Classic Egg Salad

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Egg Salad

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant and fresh.

Egg Salad

I think the simplest dishes are often the hardest to get right, and egg salad is a perfect example. Most egg salads are boring, bland, mayo-laden affairs. But when made properly, egg salad can be so delicious! For starters, it’s important to begin with properly cooked hard-boiled eggs; the whites should be tender and the yolks creamy. And then you have to really amp up the seasoning.

Mayonnaise is a must for creaminess (and be sure to use a good one) but you also need a squeeze of lemon, a spoonful of Dijon mustard, and a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce to brighten the flavor. Celery and fresh parsley add crunch and color. And, finally, scallions add a lovely, subtle onion flavor. The result is an egg salad that’s creamy and rich, yet also vibrant and fresh.

How To Make Classic Egg Salad

ingredients for egg salad

Begin by hard boiling the eggs. Place the eggs in a saucepan in a single layer, and fill the pan with enough cold water so that it covers the eggs by about an inch. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, then remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let stand for 10 minutes.

eggs simmering in boiling water

Carefully pour out the hot water; place the pan in the sink and run cold water over the eggs until the pan is lukewarm, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and refill with cold water; let stand until the eggs are room temperature, about 10 minutes.

cooling eggs under the tap

Gently crack the eggs all over and peel under running water. Then dry the eggs and chop into 1/4-inch pieces.

peeling eggs under running tap water

Meanwhile, finely chop the herbs, celery, and scallions.

chopped parsley, celery and scallions on cutting board

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar.

whisked dressing in mixing bowl

Add the chopped eggs, celery, scallions, and parsley.

dressing, eggs, and add-ins in mixing bowl

Using a rubber spatula, fold to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary, then serve or refrigerate until ready to use.

egg salad mixed and ready to serve

If you refrigerate the egg salad, be sure to taste it again before serving and adjust the seasoning; I find the flavors mellow out a bit after some time in the fridge.

Egg Salad

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Classic Egg Salad

Most egg salads are bland, mayo-laden affairs, but this one is vibrant and fresh.

Servings: Makes 2-1/2 cups, or enough for 4 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's or Duke's
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery, from 1 stalk
  • 3 tablespoons finely sliced scallions, from 2 to 3 scallions
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

Instructions

  1. Place the eggs in a saucepan in a single layer, and fill the pan with enough cold water so that it covers the eggs by about an inch. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, then remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Carefully pour out the hot water; place the pan in the sink and run cold water over the eggs until the pan is lukewarm, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and refill with cold water; let stand until the eggs are room temperature, about 10 minutes. Gently crack the eggs all over and peel under running water. Dry the eggs, then chop into 1/4-inch pieces.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar. Add the chopped eggs, celery, scallions, and parsley. Using a rubber spatula, fold to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve or refrigerate until ready to use. (If you refrigerate the egg salad, be sure to taste it again before serving and adjust the seasoning; I find the flavors mellow out a bit after some time in the fridge.)
  4. Make Ahead: The eggs can be cooked, peeled, and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator 3 days ahead. If you keep the eggs in their shell, they can last for up to a week. The egg salad will keep well in a covered container in the fridge for about 3 days.
  5. Tip: When peeling an egg, start at the wider end -- there's usually a small air pocket in there, which makes the egg shell easier to remove.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 214
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Saturated fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Sodium: 248 mg
  • Cholesterol: 285 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Quite simply, this is the best egg salad recipe ever. I didn’t change a thing and it comes out perfect every time, even when doubling the recipe. Thank you Jenn!

    • — Sandra Riley on September 5, 2021
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  • Somebody gave us a dozen small eggs from their chickens. Having no other immediate use for them I decided to try this recipe. I used seven of them. I also halved the mustard since my wife is not a big fan of that condiment. Having no scallions on hand I substituted chives from the garden. The result was good, but perhaps a bit blander than I expected.

    Today I used the other five but kept the other ingredients the same. I also chopped the eggs finer since I prefer that texture. Perfect!

    So, a very good recipe but depending on your taste you may want to increase the seasonings a bit.

    • — Jim on July 29, 2021
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  • Made this for the first time a few weeks ago. VG recipe. Thanks.

    • — David on July 25, 2021
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  • Best egg salad I ever ate! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    • — Eva Smith on July 6, 2021
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  • Is it at all possible to sub something else in for the Mayo? Never been a big Mayo fan… but really want to try this! Greek Yogurt, maybe? Or would eliminating it just completely defeat the purpose?

    • — Claire on June 17, 2021
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    • Hi Claire, I think it would work but because Greek yogurt is more tart than mayo, I’d suggest eliminating the lemon juice/white wine vinegar to reduce the tart flavor a bit. Please LMK how it turns out with yogurt!

      • — Jenn on June 18, 2021
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  • Made this for lunch today and loved it! Used lemon juice for the acid, white pepper, and fresh dill in place of parsley, also omitted the sugar. By far the best egg salad I’ve ever made. This site has become my go to for truly foolproof recipes, thanks Jen!

