simple egg salad sandwiches

I feel a little silly posting this recipe today.

But…but…but! I tweeted out last week on how I was enjoying a delicious egg salad sandwich for lunch and got a few requests for the recipe. I’ve been eating a lot of egg salad lately. Adam hates it. He has a “thing” towards hard boiled eggs, which I think is very odd. He also has a “thing” towards black licorice jelly bellies, red swedish fish and raw tomatoes. All of that is very weird.

That all being said, I’ve been on a major egg salad kick lately and it sort of culminated yesterday when I ate scrambled eggs and coffee cake for breakfast followed by the egg salad sandwich you see above for lunch. That’s a lot of eggs.

I made pasta for dinner.

I don’t really know what’s “normal” to put in egg salad but I suppose some people might add finely minced onion or fresh herbs. Not me! I like my egg salad ridiculously simple—just a dab of real mayonnaise, some mustard, a splash of red wine vinegar and salt and pepper. Topped with onion and lettuce, please.

A few weeks ago I made The Pioneer Woman’s egg salad, which has a mashed avocado in it! It was delicious but I don’t always have avocados laying around when the egg salad urge strikes.

So there you have it! My lunch yesterday. Normally I would scoop hummus on crackers or chow down on those delightful frozen vegetable thai dumplings from Trader Joe’s while I watch my dough rise, but yesterday I was feeling frisky.

Simple Egg Salad Sandwiches

makes 2 sandwiches

Print this recipe!


4 eggs, hard boiled

2 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 tsp red wine vinegar

2 tsp dijon mustard

pinch of salt

pinch of pepper


Mash eggs with a fork and add remaining ingredients. Chill in fridge or spread on whole grain bread with sliced onion and lettuce. Enjoy!


30 minutes (includes time to hard boil eggs)



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  • ritika
    September 15, 2011 at 4:27 am

    wow, red wine vinegar, that’s very interesting addition. gotta try. like now 🙂
    on a diff note, is it okay to do yoga, sun salutations at night? say after work around 8?

  • Kristin
    September 15, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Oooooh I LOVE egg salad! Sounds like my recipe too, but I use yellow mustard instead of dijon and I’ve never tried it with red wine vinegar. Excited to give that a go soon!

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    September 15, 2011 at 4:29 am

    I like the red swedish fish….! Haha great recipe, love the pics 🙂

  • Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    September 15, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I’m allergic to egg 🙁 But I’m using this with tuna!
    (and you cant stop me)

  • Cara
    September 15, 2011 at 4:37 am

    I love egg salad sandwiches as well. Mine usually include miracle whip, relish and yellow mustard. Some tarragon if I want to get fancy. Hah.

  • Blog is the New Black
    September 15, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Your pics always capture me! So gorgeous!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    September 15, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Yum! I love egg salad sandwiches. Especially with the yolks perfectly bright like yours are. I like your addition of vinegar! 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    September 15, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I too really like simple egg salads — eggs + mayo + salt and pepper, that’s it!

  • Khushboo
    September 15, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Jenna, you have a weirdo on your hands…who DOESN’T like raw tomatoes and boiled eggs???? Loved using mashed avocado and/or Greek yogurt in egg salad…chopped scallions are pretty yum too!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    September 15, 2011 at 4:45 am

    that’s the same recipe i grew up with! and can i just say that you must be reading my mind? i just said yesterday that i was craving egg salad and today here it is!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    September 15, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Egg salad…I havent had it in years but just thinking about it, reminds me of my grandma’s house and my childhood and good memories 🙂

    I love mustard…on just about anything, too!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    September 15, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I’m in that hard boiled egg boat with Adam…as well as the mayonnaise weirds me out boat. I’ll stick with your coconut curried sweet potato soup leftovers for lunch today!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    September 15, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I love eggs, and egg salad sandwiches are something I don’t eat enough. I think part of it has to do with the smell – like tuna, it can’t help but be noticed! However, now I have my own office so I’ll happily bring it along. I’ve never added red wine vinegar though – can’t wait to try it out!

  • katie @KatieDid
    September 15, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Egg salad cravings hit me hard and at really random times as well. Normally I’m just too lazy to wait for eggs to boil so I just go straight for the scramble or omelette, but you have me craving some salad now! I love it on untoasted squishy bread 🙂

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    September 15, 2011 at 5:21 am

    mustard and red wine vinegar… I have NEVER heard of putting that in egg salad?! I’ll have to try it.

  • Dee
    September 15, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I love egg salad! I must try this soon!

  • B n B
    September 15, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I think I eat hard-boiled eggs everyday. Never mashed for a spread though. I get the black licorice aversion – but tomatoes and swedish fish? That’s crossing the line.

