Classic Egg Salad Recipe

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Sometimes, sticking to the basics is best, just like this Classic Egg Salad Recipe. Simple but filling!

a bowl of classic egg salad

Classic Egg Salad Recipe

A classic egg salad recipe should be in everyone’s repertoire. It can be a hearty and satisfying lunch for one, or a slightly dressed up side dish at a gathering. Egg salad does not require much in the way of cooking skills, so virtually anyone can make this.

a bowl of classic egg salad

Ingredients in Classic Egg Salad

  • Eggs. If you already keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge that will be a time saver in this recipe.
  • Mayonnaise. You can use store-bought or Homemade Mayo.
  • Celery. Fresh and crisp celery is best here. Don’t leave it out. It will provide a lot of texture in this salad recipe.
  • Celery salt and Celery Seed. Both spices are a classic for seasoning egg salad.
  • Pepper. Just a dash is needed. You might want a little salt too depending on your tastes.

A classic Egg salad recipe can also be easily added to (see suggestions below). Sure, the simple, basic recipe tastes terrific on its own. But there are also a TON of yummy add-ins you can throw in the recipe to boost the flavor and to make a simple egg salad recipe something special.

Dill Relish

The Best Egg Salad Add-Ins

  • Dijon mustard
  • dill pickle relish
  • fresh herbs — dill, parsley, and chives are all delicious
  • paprika
  • Sriracha sauce (for the more adventurous palates) or Tabasco
  • 1/2 mashed avocado
  • bacon bits
  • fresh lemon juice
  • green onion
  • red onion

Egg Salad is a favorite in our household for lunch. If I have any Pita Pockets, the kids absolutely love it when I stuff them with egg salad. It’s like their own less messy version of an egg salad sandwich. They can eat so many of them!

Step By Step Instructions for Making Classic Egg Salad

If you haven’t already boiled and peeled the hard-boiled eggs, you’ll need to do that first. I just make mine in boiling water on the stovetop in a saucepan, but you can also make them in your Instant Pot. Whatever works best for you!

Use an egg slicer to slice the peeled eggs lengthwise, then pick them up and slice them again in the opposite direction. If you don’t have an egg slicer just peel, chop, and dice the eggs into small pieces.

In a medium bowl, gently mix the eggs, the mayonnaise, and the celery.

Add the spices and stir until combined.

Serve on Basic White Bread or a bed of greens.

This recipe serves 2, but you can easily adjust it to make more or less.

If you are making this recipe to use up an excess of eggs from your chickens, you will also want to look at all of these other Ways to Use Up Eggs!

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Classic Egg Salad Recipe

How to make a classic egg salad that is simple and something everyone in the family will like!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Classic Egg Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 228 kcal
Creator Merissa


  • 4 eggs hard-boiled
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 celery rib finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Use an  Egg Slicer to slice the peeled eggs lengthwise, then pick it up and slice it again in the opposite direction.
  2. In a medium bowl, gently mix the eggs, the mayonnaise, and the celery.
  3. Add the spices and mix until combined.
  4. Serve on Basic White Bread or on a bed of greens.
Nutrition Facts
Classic Egg Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 333mg111%
Sodium 1379mg60%
Potassium 156mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 495IU10%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tips for Making Egg Salad

  • Use an  Egg Slicer to slice the peeled eggs.
  • Make your own Homemade Mayo to use in the recipe.
  • Serve on Basic White Bread .
  • Make egg salad to serve over a bed of lettuce instead of bread if you want to skip the carbs.
  • Put egg salad and some greens in a tortilla to make a wrap.
  • Serve the egg salad in a cut open croissant for a really fancy sandwich.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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 What do you like to add into your simple egg salad recipe to make it unique for your family? What do you normally serve with your egg salad?

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Merissa Alink

Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple and frugal life on Little House Living since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to freedom on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.

This Simple Egg Salad Recipe was originally posted on Little House Living in August 2013. It has been updated as of March 2024.

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  1. When I make egg salad I peel the eggs then run them through my Salad Shooter with the shredding piece on it. Shreds them right up!