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The Easiest Egg Salad Ever

Summer is here and with it comes parties, cookouts, and potlucks. Egg salad and deviled eggs frequently make an appearance at picnics and boy, do I love ’em. Well, most of them.

Believe it or not, not all egg salads and deviled eggs are made equal. I make mine like my mom did which is ultra simple and easy. It’s one of the few recipes I don’t make exact measurements.

I’ve seen some egg salad recipes loaded with a ton of ingredients. Some I will eat and are tasty, but they aren’t my style.

Eggs and Food Safety

One thing about egg dishes at parties is ensuring they stay cold enough. According to the USDA, cold foods should stay below 40 °F. So to keep your egg salad safe and enjoyable for everyone…

  • Transport in a cooler
  • Keep refrigerated until time to serve
  • Put serving dish in a bed of ice
  • Do not continue to serve after 2 hours out (or 1 hour if 90 degrees)

All right, are you ready for my ridiculously easy recipe?

simple egg salad recipe

Easy Egg Salad / Easy Deviled Eggs Recipe

What you need:

  • Eggs (minimum of 3 suggested)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Paprika

What you’ll do:

Boil those eggs. I get the water to a rolling boil then gently ladle the eggs in for 10 minutes. I scoop them out and refrigerate them until cool.

Peel ’em. We all have our methods. My daughter likes to help with this part.

Slice ’em up. I prefer an egg slicer but a good ol’ fashioned knife works just fine. (For egg salad slice entire egg up. For deviled eggs cut in half and set yoke aside)

Use 1-3 tablespoons of mayo (I use about 3ish for 9ish eggs… I am not positive since I just eyeball it as I stir it up. Oh, and it depends how creamy you want it)

Sprinkle generously with paprika, mix, then sprinkle again for looks. (For deviled eggs mix it up (less mayo though) then dollop back into the white halves. Then sprinkle.)

Serve and eat. I like egg salad sandwiches or with crackers.

egg salad sandwich

Other mix-ins I approve of: salt, pepper, bacon

How do you like your eggs? Hmm, sounds like a pick up line.


Tahlia B.

Thursday 6th of June 2013

I don't know why people make it more complicated than it is, lol. Yours looks like egg salad and believe it of not, I swear I smell it! Easy is good. I'd add spicy mustard though...I guess because that's what my family always added to it. :)

Darcy Zalewski

Friday 7th of June 2013

I installed the smell-o-pic app ;) Just kidding, but I take that as a compliment so thank you!

Brian never had egg salad before so he didn't know what I was going on about.

Laurel@Let's Go on a Picnic!

Monday 3rd of June 2013

I like pickles in my egg salad. I had a tea party for my daughter's first birthday and made deviled eggs with cream cheese, I think. Or guacamole with cream cheese.