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This classic egg salad recipe is perfect for sandwiches. It’s also great on crackers or chips. Make it for lunch, bring it on picnics, or enjoy it as a snack.

Egg salad sandwich with white bread, chunky yellow egg salad, and lettuce cut in half and stacked.

Whether you are looking for a way to use up extra hard boiled eggs or you are just hungry and need something delicious, this egg salad recipe is for you. It is simple but really makes the best sandwiches.

There are a million ways you can tweak the recipe to make it your own, but we love it just the way it is. It is nostalgic and perfect in its simplicity.

Hard Boiled Eggs

I know hard-boiled eggs have a reputation, and not always the best one. But we love them at our house.

We almost always have some in the refrigerator. Sometimes, they just get snacked on, and other times, they get made into recipes.

We love deviled egg dip. Or sometimes we make deviled egg pasta salad or egg filled potato salad.

But the dish we eat the most is egg salad. It never lasts longer than a day or two at our house.

Ingredients including hard boiled eggs, pickle relish, yellow mustard, and mayonnaise, ready to be made into egg salad.

If you can, make the hard boiled eggs a day in advance so they have a chance to chill before making the salad.

Of course, you will need to perfect making hard boiled eggs to make any of these recipes. Here are our favorite ways to make them:

Making Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

If you want to use your instant pot to make the hard boiled eggs, it is really easy!

You can use the 5-5-5 method.

What is the 5-5-5 method? 

Put the eggs on a rack in the instant pot with a cup of water on the bottom of the insert.

Cook the eggs for 5 minutes on high pressure. 

Glass mixing bowl with egg salad dressing mixture made from miracle whip, mustard, and pickle relish.

Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes.

Add ice water and let them cool for 5 minutes. 

Voila! Great hard boiled eggs! 

Making Hard Boiled Eggs in a Pot on the Stove

Place eggs in a saucepan and cover them with cold water so that the water level is at least an inch over the top of the eggs.

Put the pan on the stove and turn heat to high. Bring to a rolling boil.

Adding chopped hard boiled eggs to the bowl of dressing mixture.

Cover the pan and turn off the heat. Let sit for about 12 minutes.

Drain the hot water, then run under cold water or place the eggs in ice water to shock them.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does egg salad last?

You can store egg salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Can you freeze egg salad?

Freezing egg salad is not recommended as it can change the texture. Opt for making a half batch instead if you don’t think you can eat it all in 4 days.

Bowl of freshly made egg salad, ready to be made into sandwiches.

What do you serve with egg salad sandwiches?

Potato chips are a classic side to go with egg salad. You could also make coleslaw or a green salad.

Egg Salad Variations

Here are a couple of ideas to change up your egg salad:

Onion: Some folks like adding onion to their egg salad. Of course, Little Dude is not one of those people! Feel free to add diced red onion or even some green onion to add fresh onion flavor.

Herbs: You can also stir in some fresh herbs if you would like. A little dill is delicious. Just start with a pinch and taste as you go.

Hand holding half of an egg salad sandwich with soft bread, chunky egg salad, and lettuce.

Mustard: We tend to use yellow mustard, but Dijon is also delicious.

Extra flavor boosts: try mixing in a dash of hot sauce or some finely chopped bacon. Or add some diced ham and make deviled ham and egg salad sandwiches instead.

Serving Suggestions:

Of course, a sandwich is the classic way to go. Some white bread and a generous helping of egg salad with or without some lettuce is delicious.

We also love it as an open faced sandwich on toast. Or spread a little egg salad over crackers.

One of our favorite ways to eat egg salad is to dig in with sturdy potato chips like Pringles or Wavy Lays. It is also great with Cheez-Its.

For a healthier option, serve a scoop over a bed of lettuce and enjoy.

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Egg salad sandwich with white bread, chunky yellow egg salad, and lettuce cut in half and stacked.

Egg Salad

This classic egg salad recipe is perfect for sandwiches. It's also great on crackers or chips. Make it for lunch, bring it on picnics, or enjoy it as a snack.
5 from 6 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 167 kcal


  • ½ cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise
  • 2-3 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 eggs hard boiled


  • Stir together everything but the eggs.
    ½ cup Miracle Whip, 2-3 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish, 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Dice the eggs, stir into dressing.
    8 eggs
  • Serve right away or chill until ready to serve.


This recipe is good with either whipped salad dressing style sandwich spreads or mayonnaise. You can even try Greek yogurt for a lighter option.
A dash of hot sauce is great in egg salad. It adds another layer of flavor.
Store egg salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Egg salad is great on a sandwich, but it is also great on crackers or chips.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 12gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 330mgSodium: 665mgPotassium: 152mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 595IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 2mg
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