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Classic Egg Salad



Here is a basic recipe for Simple Egg Salad. At a minimum, you only need to use four ingredients: hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice and sea salt (if you don’t know how to hard-boil eggs, see my Cooking Tutorial: How To Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs.) You can add a few greens such as chopped celery, scallions/spring onions or herbs but it is not absolutely necessary.


When it comes to egg salads, the two main issues are ‘how to chop the eggs’ and ‘whether or not to use mayonnaise’. I also recently discovered a little tip about the best sequence in which to combine the ingredients in an egg salad which I will share with you at the end of this post.


How To Chop Your Eggs


People have different ways of chopping their eggs when they make egg salads.

  • Mashing with a fork – I am an advocate of mashing your eggs with a fork because it gives you the most control to get the texture you want. For me, the ideal texture is when the egg pieces are small and uneven.
  • Egg slicer – Some people use an egg slicer to slice their eggs in one direction and then rotate the eggs and slice through them again to get evenly diced pieces. I have tried this method and I really didn’t like the angular uniform texture it created. But if you use this method and you like, then go for it!
  • Food processor – Some people use their food processor to make a very smooth whipped spread, but for me this method leaves no texture to the eggs. I prefer something chunkier. Plus, do you really want to have to wash your food processor just for a simple egg salad?


To Add or Not To Add Mayonnaise


Mayonnaise is another biggy. Some people add loads while others avoid it entirely. I am not a huge fan of mayonnaise. I have tried finding an alternative to put into my egg salads by using yogurt or creme fraiche, but somehow I haven’t quite got the taste right yet. In this recipe for Simple Egg Salad, I use 3 Tbsp of mayonnaise and then thin it out with 1 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice, which makes the dressing less cloying and much fresher.


A Little Tip About the Sequence of Adding the Ingredients


As for the the sequence in which to add ingredients while making an egg salad, here is a little tip I recently discovered. In the past, I would always mash my eggs directly into the dressing which tended to make the egg salad a little mushy. But then I realised that there is a better way, so here is what I do now. I get two medium-sized bowls. In the first bowl I prepare my dressing mixture and in the second bowl I mash my eggs. Once the eggs are mashed to my desired consistency, I tip them into the dressing and fold them together. That way I am simply coating the eggs in dressing. Once the dressing and eggs are mixed, I fold in my chopped vegetables and herbs.



Share your thoughts: I am going to be experimenting with Egg Salad recipes. What do you add to your Simple Egg Salad which I have left out?


Classic Egg Salad






6 hardboiled eggs

3 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp coarse sea salt

1 celery stalk (optional)

2 scallions/spring onions or 2 Tbsp of chopped chives (optional)

2 Tbsp freshly chopped dill or parsley (optional)



  1. Hard-boil 6 eggs. For directions on how to cook hard-boiled eggs, see my Cooking Tutorial: How To Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine 3 Tbsp mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1 tsp coarse sea salt. Set aside.
  3. Wash and chop 1 celery stalk, 2 scallions/spring onions (or chives), and some dill or parsley. Set aside.
  4. Peel your hard-boiled eggs.
  5. In another medium-sized bowl, mash your peeled hard-boiled eggs with a fork to your desired texture.
  6. Add your mashed hard-boiled eggs to your mayonnaise mixture and fold together.
  7. Fold in the chopped celery, scallions/spring onions/chives, and dill/parsley (optional).
  8. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  9. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh black pepper on bread, toast or lettuce leaves.


Share your thoughts: I am going to be experimenting with Egg Salad recipes. What do you add to your Simple Egg Salad which I have left out?


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  8 Responses to “Recipe: Simple Egg Salad”

  1. Egg mayo should be celebrated – such a delicious simple dish. I must try adding lemon juice.

    • Thanks Sally, I agree egg mayo is delicious in its simplicity. I did toy with adding a little mustard but I decided to save that for another recipe and leave this one as it is :-)

  2. Also a chunky egg fan! you’re right, the uniformity is too..I dont know.. industrial? Doesn’t feel like you’re eating real food. Also I always swap 1/3 of the mayo in any recipe with full cream yogurt. It tastes so good! Along with some roasted/stir fried corn. Complements it well.

    • Yay, another chunky egg salad fan! That’s a great suggestion about swapping 1/3 of the mayo with full fat yogurt. I have tried replacing all of the mayo with yogurt but it wasn’t quite right so I am looking forward to trying out your 1/3 swap :-) The addition of some roasted corn sounds delicious as well!

  3. I love egg salad. I like to add mustard for an extra zing!

  4. I love how you make the simplest, healthiest food so delicious! The residents of your house are very lucky to have you :-)

    • Thanks Lavina, very sweet of you to say. Trust me, my household also has to taste test recipes which don’t always work out so well 😉

      I do find that simpler recipes are the ones which tend to become household staples as they are easy and convenient to put together.