Egg salad

Egg salad is a dish made primarily of chopped hard-boiled or scrambled eggs, mustard, and mayonnaise, often including other ingredients such as celery.

Egg salad
Main ingredientsEggs, mayonnaise, spices, herbs

It is made mixed with seasonings in the form of herbs, spices and other ingredients, bound with mayonnaise. It is similar to chicken salad, ham salad, macaroni salad, tuna salad, lobster salad, and crab salad.[1] A typical egg salad is made of chopped hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, minced celery and onion, salt, black pepper and paprika. A common use is as a filling for egg sandwiches. It is also often used as a Topping for a green salad.[2]


One of the earliest known printed recipes for egg salad sandwiches was published in the 1896 edition of The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book written by Fannie Farmer.[3]


Yam khai dao: a spicy Thai salad made with fried egg

Egg salad can be made creatively with any number of other cold foods added. Bacon, bell pepper, capers, cheese, cucumber, onions, lettuce, pickle relish, pickles, and ketchup are common additional ingredients.[4][5][6][7]

A closely related sandwich filler is egg mayonnaise, wherein chopped hard-boiled egg is mixed with mayonnaise only.[8]

A popular variant in Russia and the former Soviet states is salad Olivier.[9]

In Jewish cuisine it is made with schmaltz, onions and sometimes gribenes. It can be served with challah as part of the first course of Shabbos dinner, or with matzo.[10] Until the 1980s this dish was also called "Jewish eggs".[11]

See also


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  2. "The Nibble: Egg Salad". Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  3. Russo, Susan. The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches.
  4. "Something comforting, special about egg salad | Pacific Daily News |". Archived from the original on 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  5. "Cucumber-Basil Egg Salad". 31 March 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  6. "Classic Egg Salad Sandwich With Cheese - What to Expect". Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  7. "HEINZ Classic Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe". Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  8. "Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe - Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe". 8 September 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  9. "Russian Salad (Olivier)". EnjoyYourCooking. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  10. Schwartz, Arthur. Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited. p. 4.
  11. "How "Jewish eggs" regained their place in Hungary's kitchens". Tablet. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
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