How to Make Easy Egg Salad - Recipe Ideas for Hard Boiled Eggs

Egg salad and tomatoes on lettuce
Egg salad and tomatoes on lettuce | Source

What is egg salad?

Egg salad is a basic egg dish of chopped boiled eggs, mayonnaise, perhaps some mustard, relish or chopped pickles, mixed together and eaten by itself or, most commonly, on bread for an egg salad sandwich.

Egg salad can turn into ham salad, tuna salad, chicken or turkey salad by adding chopped amounts of those meats. With the basic egg salad, you can also turn it into a potato salad by simply adding boiled, chopped potatoes.

Eggs are cheap, healthy in many ways, and versatile to use in dishes or for a meal in themselves. Next time you're at a loss for a cheap, tasty meal, consider trying these different variations of egg salad.

Gather ingredients while eggs are boiling

Shown: Capers, green onions, black olives
Shown: Capers, green onions, black olives | Source

Try these basic Ingredients in your egg salad

  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 2 Tbsp.(approximately) sweet pickle relish, to taste, OR
  • dill pickle relish, to taste, OR
  • chopped sweet pickles, to taste, OR
  • chopped dill pickles, to taste, OR
  • chopped green olives, to taste
  • 1/4 cup or so onions, any kind, chopped, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 slices bread, your choice, OR
  • several lettuce leaves, romaine preferred
  • My favorite combination has always been the mayo, mustard, salt and pepper, and sweet pickle relish. But there are many more options..., depending on your taste.
Chopped boiled eggs
Chopped boiled eggs | Source
Mix ingredients in bowl.
Mix ingredients in bowl. | Source

Instructions

  1. Put 4 eggs in pan full of water. Bring to a boil. Boil for seven minutes. Turn off heat. Put pan under running cold water. Run over until eggs are cool enough to peel. Peel eggs and chop.
  2. To chopped eggs, add mayonnaise and mustard, salt and pepper. Stir all together. Sprinkle on more salt and pepper as needed.
  3. Add choice of dill or sweet relishes or pickles, or opt for the delicious green olives version.
  4. Add chopped onions, if desired. Mix up for your basic egg salad recipe. Add any other ingredients at this time to try other egg salad variations.
  5. Serve egg salad on a bed of lettuce for a tasty salad or on two pieces of your favorite bread.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 7 min
  • Ready in: 22 min
  • Yields: 2 to 3 sandwiches

Sprinkle with . . . Spices!

Try different spices to sprinkle on top of egg salad, whether you put your creation on top of lettuce or on bread. Try these options:

  • dill weed
  • paprika
  • garlic salt
  • celery salt
  • onion salt
  • chili powder
  • cilantro (I love cilantro, so I had to include this one!)

Experiment with more of your favorite spices!

Chopped or sliced tomatoes are always an excellent option to add to any type of egg salad or egg sandwich.


Basic Egg Salad with sweet relish

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 129
Calories from Fat99
% Daily Value *
Fat 11 g17%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 4 g
Carbohydrates 23 g8%
Sugar 1 g
Protein 9 g18%
Cholesterol 248 mg83%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Different Ways to Make Egg Salad: Veggie Egg Salad

Want to add more vegetables to your egg salad? Try this version. Just use the basic egg salad recipe. With this one, it is safe to make your base with dill or sweet relish, or dill or sweet pickles. If you like onions, choose green, red (purple), white, or yellow.

Add a few tablespoons of your favorite vegetables. Some good choices are the following.

  • celery
  • cucumbers
  • green, red, orange, or yellow bell peppers (orange or yellow add more sweetness)


Breakfast Egg Salad

For a breakfast version that you will probably put on bread, choose your choice of relish or pickles--or omit this time according to your taste. Choose your choice of chopped onions, which are great in the breakfast egg salad.

To your egg salad mixture, add at least four pieces of crumbled bacon and 1/4 cup (or more) of grated cheddar cheese. Depending on your taste, you might add a few drops of hot sauce on your sandwich.


Egg Salad Sandwich

Egg salad is always delicious on bread!
Egg salad is always delicious on bread! | Source

Your thoughts on these egg salad options?

