Egg Salad Recipe

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This egg salad mixture is healthy, cool and refreshing. It features savory hard-boiled eggs, creamy condiments, red onion, and herbs. It has the perfect amount of tang. Use it to make the best egg salad sandwiches.


Egg salad mixture (for egg salad sandwiches) in a glass mixing bowl with spoon.


Our classic egg salad recipe features the best combination of ingredients for an old-fashioned deli flavor. Like this cold tuna salad, our mixture is easy to make in just 10 minutes with a few hard boiled eggs and pantry staples.

This egg salad recipe is perfect for picnics. Pack it an airtight container. Transport it in an ice chest. Assemble egg salad sandwiches at the park. Or change things up by making a pita sandwich or lettuce wrap.

Egg salad is also ideal for meal prepping. Double the recipe and store it in the fridge for quick healthy lunches throughout the week. Pair egg salad sandwiches with a cup of soup, a piece of fruit, or bag of crunchy corn chips.

👉🏻 MORE GREAT IDEAS: Top a chef’s salad with a rounded scoop of the egg salad mixture. If you have any leftovers, avoid food waste by folding it into a macaroni salad or a potato salad.

Egg salad sprinkled with dill and paprika in a piece of butter lettuce on a plate.


  • Large Eggs: The star ingredient of this egg salad recipe.
  • Red Onion: Adds color, a crunchy texture, and a hint of peppery spice.
  • Fresh Dill: Adds a pop of color and a fresh herby flavor.
  • Mayonnaise: For me, the best-tasting mayos are Best Foods and Duke’s.
  • Dijon Mustard: Made from brown mustard seeds, white wine and vinegar, it has a sharp tangy flavor that’s so delicious.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Has a bright vinegary taste with plenty of tang.
  • Kosher Salt: Enhances the flavor of the other ingredients.
  • Black Pepper: Contributes a rustic flavor and aroma with a hint of heat.
  • Paprika: Adds subtle earthiness, color and a sweet peppery taste.
  • Optional: Dill pickles (finely diced) for tangy flavor and a bit of crunch.
An overhead view of egg salad recipe ingredients.


  • STEP 1: Boil eggs until done. Carefully drain off hot water. Cool eggs in an ice-water bath.
  • STEP 2: Peel eggs under running water (or while submerged in a bowl of cold water). Chop them with a sharp knife or use an egg slicer. Transfer chopped eggs to a medium bowl.
Chopped hardboiled eggs in a medium-sized clear glass mixing bowl.
  • STEP 3: Add mayo, mustard, and vinegar to the bowl. With a spatula or spoon, mix until fully incorporated.
  • STEP 4: Add red onion, chopped dill, paprika, salt, and freshly-ground black pepper. Mix until well combined. Do a taste test. If desired, add additional herbs and spices. An extra sprinkling of vinegar will continue to brighten the flavor! Just go slow with any additions. Taste the mixture after each adjustment.
Egg salad ingredients in a clear glass mixing bowl next to sprigs of fresh dill.


  • How to make hard boiled eggs: Bring a large pot of water to a roiling boil. With a spoon colander, gently lower eggs into the water. Cover the pot with a lid and boil for 7 minutes. Turn off the heat but leave the lidded pot on the hot burner for 6 minutes more. Transfer cooked eggs to an ice-water bath to let them shed heat.
  • For hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel: Use eggs that are 1 to 2 weeks old. They’re much easier to peel than fresh eggs. This is because as the egg white shrinks over time, there’s more distance between the egg shell and the egg. This allows them to be cleanly peeled.
Egg salad with dill in a bowl with cherry tomatoes, pickles, olives, avocado and red onion.


These are the most commonly-asked questions for making the BEST egg salad recipe, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

Best add-ins for egg salad recipe?

Add crunchy bacon (cooked and crumbled), chopped black olives, or dill pickles. Or combine it with some albacore tuna or cottage cheese.

How long does egg salad last?

When refrigerated in an airtight container, it can last for up to 4 days.

Can you freeze egg salad?

Yes. It can be frozen in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 1 month.

How to chop boiled eggs quickly?

Use an egg slicer or this expert hack: Put a metal cooling rack directly over a mixing bowl. Press a peeled hard boiled egg down through the rack. The tight metal grates act as an egg slicer. It’s quick and simple.

An open-faced egg salad sandwich on wheat bread with butter lettuce and sliced red onion.


