Old-Fashioned Egg Salad


This creamy old-fashioned egg salad recipe can be served on crunchy lettuce, toasted bread, or in a pita for a quick and easy lunch idea.  This is a great way to use up leftover hard-boiled eggs after Easter!

This creamy, classic egg salad recipe can be served on crunchy lettuce, your favorite bread, or in a pita for a quick and easy lunch.

I was trying to get myself in the Easter spirit last week by coming up with something to make that was Spring-ish and seasonal.  Eggs make me think of Easter more than any other food, so therefore this classic and old-fashioned egg salad was born.  My mom came over for lunch for her birthday last week and I made this for her.  This is one of her favorite foods and I was nervous to make it for the first time (yes, this was sadly my FIRST time making egg salad).  I have experimented with pasta salad, potato salad, and chicken salad, but never egg salad.  Well, this met her approval and she absolutely loved it.  Well, either that, or she lied to me to spare my feelings.

This creamy old-fashioned egg salad recipe can be served on crunchy lettuce, toasted bread, or in a pita for a quick and easy lunch idea.  This is a great way to use up leftover hard-boiled eggs after Easter!

Admittedly, I am not even the world’s biggest egg salad fan and never have been.  This stuff IS delicious and I’m completely sold on it now.  I kept it pretty simple and classic which totally took me back to earlier days and a simpler style of cooking when my mom used to make it often.  I think that sometimes certain foods can be left uncomplicated and are better off for it.  I mean, didn’t everyone’s mom or grandma make egg salad just like this? This is good just as is, but you can doll it up any way you like.  Some people feel that egg salad is just not egg salad without some celery so feel free to add that!  But in the end, this old-fashioned egg salad is perfectly good left as is.

This easy, creamy, classic egg salad recipe is great for using up hard-boiled eggs after Easter.

I like adding green onions to anything I can.  This is going to sound weird but they are one of my favorite ingredients to cook with!  They rank right up there with truffle salt…except these babies are much cheaper.  The green onions in this egg salad give it a little bit of a zip and the dijon mustard gives the slightest bit of a spicy kick.  I love the extra zest that both components bring to the table.  No pun intended.

You can serve this old-fashioned egg salad however you like – it can totally represent as a yummy snack if you serve it spread on crackers.  You can even stuff it inside some cherry tomatoes for an impressive appetizer.  It is beyond easy to make and you will probably already have most of the ingredients on hand which makes it economical, as well.  Enjoy and happy Easter!  If you’re looking for more recipes for Easter, check out this great collection.

Old-Fashioned Egg Salad
Recipe type: lunch
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Serves: 4
This creamy old-fashioned egg salad recipe can be served on crunchy lettuce, toasted bread, or in a pita for a quick and easy lunch idea.
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (good quality - I used Hellmann's)
  • 1 teaspoon prepared Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion (scallions)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • salt
  1. Place egg in a saucepan and cover with cold water (about ½ inch above eggs). Add a dash of salt to the water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat.
  2. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop. Make sure you peel them carefully to avoid egg shells in your salad.
  3. Place the chopped eggs in a bowl, and stir in the mayonnaise, mustard and green onion.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Stir and serve on your favorite bread or crackers.


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23 Responses to “Old-Fashioned Egg Salad”

  1. April 2, 2015 at 6:48 AM #

    Sounds like the PERFECT egg salad – simple and delicious! (And I’m a huge egg salad fan!) Happy Easter Ashley!

  2. April 2, 2015 at 7:52 AM #

    Getting back to the basics is always a favorite of mine. Your egg salad looks wonderful. Sharing, of course.

  3. April 2, 2015 at 8:40 AM #

    I haven’t had egg salad in FOREVER! And now you have me craving it! I need to make this soon so I can bring this as my lunch!

  4. April 2, 2015 at 9:17 AM #

    Hope your mother had a wonderful birthday! This egg salad looks perfect for a lunch celebration. The simplest foods are always the most cherished!

  5. April 2, 2015 at 9:18 AM #

    Yay for eggs! I’m crazy for them but honestly, have rarely had egg salad. Yours looks nice and simple and perfect in that pita with arugula. Nice modern spin! Have a great Easter weekend.

  6. April 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM #

    Egg salad is SO good!! I love making it with vegan mayo and with a few dashes of curry powder. It’s delish!

    • April 2, 2015 at 10:19 PM #

      That’s such a good idea! I will have to try the curry powder sometimes.

  7. April 2, 2015 at 12:38 PM #

    I so get your adding green onions to all things – but, I am totally fascinated by truffle salt!
    Eggs remind me of Easter too – and this salad would be wonderful on crackers as an appetizer when we get back from church till the meal is ready! Thanks Ashley and Happy Easter!

  8. Carol
    April 2, 2015 at 4:19 PM #

    Similar to what I make, but I also add some relish. I’ve been meaning to make egg salad for a while now … I’ve got the eggs, just have to do it!

    • April 2, 2015 at 10:15 PM #

      Adding relish is a great idea, Carol!

      • Ozzy.13
        March 24, 2017 at 1:44 PM #

        I realize this is an old post, but I have to comment…..

        I only used to add relish to the tasteless Egg Salad sandwiches my workplace cafeteria made with plain mayonnaise . I have no need for relish when I make mine at home. I just use chopped boiled egg, Miracle Whip (I’m Canadian) and chopped green onion.

  9. April 2, 2015 at 4:32 PM #

    Perfect timing…we always have so many eggs to eat this time of year

  10. April 2, 2015 at 4:59 PM #

    I’m a big egg eater and this looks super creamy! Perfect for all the Easter eggs this weekend and beautiful pics too!

  11. April 2, 2015 at 8:47 PM #

    I haven’t had egg salad in so so long! And I agree with you – sometimes recipes are best just as those classics that they are!

  12. April 2, 2015 at 11:51 PM #

    Perfect and yummy looking classic egg salad, Ashley! We sometimes add chopped pickles (or relish) and chopped Kalamata olives in ours if we are in the mood. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you and Mr. Wishes a happy and meaningful Easter! xo

  13. Eggsarepeople2
    April 3, 2015 at 11:58 AM #

    I love eating eggs. This looks so eggtastic!

  14. April 3, 2015 at 3:08 PM #

    I used to hate egg salad, but now it’s one of my favorite things. I’m all about lots of mustard to cut down on the mayo. I like adding avocado too!

  15. April 3, 2015 at 3:12 PM #

    I guess it’s kind of sad that when I think of Easter, all I can think of is potatoes au gratin! Gimme my cheesy carbs. 😀 And I’ve never made egg salad (as I don’t like eggs) but I think my husband would like this. Definitely sending this to him!

  16. April 4, 2015 at 9:49 PM #

    I love the idea of serving this in a Pita! My mom would love this too!

  17. April 4, 2015 at 10:13 PM #

    EVERYBODY needs to learn how to make a good egg salad. It’s like, standard! And yours looks great. I love green onions on everything too

  18. April 4, 2015 at 10:50 PM #

    Egg salad is my favorite thing to make with leftover hard boiled eggs. Although usually my husband eats all the hard boiled egg plain before I can turn them into salad…haha.

  19. March 14, 2016 at 2:46 PM #

    What is truffle salt like?
    I love this egg salad! I make is for my 20 month old & me minus the onions. I do add smoked paprika instead of plain. Thanks this was simple for me to make & for once my shells don’t stick to the egg!

  20. September 6, 2016 at 11:44 PM #

    Made this and posted it on my Facebook page! Check it out

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