4.3 stars from 7 ratings of Egg Salad Variations

Gourmet Egg Salad

This variation I like to call my gourmet egg salad, as it includes some unusual ingredients such as capers. This is actually the egg salad shown in the pictures in this article. The ingredients I included are as follows:

  • chopped green onions (2 or 3)
  • 2 Tbs. chopped black olives
  • 1-2 Tbs. capers
  • 2 Tbs. chopped red bell peppers

Red pimentos (about half a small jar) also make a great egg salad sandwich without any other ingredients. Add them with or without the above options for a tasty combination. You could also replace the black olives for green for a tangier flavor. Just using the basic egg salad recipe, substituting green olives for relish or pickles, makes a tasty, zingy egg salad sandwich.

As always, I put chopped tomatoes (halved grape tomatoes in this case) on top. Egg salad is a food that is easy to make and flexible with its ingredients. Have fun mixing and matching your favorites!

How to Peel an Egg: I cook a little less but do peel under cold water!

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Angela Brummer profile image

Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This really makes my egg salad look dull. It now will be better next time.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I love egg salad sandwiches! I have a dozen eggs hard boiled right now waiting to be made into salad. I bought so many eggs from the Amish! Lol. Now I'ma try one of your delicious recipes...maybe I'll have some toppings like dill weed - on the side so the kids can choose their own? Yum!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Whoops, thought this was an essay on congressional egg heads. I read it anyway. How many guys would read about egg salad? Hope you appreciate real friends! I don't know a damn thing about egg salad but, I trust you so I vote up and everything else!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Angela--I really enjoying playing around with egg salad. Makes it much more interesting! Good luck!


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SilkThimble 4 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Love all the ideas for variations! I have never thought of adding olives - now I have to give it a try.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I was excited when I saw this hub as we'd already planned to make egg salad on Monday. Since pickles are hard to find here, we'll try the gourmet version with capers and green olives...seasoned with onion powder and cilantro. My mouth is already watering! Thank you for sharing!


kelleyward 4 years ago

This looks great! I love all the variations you listed here. I like using Greek yogurt instead of mayo in my egg salad recipe. Voted up!! Take care, Kelley


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

RealKelly! I love egg salad sandwiches, too. Great idea to let your kids decide their toppings. Have fun. Hope you enjoy your lunch!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Wow, arb, what a testament about friendship that you read this hub! LOL. Always a pleasure!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

SilkThimble--It's awesome with green olives! Try it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

vespawoolf--Your choices will be a great combination--so tasty! Good luck!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, kelley, Greek yogurt is a good idea! I may have to try that one. Thanks for the input!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

God how I love egg salad....yummy pictures....yummy recipe. Good luck in the contest; I hope you win!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Bill. Glad you like egg salad. I did win $50 in the drawing, but I sure could use a larger prize. Fingers crossed!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

the words"easy" and "egg salad" brought me here. Thank you for this


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for letting me know what brought you here, Mhatter. Egg salad really isn't hard to make, and it is fun--at least for me--to experiment with it. Thanks for coming by! :-)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This sounds great! I haven't had egg salad in years! My mom used to make it when I was little. This has made me hungry. I may have to crumble some bacon in it and have to try a "breakfast" egg salad sandwich this morning! Good luck in the contest! :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yummy--bacon sounds good in it this morning! Enjoy! There are so many variations we can try. Thanks for the "good luck" in the contest!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Egg salad is one of my favorites! Even though it makes a messy sandwich, it's always worth it. Thanks for the great ingredient suggestions.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

random--It IS always a messy sandwich, isn't it??? But so good! I love playing with he different variations.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

We love egg salad around here. Enjoyed reading your hub and your different egg salads. Voted.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, moonlake. Glad you enjoyed it. I'm in the mood for egg salad right now!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

i love egg salads, with just tomatoes and onions or onion chives.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

unknown spy-That sounds like a great combination, too!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

I love eggs.... and i am bound to try this recipe...


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I love egg salad! Some great ideas here! Thank you!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Go for it, rahul! You'll love it!


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donabhatt 4 years ago from Hyderabad

Such a nice recipe....I love anything and everything with eggs.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you approve, Audrey! good to see you!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Me, too, donabhatt! thanks for reading!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is a great summer lunch! I will share this on fb, tweet, google+ and with followers.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Angela, for reading and sharing. I love egg salad, and it IS great in the summer!


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

Egg salad sandwiches are one of my favourite too. For a different taste I sometimes add grated cheese in with the mix.

