Nothing ever tastes as good as momma made it and with this easy egg salad recipe, I'm bringing my mother's kitchen to you! A creamy egg salad sandwich isn't too far away.
I grew up in an anti-mayo household. My mother hated the stuff, so every time we had to use it, mustard usually went side by side with it to cut down on the overwhelming mayonnaise flavors.
Her egg salad recipe was very basic and simple, and it has taken me several failed attempts to track down good measurements for the ingredients as we've always just eye-balled it. I'm glad to say that this ratio we've got going on is pretty spot-on!
Creamy, rich, tangy, and perfect between two soft slices of bread, this egg salad recipe is one I'll treasure forever.
Whether you're packing them for a picnic, serving them at a party, or making a simple weekday meal, egg salad sandwiches are a satisfying and timeless choice.
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- It's basic and simple. No celery, no olives, no relish, no need for other things. We're keeping this as a basic egg salad with mustard, using just the bare minimum- just the way momma made it!
- You can customize it. Feel free to add in whatever you want, I've grown to realize egg salad is made differently in many households, and some pretty creative ingredients can be added to change it up.
- It's easy to make. Just boil some eggs, shred them up, and mix in some other ingredients. This recipe is so easy to make that anyone can do it!
Eggs- You will need some hard boiled eggs for this recipe. They are the star of the show, and it's okay if they don't peel perfectly because they'll be getting shredded anyways.
Mayo- This is what makes the egg salad creamy. My favorite mayo to use is Dukes brand, but you can use whichever you have on hand. Note that I do not recommend using a miracle whip.
Dill Weed- This will give us a great flavor and a little more color.
Lettuce- This is an optional ingredient that sort of elevates the sandwich and makes it feel more gourmet. I love to add fresh shredded iceberg lettuce or whole lettuce leaves.
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
Step 1: In a pot full of cold/cool water, add your eggs and turn up the heat.
Step 2: Bring the eggs to a boil. Boil your eggs for 5 minutes and then turn off the heat. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Run under cold water or place into an ice bath for another 5 minutes.
Step 4: Peel perfectly cooked boiled eggs. I like to peel under running water for an easier process, but it's okay if these eggs don't look pretty after peeling.
Step 5: Shred the eggs on a cheese grater and add to bowl with other ingredients.
Step 6: Stir together until well mixed.
Step 7: Top a slice of bread with your filling.
Step 8: Add some lettuce if desired.
Step 9: Top with another piece of bread and enjoy.
Makes 5-7 sandwiches depending on size.
🍴 Recipe Tips
With this egg salad sandwich recipe we have always shredded our eggs into egg salad (and our potato salad). Something about breaking up the egg yolk into such small-sized pieces makes the end-results a little creamier and better tasting.
You can cut down the mustard by one tablespoon or add in one egg if you want the egg salad to taste a little sweeter. We've always liked a slightly tangy filling.
Dill weed is found in the spices section of a grocery store and helps to add a little more depth of flavor to the egg salad. Try adding it to potato salad or deviled eggs and see how just a little bit can make a tasty difference!
⏲️ Make Ahead Instructions
Make it and keep it in a covered bowl in the fridge ready to go! You can even pre-fill sandwich bread if you want to make your lunch the night before- I recommend using lettuce as a buffer between the wet filling and the bread so that it doesn't get soggy. (you'll need lettuce on both sides of the filling.
If kept covered in the fridge, this filling can last 3-5 days. I recommend eating it sooner rather than later as it will begin to become watery and separate with time.
Egg salad is a combination of eggs, mayo, sometimes mustard, and spices. Usually mixed with carrots, celery, or chopped eggs instead of shredded, this sandwich filling is versatile and easy to make.
I can't recommend freezing egg salad filling. The mayo inside once frozen and then thawed wouldn't be pretty or appetizing. It's best to enjoy this stuff as fresh as possible.
I think some good and salty potato chips or fresh fruit like grapes go best with egg salad, but baby carrots and ranch dipping sauce or a green salad are awesome too.
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Momma's Easy Egg Salad Recipe
- 5 large Eggs ($0.40)
- ½ cup Mayonnaise ($0.63)
- 3 Tablespoons Yellow Mustard ($0.23)
- ½ teaspoon Dill Weed ($0.05)
- ½ teaspoon Paprika ($0.05)
- 10 slices Sandwich Bread ($0.40)
- Place your eggs in a pot of cool water and bring them up to a boil.
- Let boil for 5 minutes and then turn off the heat. Let rest for 5 minutes.
- Run under cold water or place in an ice bath for 5 minutes before peeling.
- Shred eggs with a cheese grater and add to bowl with all of the other ingredients. Stir together until well mixed.
- Spread some egg salad on a slice of bread and then top with lettuce if desired.
- Top with another piece of bread and enjoy.
- Makes 5-7 sandwiches depending on size.