Best Classic Egg Salad Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

This Classic Egg Salad Recipe includes a blend of spices that really puts it over the top! Make some for a quick lunch or dinner option.

Deliciously savory with a hint of tang – this is hands down the best egg salad recipe I’ve ever come up with!

Enjoy it on your favorite sandwich bread or add a scoop to some fresh greens or sliced tomatoes.

Looking for more easy lunch options? You’ll love this grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with extra fillings or a copycat Firehouse Hook and Ladder Sub.

Or, make a big bowl of my tuna pasta salad to munch on throughout the week!

titled collage for best egg salad recipe

Classic Egg Salad Recipe

Tips for the best egg salad you’ve ever eaten:

  • Salt the water.
    Just ½ teaspoon of salt will help prevent cracking and make it easier to remove the shells later.


  • Tip for easy chopping:
    Instead of dragging out the cutting board, use a pastry cutter! Simply press and twist into the bowl full of eggs until you get small, even pieces.


  • Don’t have pickle juice?
    An equal amount of white or apple cider vinegar makes a great substitute.


  • Swap the ground pepper.
    I like how white pepper blends seamlessly into the mixture, plus it has a milder flavor. However, freshly ground black pepper will work just as well.
classic egg salad recipe ingredients on counter

How to make hard boiled eggs

Below are instructions for the stovetop method, but you can also use an air fryer to hard boil eggs for this easy egg salad instead.

  1. Place eggs in a large saucepan and add water until it reaches 1 to 2 inches over the tops.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil, then turn off the heat and cover with a lid.
  3. Set a timer for 12 minutes. Once done, drain and rinse under cold water until fully cooled.
  4. Remove the shells and continue with the recipe.
chopped hard boiled eggs in bowl

Get Free Recipes Sent to Your Email

Do you ❤️ TSRI? Don’t miss another recipe!

Subscribe to The Slow Roasted Italian by email to receive new recipes in your inbox!!

classic egg salad in a bowl

Classic Egg Salad Recipe FAQ

What makes the best egg salad?

While the ingredients are quite simple, I find that the additional spices create an incredibly flavorful mixture that can’t be beat!

Can I use Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise?

That really depends on your flavor preferences, but I recommend using regular mayonnaise.

Miracle Whip and other similar dressings contain a blend of sugar and spices which will affect the overall flavor of this dish.

easy egg salad sandwich

What else can I add to egg salad?

Pickle relish or finely chopped celery and bell peppers are popular additions. Even a handful of green onions would taste great.

You could also replace the regular paprika with a smoked variety, and a dash or two of your favorite hot sauce will add a spicy kick!

How long will leftovers last in the refrigerator?

When stored in a sealed container, homemade egg salad should keep for up to 4 days.

Be sure to give the mixture a good stir before each use and stir in a little extra mayo or pickle juice if it looks dry.


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

Don’t miss a thing! Follow us on Facebook Twitter Pinterest | Instagram ❤ ❤ ❤  

classic egg salad on brioche roll

classic egg salad on brioche bun

Classic Egg Salad

Donna Elick
This classic egg salad recipe includes a blend of spices that really puts it over the top! Make some for a quick lunch or dinner option.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 4


  • 9 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pickle juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Add the hard boiled eggs to a boil and use a pastry cutter to chop them up into small pieces.
  • Fold in the rest of the ingredients until fully combined and creamy.
  • Refrigerate for up to 4 days or serve immediately on choice of bread.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 368cal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 431mg | Sodium: 654mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
titled collage for old fashioned egg salad recipe

Originally published June 2021

Disclosure: Posts may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link your price will remain the same and The Slow Roasted Italian will automatically receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting us, it helps us keep creating new recipes.

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating