Thursday, February 2, 2012

Making Egg Salad

A dear and faithful follower made a request recently for a post on Egg Salad as it seems it is one of her husband's favorites. So Linda this is for you and thanks for all those comments. What a trooper! Boiled eggs are one of those things I pretty well always have in my refrigerator. With my own chickens eggs plentiful most of the time boiled eggs at hand are a convenience when the dogs need a treat or Baby O needs a quick snack or we are looking for a quick breakfast. Lunch is always just a step away with boiled eggs also because it only takes a few minutes to mix up a salad. Egg salad is one of those things that is subject to your family and their taste. Kind of like potato salad. Some people like more mayonnaise like my family, some prefer less mayo and more mustard. Some like finely diced onions in theirs. Some like dill pickles and some prefer sweet. So feel free to adjust this recipe to your families personal preferences. This is meant as a guide only.


1 dozen hard boiled eggs
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
3 Tablespoons chopped pickles (sweet or dill)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Paprika for garnish
salt and pepper to taste


Place eggs in a large pot and add water to cover and a teaspoon salt.

Bring water and eggs to a full rolling boil. Turn off heat and cover pot with tight fitting lid. Allow to stand undisturbed for 12 to 15 minutes.

Pour the water off and run cold water over eggs and add ice cubes. Allow eggs to stand in ice water for atleast 10 minutes. Replace ice as it melts.

Peel Eggs and slice in half. Place yolks in separate bowl and set aside.

Put the cooked egg whites on a plate and with the tines of a fork mash until in small chunks.

Put in mixing bowl and set aside.

Now take yolks that you set aside earlier and mash with fork tines in the same way. 

Now start now start mixing mayonnaise 1 Tablespoon at a time into mashed egg yolks until they are the consistency of thick mashed potatoes. This may take more than the 2 Tablespoons in the recipe depending on the size of your eggs. The eggs I used were medium. If you have large or even extra large eggs it is going to take more. Stir well because you want to break up those yolks good and the more you stir the smoother they will be. 

Now add mustard, pickles of your choice (sweet or sour) onion powder and if using dill pickles I add dried dill weed. If you add sweet pickles leave out the dill.

Mix the yolk mixture again until smooth and then add it to your whites and stir well to mix.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Put your salad in a serving bowl and sprinkle with paprika and a little dill weed on top. 

I served mine on fresh homemade sandwich bread.

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  1. It looks good! I never thought to mash up the whites separately, it must mix better that way.

    1. It really does mix better. I do it with my patao salad as well !

  2. Wonderful! Thank you so much, CQ! :-)
    Happy Thursday to you all!

  3. Oh, I meant to ask. How long will hard boiled eggs keep?
    You obviously have a lot of people who like them, but here I do them for hubby. Thanks again! :)

  4. Yum! My daughter and I love egg salad on crackers. Great for a quick snack.

  5. My husband makes the most boring egg salad. Eggs, mayo and salt. that is all! He can't stand pickles or mustard. :(

  6. Mmmmm, looks fabulous. Farm Boy and I like an occasional egg salad sandwich. Fantastic!

    Yours looks great!

    God bless ya and have a glorious day sweetie. I gotta go eat some lunch...your makin' my tummy rumble :o)

  7. Yummy. I love it too. I prefer sweet pickles in mine and I put a little of the sweet pickle juice in my dressing.

  8. That looks really good! Love all the pictures. Ever try curry powder with eggs? I love it sprinkled on deviled eggs in place of paprika. I bet it would be good in egg salad as well.

  9. If you want the yolk mixture really smooth, use a hand mixer. I love egg salad!

  10. I grew up on egg salad! ♥ And I just discovered this way of making perfect boiled eggs last year. They turn out great every time!

  11. I use a pastry blender to mix my egg yellows with the mayo, etc. The pastry blender crumbles the yellow up nicely and makes a smooth 'yellow mixture'. I make it slightly soupy then add in the egg whites. I also add paprika and call it 'deviled egg salad' since I am basically making deviled eggs then adding the chopped up whites back in.


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