This Egg Salad Recipe is super simple and perfect as a side, in a sandwich, or in lettuce wraps for a low carb option. Made with pickles, mayo, and mustard, it’s a must for lunch and at any summer BBQ or picnic.
And don’t miss our Tuna Salad with Egg recipe where our favorite tuna salad and egg salad are combined!
Best Egg Salad Recipe
Every spring I’m excited for baseball season, because that means it’s also BBQ, grilling, and potluck season! Bring on all the burgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, and egg salad, please.
This is my go-to egg salad recipe. It’s simple and easy, tangy from the mustard, but slightly sweet, too. And gets the slight crunch from dill pickles (which I love), instead of celery (which I don’t.) I never get tired of it!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this egg salad recipe:
(Scroll to the bottom for our easy printable recipe with the complete directions.)
- hard boiled eggs
- dill pickles and dill pickle juice
- yellow mustard
- granulated sugar
- kosher salt and pepper
Why the Sugar?
I get this question A LOT. Simple answer…because I like how it tastes. Longer answer…when small amounts are used in savory dishes, it’s actually a fantastic ingredient that not only lends flavor, but balances out other ingredients, just like salt does.
So, then people suggest I use sweet pickle relish instead. 1) sweet pickle relish also contains sugar, so I don’t really see the difference in that regard, and 2) I prefer dill pickles.
It’s only a tiny bit of sugar and you certainly can omit it. But why not try it? A lot of people have made this recipe with the sugar and love it!
How to Make Egg Salad
The first thing you need to make egg salad is Hard Boiled Eggs – then you’re off and running! Simply peel and chop them. Whisk together all the other ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Gently fold in the chopped eggs. Dust with some paprika, if desired.
This egg salad can be enjoyed as a side, an egg salad sandwich, or even wrapped up in some lettuce leaves for a low carb option! To make this recipe, just scroll below for the complete details and printable recipe card.
Video: How to Make Egg Salad
How Long Does Egg Salad Last?
This egg salad will keep in the fridge, covered in an airtight container, for up to 3 days.
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Best Egg Salad Recipe
- 8 large eggs
- 1 large dill pickle , diced very small
- 2 teaspoons dill pickle juice
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika , plus more for garnish
- Make the hard boiled eggs: add the eggs to a saucepan and fill with cold water to cover eggs by 1-2 inches. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let the eggs stand for 12 minutes. Take the eggs out of the water and immediately submerge into ice water. Let cool completely.
- Peel and chop the eggs small.
- Whisk together all the other ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Gently fold in the chopped eggs. Dust with a touch of paprika.
- Serve as is, on sandwiches, or as lettuce cups and enjoy!
Reader Questions and Reviews
This made an absolutely perfect egg salad. We used a generous amount of pickle and a little extra paprika. Keeping this recipe on file to make again! Thanks.
This is my. new favorite egg salad – perfect as is!
My family loved it, thanks!
Great egg salad recipe! I have made it almost like yours except no sugar. I add sugar to my potato salad (which I now make with blanched cauliflower cut up like the size of potatoes for a delicious low carb dish. Most people do not realize they are eating cauliflower.) I tried making this egg salad with the sugar added! DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for the idea of a little sugar!!
Quite tasty. I took it easy with the pickle but next time I will use the entire amount.
As someone who is not a fan of most people’s “salads” your recipe and write up made me smile. I hate celery. We usually don’t use sugar and sometimes leave out the mustard or use Dijon instead. Duke’s mayonnaise and Clausen pickles is the route we take in this household for every “salad” now.
I use a little hidden valley ranch seasoning and creamy dill seasoning in mine!
mmmmmmmm and more MMMMM good!
Amy, thanks for the egg salad recipe. Crunchy bacon is a nice touch. I read another egg salad recipe using whipped cream cheese.
I’ve been looking for an alternative to celery too. I don’t hate it but it’s definitely not a creamy salad ingredient in my book just isn’t for me – this is my new favorite recipe, thank you so much.
I made this today to make finger sandwiches for the royal wedding tomorrow! I used dill relish since I have it on hand. I also used my pastry cutter on the eggs before adding the other ingredients to chop up the egg whites very fine. Tastes great!
This is WONDERFUL!!
I just made this and it’s delicious! I just used a little more pickle for the tang.
This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! I’ve made it dozens of times. Love your blog.
THE BEST EGG SALAD RECIPE!!
We like egg salad with real bacon, browned crisp, broken into bits and stirred in. My mother always made it that way in the 40s-50s and my kids liked it that way, too. Yep, it’s gotta have a dab of mustard…bland, otherwise.
Best simplest egg salad ever! Used Claussen Kosher Dill Spears and wow! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!
Easy to make and tastes great!
Made this recipe, but with chopped up olives instead of pickles. Loved it!
This was the best egg salad recipe ever! Thank you for sharing,
Lisa is so right! MMMMMM
Mmmmm…made this with hot pickles. Give it a sweet and spicy flavor. So good!
Totally love that you made this with PICKLES instead of celery. Excellent life choice.
We are definitely a mustard loving family. I love mustard in sandwiches and cooking with dijon mustard…and most definitely in my egg salad!!!
Love simple, classic recipes like this!! Mustard is our favorite condiment around here.
Pretty sure I could eat egg salad for every meal… And I love adding a little bit of mustard to it, too!