or squeeze of lemon after it’s been in the fridge. Don’t hesitate to taste yours after chilling and pep up the flavors as needed!

Egg salad recipe

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Best Egg Salad Recipe

rate this recipe:
4.96 from 105 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves 4
This egg salad recipe will become one of your favorite lunches! I love it on a sandwich, with crackers, over lettuce, or straight from the bowl.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Hard boil the eggs according to this recipe. Peel and chop.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and several grinds of pepper.
  • Mix in the onions, then fold in the eggs, chives, dill, and capers, if using.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Stir, then season to taste and serve.

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  1. Kevin S.
    04.09.2024

    5 stars
    I know everybody else is saying the same thing, but this is honestly one of the best egg salads I’ve ever had. I didn’t have any capers, but otherwise made it exactly as the recipe said. The acidity from the lemon juice… the dill, the red onion, And the chives really gave this an amazing complexity of flavor. I will definitely be making this again.

  2. Kelly
    04.09.2024

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and it’s the best egg salad I have ever made. It definitely stands out with flavor, especially with the fresh dill and red onion. I will be making this for now on. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Five stars all the way

  3. Nancy
    04.09.2024

    5 stars
    This is the BEST egg salad recipe I’ve ever made in 50 years! I grow my own herbs, and my chickens provide the eggs. Thanks!!

  4. Lauren Delfino
    04.08.2024

    5 stars
    Great egg salad! I prefer bold tastes and this falls into that bucket. I added some pickled sauerkraut to mine for extra crunch (and because I did’t have capers 😉

    Great on sourdough too

  5. Tasia
    04.07.2024

    5 stars
    Absolutely perfect

  6. Greg
    04.01.2024

    Great recipe. A pinch of curry powder adds a nice touch.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      04.05.2024

      Ooh great suggestion, Greg!

  7. Audrey
    03.29.2024

    5 stars
    Yummers! I love it with Ritz crackers.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      03.29.2024

      Hi Audrey, so glad you loved it!

  8. H
    03.23.2024

    This has always been my go to egg salad recipe, but it’s been changed! It used to have turmeric and no onions! I’m sure it would still be great, but I was looking for the old recipe.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.25.2024

      Hi, I’m sorry for the confusion, we’ve updated and simplified this recipe. For the previous recipe, use the same 6 hard boiled eggs and use the ingredients from this vegan egg salad recipe (minus the tofu): https://www.loveandlemons.com/vegan-egg-salad/

  9. Sharlene S..
    03.10.2024

    5 stars
    OMG I have tried so many egg salad recipes this is simply marvelous. Mahalo mahalo mahalo. I guess I need to purchase your recipe book now.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.11.2024

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

  10. Joe OReilly
    03.10.2024

    4 stars
    All good but for a real kick, add jalapeño relish instead of pickle. (I use wife’s homemade). Can’t say how long it lasts. Always gone by 2d day.

  11. madhappyangie
    01.28.2024

    5 stars
    Wow, just wow! So fresh and flavorful– like every recipe I’ve ever cooked from this site.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.30.2024

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  12. Gwenn
    10.06.2023

    Best egg salad recipe ever!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.09.2023

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  13. Iralyn
    04.24.2023

    5 stars
    So delicious and easy!! Another great L&L recipe! Counting down the days until the new cookbook arrives!!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      04.27.2023

      I hope you love the book!

  14. Sara
    03.08.2023

    Omgoodness!
    This was quick, easy and delicious.
    Thank you for sharing! I cannot wait for my cookbook from you!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      03.10.2023

      So glad you loved the egg salad! Thanks for pre-ordering the cookbook too!

  15. Anjanette
    01.28.2023

    5 stars
    This is my go-to egg salad. It’s so delicious! I love everything about it. I usually add diced celery and onion, but it’s also good without these.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.30.2023

      I’m so glad you’ve loved it!

  16. Tiffany I
    11.27.2022

    5 stars
    Wow! All the flavors are really great together. Love this take on egg salad. I didn’t have turmeric, so I subbed ground ginger and paprika. Divided the called for quantity in half and it turned out amazing. Thanks you for sharing this recipe.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.27.2022

      I’m so glad you loved it!

    • Ana
      04.30.2023

      This recipe is great! I have been using it on pumpernickel bread with butter lettuce and it is my absolute favorite sandwich now. Love it, thank you!

      • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
        05.01.2023

        Hi Ana, I’m so glad you love it! That sandwich combo sounds fantastic.

  17. Anne
    11.06.2022

    5 stars
    I made this almost exactly as written (without the dill – didn’t have any. I’m sure it would’ve only improved the dish). It was more delicious than any I’ve ever had. All of the ingredients work great together. You do not need any more mayo than 1/4 C! Thank you for a great recipe!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      11.11.2022

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

  18. Sherry Burke
    10.07.2022

    Hi, real quick note. The egg salad recipe appeared in as a vegan recipe when I selected the filter. I will use tofu instead of the boiled eggs. Look forward to making this for breakfast

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