The Best Egg Salad Recipe is an easy favorite! Nothing is more picnic perfect than hard boiled eggs mixed with mayo and a pinch of mustard and of course crunchy with celery and green onions!

Whether you make an egg salad sandwich or a healthy egg salad using lettuce or low carb wraps, nothing says ‘all American’ like and egg salad!

Egg salad sandwich on wheat bread on a white plate

How Long to Boil Eggs for Egg Salad

I use this method for perfect hard boiled eggs every time. They come out with tender cooked whites and creamy yellow middles (without a grey ring).

I bring them to a boil and then remove from the heat and let sit covered for 15-17 minutes (large eggs). Run under cold water and peel one to make sure it’s perfect.

How to Make Egg Salad

Are Your Eggs Fresh? The best egg salad recipe begins with great ingredients. Fresh eggs will cook better and look brighter. A fresh egg will lay on its side on the bottom of a bowlful of water, if they are a little older, they’ll still sink, but stay on one end. Don’t eat eggs if they float on the surface of the water, this means they’ve expired.

Be sure to finely dice the onion and celery so the pieces are smaller than the egg pieces!

Overhead shot of Egg Salad ingredients

To Make Egg Salad Sandwiches

Mash the yolks with mayonnaise until completely smooth and then fold in the whites. This makes for the best egg salad, it comes out so creamy!

I use an egg slicer to chop the whites placing the white in the slicer, cut and then turn the egg and placing it through again. Make the chopping really quick! I use my egg slicer for other things too like strawberries, kiwi and it’s especially great for cutting mushrooms to make chicken marsala.

Overhead shot of egg salad ingredients before being mixed together

The Perfect Lunch

  1. Boil, cool and peel the eggs. Cut in half, remove the yolks and chop whites.
  2. Mash the egg yolks with the mayonnaise, mustard and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the chopped egg whites and the green onion, celery, the chopped fresh dill. Blend carefully and serve cold on bread, a salad, or a wrap!
  4. For a fresh take, try making an avocado egg salad with mashed avocado! Super healthy take on an American classic!

Spoon in a bowl of egg salad

How Long Does Egg Salad Last?

You mean if there’s any leftovers? It’s pretty easy to tell when egg salad is ready to be tossed. It will get watery and lose its bright color! But chances are, this egg salad recipe won’t last too long in your house!

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Best Egg Salad Recipe

Nothing is more picnic perfect than a creamy egg salad recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 8 eggs hard boiled and cooled
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced
  • 1 rib celery finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill chopped


  • Cut eggs in half. Remove yolks and chop whites.
  • Mash yolks with mayonnaise, mustard and salt & pepper to taste until smooth and creamy.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
  • Serve on bread or over lettuce.


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Nutrition Information

Calories: 320 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 339mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 147mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American

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  1. I made this today and it was delicious. I did not have dill, and really wanted to add green olives like my mom used to do. This was awesomely delicious. Will definitely be making again soon!
    Thank you

  2. I am not even a fan of egg salad & I’ve made this two days in a row! Perfect on hot days when everything seems so heavy. I made it exactly as stated EXCEPT my yellow mustard contained dill so I didn’t add any extra. I’m doing Keto so this is satisfying as well as keto friendly! Love it!5 stars

  3. Excellent Egg Salad……made and put on brioche buns, and it was deeelicious. I’ve been making egg salad for many many years, and this was by far the best. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Gail5 stars

  4. Great recipe! Ii never thought of adding mustard to egg salad but it is a real game changer. I also add some finely diced dill pickle which has always been my fave with this. Another winner!5 stars

  5. I wanted to make this recipe but had no fresh green onion, no fresh celery and no yellow mustard, so I got creative. I swapped the green onion to 2 tbsp of finely minced yellow onion, changed the celery to 1/2 tsp of celery seed and the yellow mustard to dijon and lastly added 1 tsp of ACV. It turned out great! Thanks for inspiring me!!5 stars

    1. I too was missing fresh ingredients, and made many of the same substitutions and new ingredients: ¾ tsp celery seed instead of fresh celery, skipped the onion altogether (it gives me indigestion), added 1 ½ tsp white vinegar, and ½ tsp paprika along with salt and pepper to taste. Tasted great (probably very similar to yours)!

      1. Oh! And I forgot to mention–when making an egg salad sandwich, I add sweet pickle chips to the sandwich for crunch and zingy flavor–yum!