Best Egg Salad For Perfect Lunch

The Best Egg Salad is an easy favorite! Nothing is more picnic perfect than hard boiled eggs mixed with mayo and a pinch of mustard and of course crunchy with celery and green onions!

Best Egg Salad
Best Egg Salad

I think the simplest dishes are often the hardest to get right, and egg salad is a perfect example. Most egg salads are boring, bland, mayo-laden affairs. But when made properly, egg salad can be so delicious! For starters, it’s important to begin with properly cooked hard-boiled eggs; the whites should be tender and the yolks creamy. And then you have to really amp up the seasoning.

Mayonnaise is a must for creaminess (and be sure to use a good one) but you also need a squeeze of lemon, a spoonful of Dijon mustard, and a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce to brighten the flavor. Celery and fresh parsley add crunch and color. And, finally, scallions add a lovely, subtle onion flavor. The result is a an egg salad that’s creamy and rich, yet also vibrant and fresh.

How To Make Best Egg Salad For Perfect Lunch

Begin by hard boiling the eggs. Place the eggs in a saucepan in a single layer, and fill the pan with enough cold water so that it covers the eggs by about an inch. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, then remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let stand for 10 minutes.

Carefully pour out the hot water; place the pan in the sink and run cold water over the eggs until the pan is lukewarm, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and refill with cold water; let stand until the eggs are room temperature, about 10 minutes.

Gently crack the eggs all over and peel under running water. Then dry the eggs and chop into ¼-inch pieces.

Meanwhile, finely chop the herbs, celery, and scallions.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar.

Add the chopped eggs, celery, scallions, and parsley.

Using a rubber spatula, fold to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary, then serve or refrigerate until ready to use.

If you refrigerate the egg salad, be sure to taste it again before serving and adjust the seasoning; I find the flavors mellow out a bit after some time in the fridge.

Best Egg Salad
Best Egg Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • large eggs
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann’s or Duke’s
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup finely diced celery, from 1 stalk
  • 3 tablespoons finely sliced scallions, from 2 to 3 scallions
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Place the eggs in a saucepan in a single layer, and fill the pan with enough cold water so that it covers the eggs by about an inch. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, then remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let stand for 10 minutes.
    2. Carefully pour out the hot water; place the pan in the sink and run cold water over the eggs until the pan is lukewarm, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and refill with cold water; let stand until the eggs are room temperature, about 10 minutes. Gently crack the eggs all over and peel under running water. Dry the eggs, then chop into 1/4-inch pieces.
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar. Add the chopped eggs, celery, scallions, and parsley. Using a rubber spatula, fold to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve or refrigerate until ready to use. (If you refrigerate the egg salad, be sure to taste it again before serving and adjust the seasoning; I find the flavors mellow out a bit after some time in the fridge.)
    4. Make Ahead: The eggs can be cooked, peeled, and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator 3 days ahead. If you keep the eggs in their shell, they can last for up to a week. The egg salad will keep well in a covered container in the fridge for about 3 days.

Tip: When peeling an egg, start at the wider end — there’s usually a small air pocket in there, which makes the egg shell easier to remove.

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