Classic Egg Salad - Simple ingredients are best when it comes to making a classic egg salad!

Sometimes, as food bloggers, we think that we should be developing exotic, new recipes all the time.  But when it comes to egg salad, we think a simple, classic recipe is the best!

Our six-year-old was anxious to get started on her Easter egg coloring earlier this week, so we made some hard-boiled eggs for coloring – as well as for use in our recipe development.  After trying several variations of egg salad using different spices, herbs and other ingredients, the one that we decided to share was this tried-and-true, classic egg salad recipe.

Just use a good mayonnaise (either homemade mayonnaise, or if store-bought, we like Hellmann’s) and season with salt and pepper.  It’s easy to put too much mayonnaise in an egg salad and mask the flavors of the egg, but we think we have the proportions of mayonnaise-to-egg just right in this classic egg salad recipe.  Mixing in the mayonnaise while the eggs are still warm also helps to infuse the flavors.  Just make sure that you cool this classic egg salad completely before serving for the very best flavor.

Classic Egg Salad

You can also see our tips for making perfect hard-boiled eggs by clicking here.  By following our tips and tricks, your eggs will be perfectly cooked and easy to peel!

Happy Easter everyone!

Classic Egg Salad - A Family Feast

Classic Egg Salad

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings


  • 6 whole eggs in shell, brought to room temperature
  • 4 quarts of water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise (homemade mayonnaise, or if store-bought, we recommend Hellmann’s)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of white pepper


  1. Fill a medium pot with three to four quarts of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add white vinegar. Gently place each egg one at a time into the pot with a long-handled slotted spoon, resting them on the bottom of the boiling water. (This will help avoid cracking the eggs.)
  3. Bring back to a full boil and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let eggs sit in the hot water for 13 minutes.
  4. Drain all the water and then shake the pot with the eggs still inside to break the shells. Under running warm water, peel off shells and set cooked eggs on a paper towel to dry.
  5. Roughly chop eggs into a medium bowl and add mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Stir and taste. Add more salt or pepper if needed.
  6. Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator until egg salad is below 40 degrees.
  7. Serve with crisp lettuce and your favorite bread.


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  • Rosa Owens wrote:

    My family loved this recipe!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Rosa!

  • Jackie wrote:

    Its great thank you so much.

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Jackie – glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  • Gloria wrote:

    Your recipe rules! Less is more and this recipe is classic!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Gloria! 🙂

  • Christine Mukunta wrote:

    Looks yummy

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Christine!

  • Yose wrote:

    I do not want my egg yellows to be runny or soft. So I cook mine – instead of moving from hart I turn down to low simmer for about 10 minutes. Also , I do not want clumps of white in my salad. So mix yellow & white in food chopper – better!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Teri Kiss wrote:

    The best

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Teri!

  • Jamie Korwin wrote:

    I love this egg salad! Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome!

  • Carol puishis wrote:

    Love the simplicity of this egg salad. Always a favorite. I love this site so much.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Carol! We’re very glad you are enjoying the recipes.

  • Ole wrote:

    “4 Quarts of Water” Why?! Also the Vinegar part, i don’t know if you use it for flavour, or if you believe it makes it easier to get the shell off? The last one is a Myth, but people still does it 😛

    Easiest way, and most economical way, is to only have 1/2″ Inch of water, it comes quicker to a boil, and being that it is then “Steaming” all Eggs get the exact same temperature… Let them sit for like 10 Minutes, then you can either shake them in your pot, or transfer them to a bowl / box with a lid, along with the water, and then shake… It takes 2.5 – 5 SECONDS, and all the Shells will be off, or easily peeled off, with absolutely no effort, because the water shatters the thin membrane, when you shake them 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for sharing your method Ole!

  • Cathy wrote:

    That sounds good! Simple and tasty! I’m going to try it tomorrow. You’ve got me craving egg salad now, lol. Thanks

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Cathy!

  • Fran wrote:

    Well, I gotta share my egg salad suggestions also. I actually found the basic recipe on the back of Lay’s potato chips about 25 years ago, and have modified it a coupla times since.
    6 cooked eggs, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp horseradish (to taste), 1/2 tsp dry mustard, 1/2 tsp Wor, 4 Tblsp Hellman’s (what other mayo is there?!), 1 tsp dry onion and/or chives, 1 tblsp green bell pepper, diced very fine.
    Here’s another salad recipe you might like: Pea & Asparagus Salad
    1 can artichokes, drain & chop sorta small, 1 can asparagus (cop bit size), about 2 cups frozen Green Giant English peas, thawed & slightly heated, 1 pkg Good Seasons Italian dressing mix, 1/3 – 1/2 cup Hellman’s, sharp cheese, grated, pimiento, to taste. Chill and serve cold. Yum!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Fran – Both recipes look delicious!

  • Patrick wrote:

    Much better with diced onions added.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for the suggestion Patrick!

  • DOREEN LINTON wrote:

    To make it easier I usually use a potato masher to crush the eggs, as my family doesn’t like chunky egg pieces and I add salt & pepper onion and celery

    • Martha wrote:

      Great idea Doreen! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ann wrote:

    To this recipe I add a half teaspoon of celery seed and a tablespoon of mild yellow mustard. This makes my husbands favorite sandwich! It is also very good served on a bed of lettuce with roasted and sliced beets around it. Yum!

    • Martha wrote:

      Sounds delicious Ann! Thanks!

      • Lesa wrote:

        Yes on the yellow mustard. I have always added mustard to my egg salad. I like it chunky but my husband likes it mashed up.

        • Martha wrote:

          Thanks Lesa!

  • Sandy Karbacka wrote:

    My egg salad has a 4 T. diced tiny green pepper try it the best let it stay in the frig for all to marry together .

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Sandy – sounds like a great addition!

  • Paula wrote:

    I make mine like this as well, but I add some celery for a nice added crunch. Gives it a great texture and doesn’t really change the flavor at all.

    • Martha wrote:

      Great idea Paula! Thanks for writing to us!

  • Denise wrote:

    So happy that I found this classic egg salad recipe link on Pinterest. Easiest way to boil and peel perfect eggs every single time! My husband and I love the simple flavor of this recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Denise!! Happy New Year!

  • Lori Niemi wrote:

    I like to grate the boiled eggs with a grater. Makes a nice uniform egg salad, and it’s quick!

    • Martha wrote:

      Great idea Lori!

  • Biffy Lynn wrote:

    The salad is very good. It is a classic, simple egg salad- delicious. There is a much easier way of boiling eggs than what is mentioned here. Simply put the eggs in a pan, run water over them until the eggs are covered, put a teaspoon of salt in the water, bring the eggs to a boil, turn off the heat (but keep the pan on the burner), put a lid on the pan, let them sit in the water in the pan (which is still on the burner) for ten minutes. Peel and eat! No yucky green ring around the yolk of the egg. The eggs are perfect.
    Also, using older eggs (ones that have been in the refrigerator for at least week) will ensure that your eggs peel easily.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Biffy!

  • tanya wrote:

    My kids are always so excited to color the eggs, but then I have to figure out what to do with them! I’ve never made egg salad, can’t believe it. But now I have a good recipe to try!

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