An egg salad sandwich is the perfect way to use up those extra hard-boiled eggs during Easter or really whenever the mood strikes. With eggs, mayo, celery, onion, and a secret ingredient, this is the perfect tangy side or sandwich.
It's easy to make hard-boiled eggs, and a large portion of the population tends to have an excess of them in April every year with the arrival of Easter. The tradition to hide colored eggs for children to find is always fun, but I end up with a bunch of eggs my kids don't want to eat. That's when I whip up a big plate of egg salad sandwiches for the extended family who get together each year.
This particular egg salad sandwich recipe was passed down from my mom and hers before that. Instead of using mustard, like traditional recipes, the secret ingredient in this one is diced pickles and a bit of pickle juice. This gives the salad the same tanginess but with a different flavor that's just to die for. Now, I love mustard probably more than the next person (I collect mustard), but there's just something so good about the pickle flavor as well as that extra bit of crunchiness.
- Celery salt
- Salt & pepper
Here are some ideas for sandwich toppings too:
How to make egg salad sandwiches
- Boil the eggs (if they aren't already boiled and dyed and leftover from Easter.)
- Place eggs in a pot and cover them with water. Bring them to a boil and let simmer on low for around 11 minutes. This amount of time will let the yolk cook all the way through but not overcook them. Once they are cool, peel the shell off.
- Dice the egg, celery, pickles, and onion.
- Mix the eggs, celery, pickles, onion, pickles and juice, celery salt, salt, and pepper, and mayo together in a bowl.
- Spread the egg salad over one slice of bread (it's even better toasted), layer with sliced tomato, lettuce, and the top piece of bread. Slice in half to serve.
How to store your leftover egg salad
Keeping your egg salad fresh is important. Store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I wouldn't recommend freezing it as it tends to get mushy when thawed.
This is really all about you. Choose what you like and what you'd rather leave out and give it a go. Here are some options if you feel like changing it up:
- lemon juice or mustard instead of pickles
- diced avocado
- green onions
- crumbled potato chips
What gives this egg salad sandwich the crunchiness you crave?
Texture is so important in a dish like this since eggs and mayo can be a bit of a mushy combination, so it's necessary to include a bit of crunch to even that out. In this salad, it comes by way of celery and pickles, and if I'm feeling particularly plucky, it includes crushed up potato chips on top. This extra addition adds a beautiful crunchy and salty flavor that is just hard to beat. If you're trying to stay on the healthy side, you can leave it out, but if you're looking to live on the wild side, give it a try!
How to use egg salad
Here are some ideas on how to use egg salad:
- Topped on salads
- Topped on toast
Egg salad sandwiches are the perfect recipe to use for a large gathering since it's so easy to make and is a crowd-pleaser. And for those picky eaters out there, just heap it with crushed potato chips!
Secret Ingredient Egg Salad Sandwich
- Chef's knife
- Cutting board
- large bowl
- Wooden or plastic spoon
- 6 hard-boiled eggs shelled
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 celery stick diced
- 1 tablespoon white onion minced
- 3 small dill pickles diced
- 2 tablespoons pickle juice
- 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- salt to taste
- 8 slices of oat bread toasted
- 4 large pieces of lettuce
- 1 large tomato sliced
- Shell the hard-boiled eggs and chop them into bite-sized pieces. Small dice the celery and pickles, and mince the white onion.
- Combine the eggs, mayonnaise, celery, onion, pickles, pickle juice, celery salt, pepper, and salt to taste.
- Toast the bread and put the salad on the bottom piece. On top add a lettuce leaf and tomato slice.