How to Make Egg Salad

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Egg salad is a classic dish loved by many for its simplicity and deliciousness. It's perfect for sandwiches, wraps, or even as a topping for salads. Making egg salad at home is straightforward and allows for customization to suit your taste preferences. Here’s how to make a basic egg salad along with some variations to spice things up.

Basic Egg Salad Recipe:


  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (Dijon or yellow)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: chopped fresh herbs (like parsley or chives)


  1. Hard-Boiling Eggs: Start by hard-boiling the eggs. Place the eggs in a pot and cover them with cold water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. After boiling, place the eggs in cold water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, peel and chop the eggs.

  2. Making the Salad: In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined and creamy.

  3. Seasoning: Taste the egg salad and adjust the seasoning as needed. You can add more salt, pepper, or mustard according to your preference.

  4. Optional Add-ins: If you like, add some chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives for extra flavor and freshness.

  5. Chilling: For the best flavor, refrigerate the egg salad for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.


  1. Avocado Egg Salad:

    • Add 1 ripe avocado, mashed
    • Reduce mayonnaise by half
    • Mix in some chopped cilantro and lime juice for a fresh twist
  2. Spicy Egg Salad:

    • Add 1/2 teaspoon of hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper
    • Mix in some chopped jalapeños or red chili flakes for extra heat
  3. Curry Egg Salad:

    • Add 1 teaspoon of curry powder
    • Mix in some chopped celery and raisins for a sweet and crunchy texture
  4. Greek Egg Salad:

    • Add 1/4 cup chopped cucumber, 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes, and 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
    • Mix in some chopped fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon juice
  5. Smoked Salmon Egg Salad:

    • Add 1/4 cup chopped smoked salmon
    • Mix in some chopped capers and red onion for a salty and tangy flavor

Tips for Perfect Egg Salad:

  • Egg Quality: Use fresh eggs for the best flavor and texture. Older eggs are easier to peel after boiling.

  • Mayonnaise: Choose a high-quality mayonnaise for a creamy and rich egg salad. You can also use Greek yogurt or sour cream as a healthier alternative.

  • Mustard: Mustard adds tanginess and depth to the egg salad. Feel free to experiment with different types of mustard like Dijon, whole grain, or spicy brown mustard.

  • Seasoning: Don’t underestimate the power of seasoning. Salt and pepper enhance the flavors and make the egg salad more delicious.

  • Chilling: Chilling the egg salad before serving allows the flavors to develop and meld together. It also helps in achieving the right consistency.

Egg salad is a versatile and satisfying dish that can be enjoyed in many ways. Whether you stick to the classic recipe or try out some of the variations mentioned above, you’re sure to end up with a delicious meal or snack. With a few simple ingredients and a little creativity, you can make egg salad a staple in your culinary repertoire. Enjoy!