Packed with greens and a protein-rich simple egg salad recipe, this egg salad sandwich is a top choice for a lunch on the go, without sacrificing any taste or goodness.
The classic egg salad sandwich recipe gets a bad reputation. Sure, it might not be the first kind you reach for. And just the thought of a hard-boiled egg sandwich might make you feel a little nauseous.
But I’m here to dispel the image of terrible egg salad from your memories and introduce you to my simple egg salad recipe, which can be ready in a matter of minutes and is a great option for an easy lunch for work or school. I’ve made the best egg salad recipe easy and simple to prepare.
This easy egg salad uses just a handful of ingredients and can be made in advance – so there’s no rushing around before work! If you’re like me and not content with just a sandwich, I love pairing this simple egg salad recipe with something crunchy, like my parmeasan crisps or beetroot chips. Or, you can add it a more of a meal (that’s still easy to carry around with you) with some sugar snap peas, crispy fried squash or, my favorite, air fryer zucchini fries.
The beauty of an egg salad sandwich is that it can be paired with almost everything thanks to its complimentary flavors, and you can tailor it to your personal tastes. And if you get tired of it, you could switch it up with this deli turkey sandwich or this tuna salad sandwich.
Is Egg Salad Healthy?
There was once a time when people believed that eggs were bad for you, but no longer! By using whole ingredients, this recipe for egg salad is surprisingly healthy.
Eggs are a high-protein alternative to meat, as well as being naturally high in selenium, vitamins B, D, and E, and zinc. They are high in Omega-3 and other healthy, important fats. Eggs can also support strong cognitive function and lower cholesterol. They are also high in antioxidants and can improve eye health.
The Best Egg Salad Recipe
You only need a few egg salad ingredients:
- Hard-boiled eggs: You want these to have firm yolks, nothing runny here. More details on how to make hard-boiled eggs for an egg salad sandwich are listed below.
- Mayo and mustard: Essential flavorings for the best egg salad sandwiches – this will give it heat and creaminess. Use Dijon mustard or regular yellow mustard.
- Green onions: You can use scallions or spring onions if you prefer, but you’ll want them to be finely chopped so they mix well with the hardboiled eggs.
- Salt and pepper, and paprika: These bring out the flavor of the eggs – paprika is an especially good compliment to egg salad sandwich recipes, giving an extra spice to a naturally bland ingredient.
How Long to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs for Egg Salad
If you don’t have any hardboiled eggs to hand for the best egg salad sandwich recipe ever, my easy guide is here to help with instructions. It’s best to cook the eggs for about 10-14 minutes in a saucepan to ensure the yolk is fully cooked through. If you don’t want to do the traditional boil, you can follow my recipe for air fryer boiled eggs.
Once your hard-boiled eggs are ready, let them cool down before peeling the shell away. I find it helpful to have a bowl of cold water (ice water) nearby so you can peel them without burnt fingers.
Then, roughly chop up the eggs and green onions. Place in a bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients and mix well. If the egg chunks are too large, you can mash them up some more.
To add more flavor to this great recipe, you could add some minced celery, chives, parsley, dill pickles, or some fresh herbs. If wanted, add a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar.
How to Make Egg Salad Sandwich
To complete your salad sandwiches, grab two slices of bread – pick your favorite. Because the filling is so soft, you want bread that’s more robust and a little denser. I like wholewheat and seedy bread for the extra flavor, but potato bread, rye bread or a honey wheat blend are also great choices.
Next, grab some of your favorite salad leaves. Good choices to complement your egg salad sandwich include romaine lettuce, spinach, watercress, and Swiss chard – though any leafy greens will do (even micro greens). The leafy greens will also prevent the bread from becoming soggy.
Place the greens on a piece of bread, then add half of the egg salad on top. Add more greens, then top with the second piece of bread and enjoy. You can make a second sandwich with the rest of the egg salad.
How Long Is Egg Salad Good for
My best egg salad sandwich recipe is generally best enjoyed on the day it’s made. Sealed in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator, this easy egg salad recipe will keep for up to five days. This is because of what’s in egg salad – some of the ingredients do not keep well outside of their containers beyond a few days and can curdle, particularly the mayonnaise.
If you find yourself with too many hard-boiled eggs, don’t immediately turn them into a salad. Hard-boiled eggs, in an airtight container and still in their shell, will keep for a delicious, easy snack for up to a week. Then you can use them for an easy egg salad recipe whenever you like.
Can You Freeze Egg Salad
Technically, yes. But just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. Easy egg salad does not do well in the freezer, with the taste and texture decreasing when exposed to the ice crystals formed during freezing. Certain ingredients in egg salad can turn in the freezer, so it’s better to keep it in the fridge and use it within a week rather than freezing.
More Egg Recipes
- Tomato Egg Breakfast Quiche
- Egg Yolk Ravioli (Raviolo al Uovo)
- Poached Eggs with Garlic Yogurt
- How to Pasteurize Eggs
If you try this old-fashioned egg salad sandwich recipe, I’d love to hear your thoughts/questions below. Also, I’d appreciate a recipe card rating below, and feel free to tag me in your recipe recreations on Instagram @Alphafoodie!
The Best-Tasting Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe
For the Egg Salad
- 4 eggs hard-boiled
- 3 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 0.53 oz green onions 3 stalks
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red paprika
For the Sandwich, also add
- 4 slices bread
- 0.53 oz watercress or other leafy greens
- If you don't have any hardboiled eggs to hand, my easy guide is here to help. It's best to cook the eggs for about 10-14 minutes to ensure the yolk is fully cooked through.Once your hard-boiled eggs are ready, let them cool down before peeling the shell away.
- Roughly chop up the eggs and green onions. Place in a bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients and mix well. If the egg chunks are too large, you can mash them up some more.
- To complete your salad sandwich, grab two slices of your favorite bread. Place some leafy greens on a piece of bread, then add half of the egg salad on top. Add more greens, then top with the second piece of bread and enjoy. You can make a second sandwich with the rest of the egg salad.
- How long is the egg salad good for? It is best enjoyed on the day it's made. Sealed in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator, the egg salad recipe will keep for up to five days.
I can live on egg salad! I use ½ greek yogurt and ½ mayo; a good pinch of Berber seasoning takes it up a notch in the flavor dept. I love your take on food; delish!
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Thank you for your comment, Elayne. Your combo sounds delicious too!