The Best Egg Salad Recipe

Perfectly cooked boiled eggs, homemade mayo, bright lemon juice, crunchy celery, and some fresh parsley make for a near-perfect egg salad.

Perfect egg salad with a great balance of creamy and crunchy textures and bright, fresh flavors. Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. Video: Serious Eats Video.

Why It Works

  • Steaming eggs is the best way to cook them for even cooking through to the core, and easy peeling.
  • Crushing the eggs with fresh mayonnaise by hand gives you a good mix of chunky and creamy textures. Scallions and celery add crisp freshness.
  • Fresh lemon juice adds brightness and acidity to the mix.

This particular recipe for egg salad is about as close to perfect as it gets. It's not fancy, there are no special ingredients, but it's well balanced, with bright, fresh flavors and a texture that spans from rich and creamy to crisp and crunchy.

Every great egg salad starts with perfectly cooked eggs. Ours combines roughly mashed eggs with fresh mayonnaise and lemon juice, along with diced celery, scallions, and parsley for the perfect balance of creamy and crunchy textures and bright, fresh flavors.

This egg salad recipes can be made ahead of time, and keeps in the refrigerator for up to three days.


Recipe Facts



Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 3 to 4 servings

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  • 6 large hard steamed eggs, chilled and peeled

  • 1/4 cup homemade or store-bought mayonnaise

  • 1/2 teaspoon zest and 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh juice from 1 lemon

  • 1/3 cup finely diced celery (about 1 small stalk)

  • 1/4 cup finely sliced scallions, white and pale green parts only (about 2 scallions)

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Bread, lettuce, and thinly sliced radishes, for serving


  1. Combine eggs, mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, scallions, and parsley in a medium bowl. Using your hands, squeeze eggs through your fingers, mixing contents of bowl until reduced to desired consistency; alternatively, smash and mix with a firm whisk. Season generously with salt and pepper. Serve with sliced radishes, lettuce, and bread to make sandwiches, or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
248 Calories
19g Fat
8g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 248
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 286mg 95%
Sodium 333mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 173mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)