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The Best Egg Salad (+Video)

The Best Egg Salad recipe is so simple to prepare. Perfect hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, relish and seasoning. Plus, some options to switch it up!


In my mind, the best egg salad is the one that is the simplest to make. It doesn’t need to be complicated with a bunch of weird ingredients. This creamy classic egg salad fits the bill. I love to eat it all by itself but it really makes for a perfect filling for finger sandwiches or on a fresh, warm croissant.

egg salad shown in a white bowl with a hard-boiled egg sliced in half.


How do you make perfect hard-boiled eggs?

Get a pot of water to boiling. Once it’s boiling, gently and carefully add the eggs into the pot. Set a timer for 12 minutes. Once the timer goes off, drain the water out of the pot and add the eggs into an ice both (just fill a large bowl with lots of ice and cool water. Let the eggs sit in that ice bath for at least 30 minutes. Once you have them all peeled, set them on a paper towel and gently dry them off. Check out my post for Classic Deviled Eggs on how to easily peel a hardboiled egg.

What goes in egg salad?

Traditional egg salad is a simple recipe of chopped hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, salt and pepper.

Is an egg sandwich healthy?

Well that depends on what you considered healthy! Eggs are loaded with vitamins and minerals are a great source of good protein and healthy fats. If you considered mayonnaise unhealthy (which I don’t), you could use an avocado mayonnaise or a low fat mayonnaise. For the bread you could use a whole wheat, low carb or multi-grain bread.

How long does egg salad last in the fridge?

In covered container, it will last 3 days in the refrigerator.

two half egg salad sandwiches stacked on top of each other with a glass of iced tea in the background.


  • hard-boiled eggs
  • mayonnaise
  • sweet relish (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • sliced green onions (optional)
hardboiled chopped eggs, mayonnaise, sweet relish, salt, pepper, sliced green onions and white sliced bread.


In a bowl, mix together chopped eggs, mayonnaise, sweet relish and salt and pepper.

chopped hard cooked eggs, sweet relish, salt, pepper and mayonnaise added together in a bowl.

Stir in green onions, if using. 

sliced green onion stirred into egg salad in a bowl.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.

bowl of egg salad covered in plastic wrap.

Serve with crackers, on bread as a sandwich, in a tortilla to make a wrap, or on a large leaf of lettuce!

two egg salad sandwiches stacked on top of each other on a white plate.


Originally published: April 2011
Updated and republished: January 2022

Egg Salad recipe

The Best Egg Salad (+Video)

The Best Classic Egg Salad is so simple to prepare. Perfect hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, relish and seasoning. Plus, some options to switch it up!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4



  • In a bowl, mix together chopped eggs, mayonnaise, sweet relish and salt and pepper. (Stir in green onions, if using)
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.



  • If you can find watercress, it is heavenly on this egg salad.
  • Also, if you don’t like relish, just leave it out.
  • Add a smidgen of yellow mustard to give the egg salad a little kick. 
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American


Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 200mg | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love the recipe, very easy and tasty. Will be making this more and more now. Will be taking to work for lunch next week. Added a dash of yellow mustard and it did give it a nice little kick. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I just love egg salad, and this one is my new favorite! It was wonderful served as a sandwich on croissants. My kids enjoyed it as much as I did. So easy, and so yummy!

  3. I just made this for a late night snack. So good. I bought watercress at whole foods a few days ago. It's my first time eating it and I love it.

  4. What a wonderful post. I have not yet been fortunate enough to travel to England (I'm a New England gal) BUT I just planted watercress last year and am waiting to enjoy the fruits of my labor. My grandmother always used to serve Watercress and Cucumber sandwiches to her once a week Bridge Club and I use to offer to serve them up so I could sneak a sandwich or two on the sly! It is also great in salads. Thanks for the wonderful post.!

  5. I love egg salad so much! In fact, I'm having some for breakfast right now on toast. I've never eaten watercress before but I'm going to change that. It looks great on your sandwich. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. wWhat a great sandwich. I love egg salad! Now, I just have to find watercress! I am going to my girlfriend's for a wedding party and I'll make these sandwiches.

  7. What a great use for all the leftover Easter eggs…my hubby would love this one 🙂 My girlfriend is having a Royal Wedding party…thank goodness it starts at 6 AM vs. 4 AM. I wish I owned a big hat, but I do have a tiara…how do you think it will look with my pjs????

  8. Brandie,
    I haven't had egg and cress sandwiches in YEARS. We always got them on special occasion picnics in Scotland and ended up eating them in the car with stewed tea in flask and rain pelting on the bonnet! You've made me all nostalgic. I just LOVE your fancy English tea set! Now that is definitely pretty fitting for Friday 😉

  9. I really enjoyed your post! I used to also buy Egg and Watercres sandwhiches from Tesco when I was studying in England! And just in time for the Royal Wedding! I can't find watercress here in Mexico so I will have to make do with cucmber sandwhiches instead 🙂

  10. I just love this little sandwich. I can't wait for the wedding. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful day!

  11. How perfect!! I even have all those left over boiled eggs from Easter. This is definitely going to be my lunch this week, for sure!!

  12. That is a great recipe Bran!! I believe we actually grow a small crop of watercress each year, but I'd have to ask my hubby. My reason for stating this is if I'm right then the reason it might be hard to find is that it's out season for it. See? I know a little about farming! haha!

  13. You know…it just so happens I have a fridge full of hard-boiled eggs right now! I think this will be dinner tonight!

  14. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am for this wedding! I know, its pathetic. I'm constantly watching documentries, and shows about how Kate and William met, the wedding planning process, etc etc.. My husband says Im obsessed! And he's right!! lol

  15. I'm the same way – definitely won't go hunting all over town looking for one special ingredient. I'm really fortunate that my local Kroger carries it all the time and I was surprised to find out that it is grown here locally too :o)

  16. I had difficulty finding watercress at our local grocery stores in the past. I'm not one to hunt down an ingredient unless I absolutely have to have it. I love egg salad and these sandwiches sound perfect for the occasion. Yummy!