Here is a classic, no fuss recipe for Egg Salad, a lunch option that I always forget about. No more! This is the perfect recipe to use up all those boiled Easter eggs.

Classic Egg Salad Sandwich from The Food Charlatan

I went to a surprise party for my cousin last week, a party thrown for her by her 11 year old daughter. Say whaaat? I’m pretty sure I was still picking food out of my braces and learning about deodorant when I was 11. Organizing a thoughtful surprise for my mom was not on my radar. I was too busy dying my hair red so that I could look just like Anne of Green Gables. (It turned orange. Now you know why I have hair-dying phobia. The struggle is real.)

Classic Egg Salad Sandwich from The Food Charlatan

I was talking to another cousin of mine at the party (hi Aaron!) who was telling me how excited he is about my Facebook page. “You’re almost to 10,000 followers!!” He told me that he’s going to unlike my page, wait until the moment I reach 9,999, and then be THE TEN-THOUSANDTH LIKE. I imagine him in his basement, sporting a 5 o’clock shadow and eating cheetos in front of the screen and refreshing over and over again to see if I’m at 9,999. Thanks for being my creepiest fan Aaron!

Classic Egg Salad Sandwich from The Food Charlatan

Are you guys hanging out with me on Facebook? Do you see the updates that I post? I’m not nearly as excited about 10,000 likes because I know how many people I’m actually reaching–it’s much lower than that. But still, Facebook is fun and I get to share lots of other blogger’s recipes along with my own. It’s a party! Rock on.

Classic Egg Salad Sandwich from The Food Charlatan

Can you believe Easter is less than a month away?? Just a few more weekends and it will be here, in all it’s Reese’s Egg glory. (let’s be real.) You should make this Spicy Slow Cooker Ham and these Gruyere Crisped Potatoes Au Gratin to impress your family. Throw in a Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello and you’ve got yourself a perfectly balanced meal! :)

But what to do with all the leftover hard-boiled eggs from the hunt?? I’ve got yo back. I made this really basic egg salad over the Christmas holidays for my family and it totally hit the spot. I always forget about egg salad when it’s not Easter, but it’s so good and cheap that I should totally make it more often. The perfect quick lunch. This recipe doesn’t have any surprises in it, and that’s the way I like it. No crunchies. Feel free to change it up however you like! It’s hard to go wrong.

Classic Egg Salad Sandwich from The Food Charlatan

Classic Egg Salad Sandwich from The Food Charlatan

Let’s talk about cooking eggs for a minute. I know, I know, boiling is what you are supposed to do. But I cannot for the life of me get it right. I was introduced to steaming eggs a while ago and I’m NEVER going back. Perfectly tender and bright yellow yolks, every time. And SO easy to peel. Try it out!


Classic Egg Salad

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Servings: 3 Servings
Here is a classic, no fuss recipe for Egg Salad, a lunch option that I always forget about. No more! This is the perfect recipe to use up all those boiled Easter eggs.


  • 8 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar, *
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoon chives, minced
  • pepper , to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill, optional


  • Begin by steaming your eggs. (Regular boiling works too!) Add about 1 or 2 inches of water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add eggs to a steamer basket. When the water is boiling, place the basket over the water and cover tightly. Set a timer for 12 minutes. Leave the burner on the whole time so the water continues to boil.
  • Immediately plunge the eggs into very cold water. You're supposed to use ice, but I never do. I put the steamer basket in my plugged up sink and turn the faucet on cold. Remove the eggs from the basket (keep them in the water) as soon as you can, to get the hot metal out of the water.
  • Let the eggs cool. You can peel them whenever they are cool enough to handle.
  • Peel and slice the eggs. Or just add them to a medium bowl and smash them with a fork or pastry blender.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, adjusting to taste.
  • You may prefer to chill the egg salad before eating.


*Instead of vinegar, sometimes I use 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice. When I do this, I add 1 teaspoon of lemon zest as well. It gives the egg salad a really bright flavor!
You can of course boil the eggs instead of steaming them. I have never had consistent results with boiling so I prefer to steam. Try it out! No green yolks.


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 448mg | Sodium: 652mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 755IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 366
Keyword: egg salad, eggs, Salad
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More ideas for all those Easter eggs!

Deviled Guacamole Eggs:

Deviled Guacamole Eggs

Sriracha Deviled Eggs:

Sriracha Deviled Eggs from The Food Charlatan

Baked Veggie Egg Cups:

Baked Veggie Egg Cups

Feed your egg salad craving:

Egg Salad with Tuna and Sweet Pickles from Reluctant Entertainer
Avocado Egg Salad Recipe from Inspired Taste
Bacon and Cheddar Egg Salad from In My Red Kitchen

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  1. I love that you reminded us that it doesn’t have to just an easter dish. I also add about 1/2 tsp of curry powder to mine instead of any hot sauce. A nice alternative to hot sauce. No one ever knows that I put curry powder in the mix.

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