  • RJ
    September 15, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Love egg salad sandwiches – a great quick dinner! My mom always uses plain white vinegar – which I omit because it’s just too strong. But I’ll have to give red wine vinegar a try! But I’m definitely with Adam on the raw tomatoes!!

  • Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy
    September 15, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I have recently gotten into eating egg salad! This looks fantastic!

  • Kristina
    September 15, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Maille is my FAVORITE mustard – it’s the best!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 15, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I love egg salad for picnics, but have never made it myself. So excited to finally have recipe that looks more like egg than something drowning in Mayo! Love this.

  • Becky
    September 15, 2011 at 6:33 am

    This is crazy…I’m pregnant and had the weirdest craving last night for an EGG SALAD sandwich. I do not normally eat egg salad sandwiches. Imagine my sheer excitement when I clicked on your blog this morning and saw your newest recipe. Guess what I”m having for lunch!!?!? Thank you!

  • Cait's Plate
    September 15, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I’m with ya – I like it plain and simple. Mayo, mustard, pepper, done. This looks awesome.

  • Ashley Lewis
    September 15, 2011 at 6:53 am

    I love egg salad it is such a comfort food for me 🙂 My Mom didn’t really cook growing up but she did know how to make egg salad and whenever I am feeling home sick especially in summer I make an egg salad sandwich and I feel better.

  • Lisa @ Life in Green
    September 15, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I always forget how much I love egg salad. Got a carton that needs used up now – thanks for the reminder!

  • Megan @ The Detoxinista
    September 15, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I love egg salad, and am the same way– I like it pretty simple! Lately, I’ve been mixing my hard boiled eggs with a bit of dijon mustard, and teeny-tiny diced cucumbers (since I didn’t have pickles on hand). It’s delicious!

    So comforting. 😀

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine
    September 15, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I love egg salad—and I’m tired of all my lunch options. I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks Jenna!

  • Kristin @WoundedFawn
    September 15, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I love eggs and egg salad and I also had egg salad yesterday. I sometimes prefer just egg/mayo/pepper but like to fancy it up too with pickles or capers. I also like to eat eggsalad warm, although I feel like it is harder to peel eggs when they are warm. Oh well, yum either way!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    September 15, 2011 at 7:36 am

    That looks refreshingly simple! I like a little crunch in mine so I usually add celery or something liek that to it for texture but I like the idea of the simple spice + mayo combo.

  • Kelsey
    September 15, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I have been on an egg salad kick too! I like mine with a lot in it though! My favorite combo is eggs, mayo, relish, mustard, onions, walnuts and grapes…kind of a twist on a classic chicken salad recipe. Love!

  • Caitlin @ Cake with Love
    September 15, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I always like when I have egg salad leftovers left, since it so so convinient you can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I prefer mine with lots of honey mustard!

  • Lila
    September 15, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Okay, I have to know your hard boiling method. I’ve been on a mission to perfect my hard boiled egg technique lately, and yours look perfect! Do you start them in cold water? Pop ’em right into boiling water? How many minutes?

    I’m a total weirdo, I know, but I saw those bright yolks without a hint of weird green and I had to ask!

    • Jessica
      September 15, 2011 at 10:49 am

      I can’t be a ton of help, but I have heard that the tinge of green comes from over-cooking…

      That’s as far as my knowledge goes! Everyone seems to have an opinion on how to perfectly hard boil an egg, but at least we can avoid the icky looking green 🙂

  • Jenn @ Frost Bites
    September 15, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I love egg salad. Yours look pretty simple and yummy…gotta try try recipe.

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    September 15, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I have a thing against mayonnaise (which is weird, I know) but the egg salad does look yummy!

    • Lauren
      September 15, 2011 at 11:09 am

      I’ve made it with Greek yogurt before, and it still tastes quite good!

  • Liz @ Southern Charm
    September 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I’m obsessed with egg salad. My office manager and I both bring them to work a lot and talk about different ways we’ve made it. Neither of us have ever said red wine vinegar. Can’t wait to share this ingredient and to try it out!

  • Emily
    September 15, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I have been on a major hard boiled egg kick – to include egg salad – mostly because you can buy cooked and peeled hard boiled eggs at costco for little more than the cost of eggs! They just make it too easy. I am definitely excited to use the red wine vinegar too!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition
    September 15, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I love egg salad, chilled, with crackers and carrot sticks for a yummy lunch. How do you hard-boil your eggs? your yolks look so creamy yellow!

  • Alejandra @ Mouthfuls and Morsels
    September 15, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I used red wine vinegar in Tuna salad, and love it! I never heard of putting it in an egg salad, but it makes perfect sense!! This makes a great packed lunch idea! Thanks!

  • julie
    September 15, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Something AGAINST black licorice jelly bellies, red swedish fish and raw tomatoes??? That’s just suspect! 😉 Those are three of my most favorite things.
    I love egg salad sandwich. It totally takes me back to my childhood.