When the weather heats up, make this delicious tuna salad mixture for sandwiches, or enjoy these tasty, refreshing cold salads.


Flavor testers rated this the BEST egg salad recipe. Fresh, creamy, tangy and tasty with the perfect texture. Older members of the group said the mixture tasted just like the egg salad their parents would purchase at the corner deli.

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Egg salad mixture (for egg salad sandwiches) in a glass mixing bowl with spoon.

Egg Salad Recipe

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This easy egg salad recipe is healthy, cool and refreshing. Make it just 10 minutes with hard-boiled eggs, creamy condiments, red onion, pickles, herbs and spices. It tastes like it came from a deli.


  • 8 large hard boiled eggs, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon diced kosher Dill pickles (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped (no stems)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Using an egg slicer, chop hard boiled eggs into small pieces.
  2. Add chopped egg, mayo, Dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar to a medium-size mixing bowl. With a spoon, mix well.
  3. Add red onion, fresh dill, paprika, salt and pepper to the bowl. Mix until incorporated. Do a taste test. Adjust herbs and spices, if needed. A light sprinkling of additional apple cider vinegar will further brighten things up!


Best eggs for hard boiled eggs: Eggs that are 1 to 2 weeks old are much easier to peel than fresh eggs. As eggs sit in the fridge the egg whites start to shrink away from the shells, leaving space between the egg and shell. So after boiling these eggs peel more cleanly.

More delicious add-ins: Celery, black olives, lemon juice, chives, crispy bacon (cooked and crumbled).

How to quickly slice eggs without an egg slicer: Place a metal cooling rack (with square grates) over a mixing bowl. Press a peeled egg straight down through the grates. This method quickly slices eggs into tiny square pieces.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: egg salad, egg salad recipe, egg salad sandwich

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  1. This egg salad recipe sounds so awesome. My husband really loves egg salad so I bet he’d love this one.

  2. I’ve never tried apple cider vinegar in my egg salad. You have peaked my curiosity. I will have to try this recipe!

  3. I adore egg salad. I love the simple herbs and flavors in this recipe. I am also loving the garnishes alongside the salad! I love pickles and olives.

  4. Such a colorful plate! I love egg salad but have never had it with Dijon mustard will be trying this week!

  5. This egg salad must be so delicious! And it must be light, too. Fantastic recipe that can be used together with so many different dishes!

  6. I love all the additional flavors you add to your egg salad, the dill and red onion sound delish!!! I also love the idea of serving as part of a salad bowl, I am so used to just having mine on bread so I will try this instead!

  7. This egg salad looks so flavorful. It would be perfect for me to make for my family this weekend for lunch. Looking forward to trying the recipe.

  8. This looks so delicious!!! I love egg salad and can’t wait to try your recipe!!! I love that you use fresh herbs!

  9. I love a good egg salad sandwich. I can’t even remember the last time I had one. I have never made it with apple cider vinegar before though.

  10. I love egg salad, in fact everyone in my house does. This looks lovely, and I really appreciate that you showed so many other things you can pair the actual salad mix with. I would totally be into dipping a nice pickle into this!

  11. This is possibly the prettiest egg salad I have seen! They can sometimes be bland, but this looks delicious!

  12. I just made this for my lunch today and couldn’t resist a taste. It is so much better than my old recipe. I can’t wait to have it with avocado!

  13. I love Egg salad! I have never thought about putting dill in it, but that sounds absolutely delicious. I am definitely going to do this it’s a great lunch idea.

  14. This looks really good, I used to be able to have eggs but not anymore since I have a very bad sensitivity now. But my family would love this.

  15. It has been a very long time since Ive made egg salad. I recently started making eggs in my instant pot and this recipe is perfect. Looks great! Thanks for sharing.

  16. I love me a good egg salad with dijon mustard. matter of fact I feel like i want to make this recipe this weekend! sounds delish :-)

  17. I just tried this recipe and it was delicious!
    I grew up with the basic egg salad with pickles in it and this one is like a grown up version .. very good!????

  18. This looks so delicious! There is nothing better than a good egg salad! I love the addition of the apple cider vinegar!
    -Madi xo

  19. Egg salad is one of my favorites! I love the simple herbs and flavors in this recipe. I am also loving the garnishes alongside the salad! I love pickles and olives.

  20. This recipe looks so delicious! I’m going to pin it for later. I know that my mother would absolutely love this!