Literally The BEST Egg Salad

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The Best Egg Salad is made with simple ingredients and is so creamy delicious! So easy to put together with the best flavor and it makes the perfect sandwich! You will make this recipe again and again!

I am loving all things light and tasty with simple ingredients. I have a few salad sandwiches that are great for group gatherings that are a must try. Try one of these Avocado Chicken Salad, Cashew Chicken Salad or Chicken Caesar salad Wraps.

Scooping up eggs in a large serving spoon.

Literally The Best Egg Salad Sandwich

When I think of Egg Salad sandwich I always think about bridal shower, baby showers, spring time and Easter. All the great events that are bright and loving that bring everyone together. I love the simplicity of this classic Egg Salad Sandwich with only a few ingredients. Boiled eggs, mayonnaise, a touch of a mustard and elegant toppings with dill and chives to add that extra touch of perfection. This literally is the BEST Egg Salad Sandwich that is easy to make, little to few ingredients and a delicious taste that is satisfying and can feed a crowd.

How do you make The Best Egg Salad Sandwich?

  • Add the eggs to a saucepan and fill with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let the eggs stand for 10-12 minutes. Take the eggs out of the water and let cool.
  • Peel and chop the eggs and add them to a medium sized bowl. Add mayonnaise, dill, chives, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well. Spread on bread or use with your favorite crackers.

Ingredients for egg salad in a clear glass bowl.

How do you boil eggs?

Place eggs in a large saucepan. Cover them with cool water by 1 inch. Cover with a lid and bring water to a boil over high heat; when the water has reached a boil, set the timer for the desired time. Boil for 6 – 7 minutes over medium-high heat for perfect hard-boiled eggs.

How Long Does Egg Salad Sandwich last?

Properly stored, egg salad will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. How long can egg salad be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; egg salad should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.

Mixing the egg salad in a clear bowl.

What other ideas for adding into the egg salad?

  • Add pickle juice, diced pickles or relish
  • Celery or carrots for texture
  • Add some protein such as diced cooked shrimp or small, square chunks of chicken or ham
  • Diced tomato or cherry tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Bacon
  • Olives

What can I substitute Mayonnaise with?

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Hummus
  • Pesto
  • Nut Butter

Want more lunch time meals? Here are some!

Egg salad sandwich.

The Best Egg Salad

4.86 from 35 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


The Best Egg Salad is made with simple ingredients and is so creamy delicious!  So easy to put together with the best flavor and is perfect on top of a sandwich!  You will make this recipe again and again! 

Course Salad


  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup dill minced
  • 2 tbsp chives minced
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  1. Add the eggs to a saucepan and fill with cold water.  Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat.  Cover and let the eggs stand for 10-12 minutes.  Take the eggs out of the water and let cool.  

  2. Peel and chop the eggs and add them to a medium sized bowl.  Add mayonnaise, dill, chives, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.  Mix well.  Spread on bread or use with your favorite crackers.  

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    M husband made this and it is a good salad,we really enjoyed it. Then made it again and added sweet relish and that was really good just a twist on a classic. 🙂 Thanks for a good recipe that we will use over and over again.

  2. 5 stars
    Why would anyone substitute mayonnaise with hummus? Or pesto? The recipe alone looks great, you shouldn’t offer obscure substitutes for mayo that will not work. I’ll give five stars for the recipe, but this substitute stuff is just nasty.

    1. Have you tried this recipe or any other for that matter with the suggested substitutes for mayo? Hmmm. In addition, none of those ingredients are obscure in any way.

    2. 5 stars
      This was absolutely delicious ! I have finally learned a deliciously way to make my egg salad ! Thank all there!

    3. It may not work for you but it may work for other people. Mayo is high in calories so for someone who is watching their calorie intake or would like some extra protein, it’s not that bad of an idea but for my preference, I wouldn’t try it either.

    4. 5 stars
      Who cares? There are a lot of people that can’t have/don’t like mayo, why not offer a substitute. I think it’s awesome that other options were offered, great job!

    5. Perhaps some suggestions were offered because many people have food allergies or may just not like mayo. I always appreciate seeing substitutes, especially in this time of Covid-19, when I don’t have all the ingredients readily available in my house. I am going to make it with mayo even tho mayo isn’t my favorite. Lol!

    6. I just made it with Trader Joe’s Greek yogurt/ spinach/kale dip, and it was FABULOUS! I don’t like mayo. Tomorrow I’ll try it with hummus. Great substitutes, thanks for including those suggestions.

    7. 5 stars
      Why would you just say it’s not good when you obviously haven’t even tried it, that’s just such ignorant thinking…

    8. 5 stars
      The substitutes are probably for people who can’t have mayo. While I was breastfeeding, I couldn’t have mayo, so hummus would be a great way to get to enjoy this. Mayo is obviously better, but something is better than nothing!!