  • Ashley @perfectleypeared
    September 15, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Thank you, thank you for posting this!! You may think it’s simple, but I always look for a great egg salad recipe without a lot of mayonnaise. I don’t eat meat so this is perfect! My boyfriend loves egg salad too but I’ve never found a recipe to make. The red wine vinegar sounds like a great touch.

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    September 15, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Egg salads are the best! My hubs thinks they’re gross so I just make more for me. A lot of the time I use avocado or hummus instead of mayo.

  • Bev Weidner
    September 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Open mouth, insert THAT SANDWICH.

  • Lindsa @ Schnoodle Soup
    September 15, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I also do not like black licorice or raw tomatoes! And I find Swedish fish to juse be “okay” and leave me wondering where the chocolate is. Too funny!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    September 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I love a simple egg salad sandwich. Adam is wrong for not liking them. and swedish fish and tomatoes! But he’s right about black licorice anything including jelly bellys. 🙂

  • Lisa
    September 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Interesting, never heard of red wine vinegar. I will have to try that. I love egg salad sandwiches and I use mustard in mine as well. I also add some celery or grated pickles. Yum!

  • Lindsay
    September 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I like hard boiled eggs, but I’m with Adam on the black jelly beans, Swedish Fish and raw tomatoes.

  • Lara @ TresLaLa
    September 15, 2011 at 10:27 am

    My hubby doesn’t like hard boiled eggs either. More for me! I usually add celery to mine – love the crunch! 🙂

  • Stephanie @ The Rest is Still Unwritten
    September 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Oh. My. Lord. I made this for lunch today…YUM! Thank you! 🙂

  • Lauren
    September 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I loooove egg salad! I’ve recently started sprinkling some chili powder into my mixture, to great effect.

    This recipe looks great. Might have to swap out mine for yours!

  • April
    September 15, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I like pickles or green olives cut up really tiny in mine! 🙂

  • Traci
    September 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I completely understand. My hubs has “a thing” about mayo. As in he won’t eat anything that has mayo in it except for Ranch dressing. Makes sense huh?? You should’ve seen the look on his face when I broke the news to him that mayo is the main ingredient. Funny, he still eats it. Anyway, I got off subject. The sandwich looks delish! I love how simple it is too.

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    September 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    never tried egg salad w/ red wine vinegar…sounds intriguing! i love adding lemon juice & zest. 🙂 and fresh herbs. yum!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    September 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Egg salad sandwiches always remind me of long car rides with my parents. They would always pack them to take with us and it made the car reek off eggs! 😛

    Despite that, I still like them though!

  • Kelsey @ aslolife
    September 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Yum! Just made an egg salad sandwich to take for lunch the other night. My husband loves to add cheese to the top of his but I think it’s a bit overkill–lettuce and onion works fine for me!

  • Moni'sMeals
    September 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    oh wow! this is right up my alley!!

  • Crystal
    September 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Looks good! I love the way dill tastes in egg salad.

  • Emily Anne - Open Book
    September 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I made this last night and brought it for lunch today. Easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kait
    September 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

    We’re running low on groceries today so I was thinking I’d just have some scrambled eggs for lunch until I remembered this post!! I’ve never made my own egg salad, so thanks for such a basic, easy recipe!

  • Erin
    September 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I’m glad you posted this. I never think to make egg salad sandwiches, but they are soo yummy!

  • sherri
    September 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    What a great way to jazz up egg salad without being too fussy. I had every type of vinegar but red wine, so I used a dash of balsamic instead. Yummy!!

    Now could you help me out with a recipe or two using green tomatoes? In Seattle they’re predicting the nine days of over 80 degree temperature we’ve had in September is it for this summer. Which leaves alot of us with plenty of green tomatoes. Sad.

  • peacebeme
    September 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I have been meaning to make egg salad sandwiches all week. How timely!

    Yuck on the onions though!

  • Charissa
    September 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    There’s just something so comforting about this sandwich. Brings me back to my childhood, I guess…still such a favourite!

  • Culinary Favorites From A to Z
    September 23, 2011 at 4:36 am

    I love egg salad and I use light yoghurt, tomato and onion in mine. The idea of avocado is good, and red wine vinegar, too.

  • JenATX
    September 29, 2011 at 8:19 am

    i know a lot of people who don’t like hardboiled eggs… i think its the media’s fault. they’re always portrayed negatively in movies (enter some body builder eating a vat of eggs). anyway, I love ’em!

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    September 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I was having a pregnancy craving for egg salad, but I haven’t eaten it since I was a little girl. I kept browsing through online recipes until I found one that was simple like my moms old recipe. Thanks so much! It was exactly what I needed.

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