    • — Lynne on June 9, 2021
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  • This is my favorite of the various classic egg salad recipes I’ve tried so far (we eat a lot of egg salad here). I used lemon juice for the acid and omitted the celery because one of the household does not like raw celery in anything.

    • — Allison K. on March 4, 2021
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  • I hate when the egg shell sticks! Thanks for the tip on how to peel an egg!! I can’t wait to give it a try.

    • — Rebecca on January 29, 2021
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  • Great recipe! A fun change from my regular egg salad that I normally just free style. I personally prefer to lower the amount of salt and sugar. I also love adding dill (dried or fresh) to my egg salad and rubbing some garlic in my bread before adding the egg salad.

    • — Vanessa N. on January 29, 2021
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  • I make this egg salad at least once a week. It’s by far the best egg salad recipe I’ve ever come across. The addition of Worcestershire sauce is brilliant! Overall Jen’s blog has become my go-to spot for high quality recipes that always, always come out with great results. I look forward to her email blasts every week.

    • — Linda A. on January 28, 2021
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  • Very good recipe
    love Worcestershire in it

    • — Dora on January 28, 2021
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  • This recipe upped my egg salad sandwich game. I try to use what I have on hand so sometimes I’ve substituted red onion in place of scallions and finely shredded greens in place of the parsley. I make my egg salad the night before and usually have to add some extra mayo and salt before assembling the sandwich at lunch time.

    • — Carmen Carter on January 28, 2021
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  • I love this recipe. Best egg salad ever. I use a country dijon mustard with some mustard grains in it for some added flavor but other than that, it is pretty much perfection. Easy to keep in the refrigerator for easy lunches. Pair this with her crusty artisan bread and you will look like a culinary genius!

    • — Paige Huggins on January 28, 2021
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  • Love this recipe – really elevates the genre. Tasty and satisfying – easy to do!

    • — susan on January 28, 2021
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  • The flavor profile of this egg salad is exactly what you are craving if you find yourself wanting a classic egg salad sandwich. I really appreciate Jenn figuring out the seasonings for me – before I would more or less randomly flavor my egg salad and some days it would be great and other days blah. Now it’s perfect every time!

    • — Steffanie on January 28, 2021
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  • I thought this was delicious. Just enough dressing and great flavor. I also love chopping the eggs instead of mashing them.

    I have one question. When you give a salt measurement is that for table salt, or kosher salt. I use kosher salt and though this needed another pinch or two after chilling.

    Thank you. This will be my new go to egg salad.

    • — Steve on December 17, 2020
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    • Hi Steve, So glad you like the egg salad! When a recipe of mine says salt in the ingredient list, I am referring to regular/table salt. If it calls for something else like kosher salt, I will specify that in the recipe. Hope that clarifies. 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 17, 2020
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  • Dear Jenn,
    I am so confused! Help! I’ve followed your blog for over a year now and used dozens of recipes in every area of food from your site! I love it! However, whilst having my eye for quite some time on your Classic Egg Salad, I finally made it yesterday. I made it exactly measured , except doubled as I needed 12 eggs worth not 6 for our large family. I was precise in each measurement and only didn’t add the shallots….but —- it was like soup!! I was so disappointed. What did I do wrong please? Perhaps this is one of those recipes that don’t do well doubling? I can’t figure what happened, but 8 Tblsp of mayo for 12 eggs + 3 tsps of Lemon Juice and the mustard made soup! Help please when you can! It was my first try at egg salad, and for something so simple I feel puzzled. Thank you!!

    • — Mrs M on September 16, 2020
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    • I’m sorry you had a problem with doubling the egg salad. This recipe should translate okay into being doubled so I’m not sure what may have gone wrong. Is there any chance you made a measuring error?

      • — Jenn on September 17, 2020
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      • No, I measured exactly….I was very careful. The only other thing I wondered was if I didn’t chop the egg fine enough. Could it having been too chunky have made it liquidy?

        • — Mrs M on September 17, 2020
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        • Hi Stephanie, That wouldn’t have occurred to me, but if the eggs were in pretty big chunks, that may have made a difference in terms of how much liquid got absorbed. Also, what kind of mayo did you use? (I like Hellman’s or Duke’s best.)

          • — Jenn on September 21, 2020
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    • Dear Mrs. M.
      I make this and love it. I noticed you said 3tbs lemon juice and it would actually be 3 tsp. (1.5 tsp is in the original recipe). Maybe this is your error. Good luck. Jen

      • — Jen on February 10, 2021
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  • Thanks for another great recipe, Jenn! The balance of flavor was perfect! The addition of the mustard and Worcestershire made all the difference. So much better than the bland salad I’m used to! I used vinegar, next time I’ll try the lemon juice to see the difference
    I’m not a celery fan and didn’t have any on hand, so didn’t miss it. Is there an alternative for celery that you would recommend for more crunch?
    Also, thanks for the tips for boiling and peeling the eggs. They were perfectly done, although I still have trouble getting some of them out of the shell!