Shared and voted 5 stars


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

viking--I love egg salad, too. Thanks for the comment, sharing, and stars!!!!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Yummy... I love your recipes. Now, I have another option for salad recipe. Thanks for writing and shared with us. Voted up:-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, prasetio. I love your compliments. Thanks!


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

Quite comprehensive. I usually skip pickles because I don't like them. I do use celery, green pepper, black olives, and anything else that seems to go well with them that I have on hand. Slivered almonds are also good.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

WannaB--Almonds sound good. Celery, too! Nice additions. Thanks!


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B. A. Williams 4 years ago from USA

The capers is a great idea, I am going to try making it since I love them in dishes.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

BA--I love capers, too. Thanks for stopping by!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Victoria, I love eggs and these salad recipes sound delicious!

Thank you for these great ideas, voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Movie M--I love eggs, too, and any kind of egg salad!! Thanks for stopping by!


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Camille Harris 3 years ago from SF Bay Area

Hi VL! Just tried your recipe last night. It is fantasticcc! Pretty similar to what I was planning to do, but it's really nice to have stumbled upon this to find out that I was on the right track. I added capers and cornichons.

Keep writing!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Camille--I'm glad you enjoyed it! I love adding capers. I haven't tried cornichons. Thanks for the feedback!


lovedoctor926 2 years ago

Wow! this egg salad recipe just sizzles my taste buds.will have to try. thanks.


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Alphadogg16 2 years ago from Texas

This recipe looks great Victoria Lynn, I will definitely have to try this. Thumbs up on your hub.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

lovedoctor--II hope you like it. I love, love egg salad!!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Alphadogg! I love egg salad. Hope you do, too!


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Kristen Howe 11 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great recipe, Victoria! I'm planning to try your recipe this Friday for lunch, even maybe with my blender. Yum!


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Victoria Lynn 10 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kristen, I've never used a blender for this. I just chop everything up! Hope you like! I LOVE egg salad.


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Kristen Howe 10 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Victoria, I've tried it last week-but my eggs were soft boiled and not hard. :-( Good idea. I'll try it later this month with better luck.


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Victoria Lynn 10 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kristen, I boil my eggs for 7 minutes once the water starts boiling, and they always come out hard boiled. I love to eat soft boiled eggs, but not in egg salad. :-)


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Kristen Howe 10 months ago from Northeast Ohio

LOL Needless to say, it was more like a spread than a salad. LOL Now I need how to make omelettes and such. That's interesting. I've done it 12 boil, 15 cover and 2 cold water. And it worked in the past. I tell you, eggs aren't my cooking friends.


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Victoria Lynn 10 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kristen--I imagine that it did become a spread. If your boiling method worked, that's good, but they really don't take that long. :-)


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Kristen Howe 10 months ago from Northeast Ohio

It did. True. I'm going to try it again next week probably. Now to conquer soft boiled eggs next month.


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Victoria Lynn 10 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Good luck! Soft boiled would probably only take 5 minutes or less of boiling. I'd just google it. I like soft boiled eggs, but I never make them. Seems like I'm always needing hard boiled to put in something. :-)


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Kristen Howe 10 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Thanks. I used to buy store-brought hard-boiled eggs at the grocery store for a shortcut. I've googled it and haven't perfected it yet. I'll keep you posted.


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Victoria Lynn 10 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I've never seen hard-boiled eggs sold! Interesting! I'm telling ya--Put the eggs in the pot. Cover with water and get it to boiling. Set timer for 7 minutes and turn off heat. You can run cold water over them right then if you want. Hold them under the water for easier peeling. I do 7 boiling minutes every time!


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Kristen Howe 10 months ago from Northeast Ohio

I have. It's come in a package at the grocery store. It's costs around $1.42. All you have to do is eat them. That was my shortcut 2 years ago. I'll try that this weekend, one more time.


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Victoria Lynn 10 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hard boiled eggs are easy to make. 7 minutes of boiling. I'm telling ya! :-)


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Kristen Howe 10 months ago from Northeast Ohio

I'll take you word for it, though I've done it 12 minutes for boiling, 15 for cover, 2 to cool. I'll try your way real soon.


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Victoria Lynn 9 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Try it, Kristen. It's much simpler. Much faster. :-)

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