    9. So I don’t like the idea of using pesto instead of mayo but your comment got me thinking. Trying this with a homemade pesto aeoli tonight and I don’t remember the last time I was this excited. Lol

  3. 5 stars
    It takes 5 minutes to cook and 5 minutes to rest and 5 minutes in an ice bath for my eggs in the Instapot. Peel perfectly and come out cooked just right.

    1. After several frustrating tries to find the best way to peel eggs. I think the following method has worked the best for me.

      After 3 or 4 minutes in the ice bath, I gently tap the top and bottom of the egg and then gently roll the egg.

      Starting with the larger portion of the egg (I’ll call it the bottom) I gently pick the shell from it using my fingernail. From then on, I use the tip of a pearing knife to gently lift and remove the rest of the shell.

      For once, I was happy with the results, very quick and NO frustration.

    1. Hi Elizabeth!
      My favorite option is to make a sandwich with it using your favorite type of bread or pita. I also really like to do a side dish of some fruit or an easy side salad. I know you’ll love it! Thanks so for following along with me!

  4. Egg Salad: instead of mustard use 2 tbsp of. DURKEES SAUCE and then tell me the best recipe! You might have to go online to buy it because after fifty years it is getting hard to find! My 21 year old granddaughter just bought a case off Amazon. Great in all salads!

    1. 5 stars
      This recipe is amazing! Our household is experiencing life under quarantine, trying to avoid the coronavirus. Everyone in our family has been craving comfort food and this definitely fits the bill. I think the dijon mustard is unexpected and definitely a wonderful addition. I would recommend this to anyone as it’s quick and easy to make and tastes great.

  5. 5 stars
    1st time making this recipe. Husband said it was best egg salad I ever made. will be using this from now on.

  6. 5 stars
    I just had a tooth pulled and needed something soft for dinner. We haven’t had egg salad in forever, so I went searching for a good basic recipe. Hubby and I both enjoyed this very much on sandwiches with seven grain bread, will make again!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this and it was so good! I didn’t have fresh herbs so next time it will be even tastier.
    Thank you!

  8. Was searching for an egg salad recipe and thought I’d try your’s. I followed the instructions exactly but found it to be on the salty side. I tried adding relish to cut the salt but my husband still tasted the salt. Do you always use fresh fill and chives? I used dried and perhaps this was my problem!

  9. If you wait for the water to boil before putting the eggs in, they will be easier to peel. I used to do the cold start thing, but the hot start method works so much better.

  10. 5 stars
    This is delish!!! I needed a recipe to use our Easter eggs and this egg salad was perfect. I used dill relish. I will definitely make it again!!

  11. Regarding the egg shelling process, I’ve found they come off much more easily if they’re cooled JUST BARELY enough to handle. There’s a thin film that adheres the shell to the egg white as the egg cools (and dries) in the shell. Also, crack the shell in a few spots, roll it gently between your palms, and begin peeling at the wide end. Thanks for the great recipe! And I’m looking up Durkees Sauce!

  12. 5 stars
    There are some odd reviews here for sure … lol But I wanted to be one that just said it was delish! I did add diced celery for crunch, and spring onions just because I didn’t have any chives (thank you, quarantine), and substituted half the mayo for yogurt – thanks for the sub ideas. Kept it otherwise the same, and totally yum! (I’ll add I cooked my eggs in the instant pot for the first time, and it worked like a dream.) Might mix it up with the pesto idea next!

  13. 5 stars
    This was wonderful. I think the chives and mustard are great additions to the classic recipe.

  14. Normally I use the classic…mayo,sweet relish, salt and pepper but this recipe was a awesome find and will be using from now own

  15. After removing eggs from the water.. put them in COLD water with ice cubes for 5~7 minutes. The shells will peel away almost by themselves.!

  16. 5 stars
    I added a touch of curry powder to this recipe for just a little more kick! Also, Duke’s mayo – once I found it I won’t use any other! Thank you for a great recipe!

  17. 5 stars
    I really enjoy the idea that you list substitutes and additions to your recipes. I added some shrimp to my egg salad . Why ? I needed to use them up and the added protein as you stated is another plus. This recipe is simple and to the point. Thank you.

  18. Ok. Being a single guy I assumed dill weed in the spice aisle would be the same as minced dill. Well I couldn’t be more wrong! 1/4 cup of dill weed spice was way too much! Egg salad is green! I figured maybe I’ll add more eggs to even it out some but 8 eggs was all I had. This comment is only meant to help anyone else who has no idea.

    1. 5 stars
      I’m SO glad I scrolled on down and read your comment, Tommy. You saved my egg salad! haha. While I’m not a single guy, I’m also not much of a chef. LOL I wanted to try this recipe but didn’t have fresh dill, but DO have the dried dill weed from the spice aisle. I read your comment, looked up the conversion and thankfully only used 4 tsp instead of 1/4 cup. This truly was the BEST egg salad!