    • — Kathy on August 24, 2020
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    • Glad you liked it! You could substitute the celery with diced jicama or water chestnuts to get that same crunch. 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 25, 2020
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  • Awesome. I’ve never been able to crack the code for egg salad until now. Just the right amount of spice and crunch and not too much mayo. The best way to make hard boiled eggs is in your Instant Pot or other like machine. I cook at high pressure for 5 minutes, let release naturally for another 5, then place into an ice bath for another bath. They peel easily without massacring the egg white.

    • — Cheryl Foster on August 12, 2020
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  • It was great! Like mom used to make!

    • — John M Falcone on July 14, 2020
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  • Wow! This was delicious. Grew up with just strictly mayonnaise and salt & pepper and eggs mashed with a fork. And, usually too much mayonnaise! This was light and so flavorful! I loved the way the egg were chopped not mashed.

    I’ve never made a recipe from Jennifer that I didn’t like!

    Mary

    • — Mary on June 18, 2020
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  • Just perfect! No matter how good you might think your egg salad is, this recipe takes it to a whole new level. Is there anything that doesn’t do that on this site?

    • — Tanya on June 14, 2020
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    • ❤️

      • — Jenn on June 15, 2020
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  • Is it rude to lick the bowl after you make something? Well, I came very close. This recipe was fantastic!!!!

    • — Anne Morris on May 21, 2020
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    • 🙂

      • — Jenn on May 21, 2020
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  • We used every last spec of this egg salad. Made my husband the last sandwich today. He just raved about it. I in turn heated up the next to last slice of the crustless broccoli quiche. That too was amazing. Froze the last slice for another day. Thanks so much for answering all our questions so promptly.

    • — Sunny Drohan on May 16, 2020
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  • Made this egg salad yesterday. One of the tastiest ones I’ve had. I usually just put in celery, Old Bay seasoning and a touch of dry mustard. Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. I only had one difficulty. I followed the recipe exactly, but the eggs really needed to be cooked a tad longer. I usually boil as instructed, but follow my grandmother’s instructions to shut off heat and let sit 20 min. And I leave it on same burner(electronic). Other than that this will be my go to recipe. Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes.
    Sunny D.☀️

    • — Sunny Drohan on May 14, 2020
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  • Made this because we needed to use up a lot of eggs. First time making egg salad and it was easy and delicious! My husband loved it.

    • — Mrudula Penta on May 13, 2020
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  • Thanks for the recipe! I was looking for one that wasn’t so heavy on the mayo, and this was perfect.

    • — Dana M on May 10, 2020
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  • The best egg salad I have ever tasted! Easy with basic ingredients but so well balanced and flavorful!

    • — Joy Kennedy on May 7, 2020
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  • Egg-cellent! Great flavors!

    • — Nancy K on April 26, 2020
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  • This was so easy and so delicious. Love the creamy, flavorful dressing! Perfect summer lunch.

    • — Cathe on April 24, 2020
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    • I forgot to add that I omitted the sugar and Worcestershire sauce–and it tasted great.

      • — Cathe on April 24, 2020
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  • My better half and I are preparing dueling egg salads with the left over hard boiled eggs from Easter – I am making this one and my wife her family recipe. Controlled at the bread level – leftover homemade challah. The only modification I made was to use shallot finely minced instead of green onions since we didn’t have those. We both liked this recipe very much. We will find out tomorrow at lunch which we like better, but this is excellent as is written.

    • — Socially Distant Chef on April 13, 2020
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  • This was just okay for me — I think it’s a great recipe and well-balanced and flavorful. I think I just personally didn’t care for some of these flavors in my egg salad. It’s either the mustard or the worchestire sauce, or both, that is making it a little off for me. It’s also a little wetter than I like. I love egg salad and I think I prefer it salty and mayo-laden haha. Will try again but substitute with red onions for the scallions, leave out the worchestire and mustard, and use more eggs so it’s less wet. Didn’t want to rate below 4 stars because it’s still a good recipe and I enjoyed it.

    • — Kathryn on April 12, 2020
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  • I don’t have any parsely (fresh or dried), is there another herb you might recommend or will it be okay without? Thanks.

    • — Dee on April 9, 2020
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    • Hi Dee, it’s fine to omit it – it will still be delicious!

      • — Jenn on April 10, 2020
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  • The egg salad is wonderfully classic and perfect. Thank you for your delicious recipes. It all started with your pumpkin bread which is to die for… Then I bought your cookbook. Made chocolate lover’s birthday cake that is definitely a 5 star + and now you beautiful egg salad- I have been looking for a recipe for years and now I found it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You give home cooks a whole new lovely confidence and you are truly appreciated.♥️ Thank you so kindly Pam

    • — Pamela Ches on April 9, 2020
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    • You’re so welcome, Pam! ❤️

      • — Jenn on April 10, 2020
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  • 5 stars! This is the best egg salad I have ever made. I used white wine vinegar. Won’t ever use another recipe. Thank you for sharing!!

    • — Sheryl Skory on April 4, 2020
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