This classic egg salad sandwich recipe is a great way to use up hard-boiled eggs. It is a great easy lunch or light dinner option and it is my all-time FAVORITE version of egg salad. It is creamy and flavorful with a bit of delicious crunch.
I love it when just a handful of ingredients come together to create something off-the-charts delicious. There is a time and place for complicated recipes, but sometimes simple is best. Egg salad sandwiches are proof of that. Just a few simple ingredients that are probably already hanging out in your fridge work so well together. It's a lunch or dinner dream come true!
My mom taught me to include a secret ingredient in every salad and sandwich I make. Put one thing in the recipe that will make people wonder out loud, What is THAT?! She has come up with some great secret ingredients and some of them are really obscure like when she adds beau monde spice to a beef dish. I mean, who has ever heard of that? Others are great, though, like the Ritz crackers she puts in her meatloaf.
Can you guess what secret ingredient goes into my egg salad sandwiches? I'll give you a hint: It adds crunch! If you love egg salad, promise me you will try this delish little recipe. You will not be sorry, friends!
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST EGG SALAD SANDWICHES
In a medium bowl, combine: 8 chopped eggs that have been hard-boiled, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup finely chopped dill pickles, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
Mix everything really well and spread the egg mixture onto a slice of bread. Top with another bread slice, cut in half and serve! Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
TIPS: MAKE THIS THE LUNCH EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT!
For extra crunch, add no more than 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion, bell pepper, celery or extra pickles!
Place a piece of crunchy lettuce and tomato slice on the top of the egg salad before serving. Sprinkling green onion slices over the top is also a great finishing touch.
Use toasted bread slices with butter spread on the insides to take this sandwich to another level.
The cayenne pepper in the recipe is optional, especially if you prefer a mild sandwich. If you want to kick up the spice even further, add 1/4 teaspoon curry powder or red pepper flakes!
Add chopped fresh herbs to the egg salad recipe, if you have extra on hand. Chives or parsley would taste amazing!
A squirt of lemon juice would add an ounce of freshness to the recipe.
If you do not prefer salty foods, stick with the salt, pepper and paprika in the recipe and omit the garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
STEP 1 - PLACE EGGS IN SAUCEPAN FILLED WITH WATER
Place desired amount of eggs in a saucepan (use as many as you want as long as they remain in a single layer) filled with water. The water should reach approximately 1 inch above the tops of the eggs.
STEP 2 - BRING WATER TO A BOIL
Bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat.
STEP 3 - REMOVE FROM HEAT AND COVER
Immediately remove the pan from heat source and place a cover on the pan. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
STEP 4 - PLACE EGGS IN AN ICE BATH
A couple minutes before your timer beeps, prepare an ice bath. Transfer the eggs to the ice bath. Let the eggs sit in the ice bath for a minute or two. You can skip this step if desired and instead run the eggs under cold water. It is important that the eggs stop cooking and the way to do that is to remove them from the hot water and expose them to sudden cold, whichever route you go.
STEP 5 - PEEL OR REFRIGERATE
At this point your eggs are perfectly hard-boiled underneath their shells. Either peel immediately or refrigerate without peeling.
NOTES ABOUT HARD-BOILED EGGS
When peeled immediately after cooking, hard-boiled eggs will stay fresh in the fridge for 5 days. Unpeeled, hard-boiled eggs will stay fresh in the fridge for 7 days.
If you have a pressure cooker, try making your next batch of hard-boiled eggs in an Instant Pot!
Use eggs straight from the fridge! No need to bring to room temperature first.
It is easier to peel hard-boiled eggs immediately after they’ve been cooked.
WAYS TO USE HARD-BOILED EGGS
Slice or chop hard-boiled eggs and throw them into your next chopped salad!
Make a batch of Deviled Eggs for your next gathering.
Add them to potato salad!
Eat as a healthy snack, with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Hand them to family members who need a delicious on-the-go breakfast.
Ok, you guys, summer is quickly approaching, which means SUMMER FOOD. This sandwich screams summer, am I right? What are some of your favorite summer recipes? I want to hear what you make for yourself and your family on those hot summer days. What are your go-to summer potluck dishes? Tell me about all the summer eats. I'm obsessed and cannot wait to make more food and eat them in the heat.