  19. if you want a hint on how to cook hard-boiled eggs that peel easily, just add about a quarter of an inch of a slice of lemon to the water when you boil the eggs. The citrus in the lemon softens the shells and they’re a cinch to peel.

  20. 5 stars
    Yup, this is the best egg salad recipe. I added 3 more eggs because I thought the 8 eggs flavor was overwhelming. The 11 really made the taste difference.

  21. 5 stars
    Ok, just a suggestion on peeling an egg. Stay w/me, it’s weird but WORKS! Get a mason jar (and lid), put an inch of water in it, the hard boiled egg, put the lid on and SHAKE! Ya gotta have the water.

    I didn’t believe it would work but trust me…TRY it, it WORKS! (Saw that hack somewhere). It really helps when you’re doing lots and lots and LOTS of eggs for several large deviled egg platters. But now I cheat and buy Eggland’s Best hard boiled/PEELED eggs in a bag. Ha!

    I also like tweaking the egg salad by putting sweet relish in, or sometimes a squeeze of horse radish sauce. If you have HVR (Hidden Valley Ranch) powder, a shake of that is yummy, too.

    Speaking of…it’s time for me to go make some! (Came looking for the recipe again)

  22. 5 stars
    Made this egg salad and mixed with salad greens to substitute for toast. This is the best way to make an egg salad salad. I didn’t have any chives or dill, so I substituted with a tablespoon of minced garlic cloves.

  23. 5 stars
    Just made this and wow! It really is the BEST! Thank you so much for the recipe, it is bookmarked for life! 🙂 I used my Ninja Foodi to hard boil the eggs as well (first time using it for eggs) and the 5-5-5 method was almost as big a winner as the recipe. haha. They seriously almost peeled themselves! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  24. 4 stars
    This is a great improvement on the rather boring standard egg salad. However, I have one criticism. I’d go with about half the Dill. It seemed to be a bit much. I also threw in a dash of onion powder. I like a little more oniony taste and the Chives were not enough. I suppose I could have doubled the Chives but didn’t want it to overpower the egg, like the Dill did.

  25. 5 stars
    I gave it 5 stars because even though I didn’t like it, my teenage sons loved it. They ate like 3 or 4 sandwiches, it was weird. Lol I decided to try something new because I usually use my mom’s recipe which is Mayo along with salt, pepper, and some garlic powder. I’m glad I tried it to give the family variety. 🙂

  26. I agree with one of the other readers who suggested that Durkee’s Sauce would be a much better ingredient to use instead of mustard. People use mustard (a crutch) in almost every salad-type dish, & personally-I feel it’s waaay overused in order to ‘try’ and achieve flavor. IMO, it overpowers the main ingredient. I like to taste everything in a recipe, NOT only the mustard, even in a small quantity. I love mustard, but not IN or ON everything! If you know how to properly season a recipe, you won’t need to add a cheap condiment to make it flavorful.

  27. 5 stars
    This egg salad is perfect. I have to share a life changing hint I just learned last year!! I am 56 years old and have been hard-boiling eggs the same as all of you forever. A friend of mine told me this…
    Bring water to a rolling boil and gently place the raw eggs in the boiling water. Let the eggs gently boil for 13 mins and then immediately immerse in an ice water bath. These eggs peel so easily every time! It is truly like a miracle 🙂

  28. Way too much salt. Next time I will be adding only half a tsp salt. I am fixing this by adding 3 more eggs and a bit of sour cream until the sodium is called down. Other than all that, freakin delicious.
    *for those of you with the dill weed issue, I used 1 tsp of dry. I also chopped up dill pickles to add to the mixture.

  29. 5 stars
    Way too much salt. Next time I will be adding only 1/4 tsp salt. I am fixing this by adding 3 more eggs and a bit of sour cream until the sodium is calmed down. Other than all that, freakin delicious. *for those of you with the dill weed issue, I used 1 tsp of dry. I also chopped up dill pickles and bacon pieces to add to the mixture.

  30. 4 stars
    I’ve used this recipe for my egg salad so many times… it’s a winner every time!
    My comment is about boiling the eggs. I’m 58 years old, from the South and my advice is to stop worrying with all the water and mess and buy yourself an electric egg steamer/boiler… best thing I ever did for myself. It tells you when they’re done and it’s FAST and INEXPENSIVE.
    NOW… once they’re cooked put them in a bowl of cold water WITH ICE for at least 15 minutes (longer if you can)… don’t break the shells. Your eggs will come out perfectly… and the eggs are beautiful for deviled eggs as well
    As far as any egg salad recipe is concerned? I’ve always learned a little from every one that I have read… but it’s always gonna be “to each his own” <3

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