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Classic Egg Salad

Simple egg salad recipe with hard boiled eggs that peel easily, mayo, relish, mustard and dill.  Makes a delicious and comforting sandwich for lunch or dinner.

Egg salad sandwich cut in half on plate.

An egg salad sandwich for lunch is classic, easy to make and comfort food in no time.  While I’m good with chopped hard boiled eggs with mayo, salt and pepper, sprucing it up with a few more ingredients takes it to extra delicious.

Egg salad mounded on slice of bread.

For easy to peel eggs, cook them in the Instant Pot.  It really makes for egg shells that peel right off and it couldn’t be easier to hard boil them this way.


Eggs in ice water bath with ingredients in background.

Here’s what you need for yummy egg salad:

  • hard boiled eggs
  • mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • dill pickle relish
  • dill weed
  • salt and pepper


Hard boiling eggs in Instant Pot three photo process collage.

Step 1: Cook eggs in the Instant Pot with water and rack; 5 minutes under high pressure, 5 minutes natural release, then 5 minutes in ice water bath.  Then easily peel those perfectly hard boiled eggs.

Two photo process collage, chopping eggs and mixing with ingredients.

Step 2: Chop eggs and mix well with remaining ingredients.

Step 3: Mound on a slice of bread or toast, with or without lettuce, and enjoy the best egg salad sandwich!

Egg salad sandwich on wheat bread.


  • The Instant Pot or pressure cooker really makes for hard boiled eggs that peel easily.  That’s because they are essentially steamed under pressure.  Hard boiling eggs in water on the stovetop is equally fine for this recipe, too.  Use your preferred method.
  • I use dried dill weed but fresh dill would be fine, adjust amount to taste.
  • You can also swap out the dill relish with sweet relish or use both, a teaspoon of each.
  • The mayonnaise amount is a guide, it really depends how creamy you want it.  I like a lot and really creamy and messy!
  • Make your sandwich on any bread or toast you like, a green lettuce leaf is optional.
  • An open-faced egg salad sandwich with thin slices of smoked salmon is a tasty variation!

Homemade egg salad makes the ultimate comfort food sandwich at home.  And honestly, we’ve all been spending more time at home these days.  This is a perfect lunch for the times.  Kelly🍴🐦

Egg salad sandwich cut in half and stacked.

I also like reheated dinner leftovers for lunch, especially if it can make a sandwich, and soup!  Here are a few favorites you might want to try:

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Egg salad sandwich on wheat bread.

Classic Egg Salad

Simple egg salad recipe with hard boiled eggs that peel easily, mayo, relish, mustard and dill. Makes a delicious and comforting sandwich for lunch or dinner.
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Kelly | the hungry bluebird


  • 6 large eggs
  • cup mayonnaise more or less, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste


  • Fill medium bowl with ice and then water, set aside.
    Place wire rack in Instant Pot insert and 1 cup water. Place eggs on rack, seal and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Naturally release for 5 minutes, then release remaining pressure and remove eggs to ice water bath for 5 minutes. (Or hard boil eggs using your preferred method.)
  • Peel eggs and add to a medium bowl, chop eggs to desired dice. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine well. Taste for seasonings and adjust if needed. Make a sandwich on bread or toast and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • You can add more or less mayo, your preference for desired consistency.
  • Fresh dill can be used, adjust amount to taste.
  • Make a sandwich on bread or toast, with or without lettuce.
  • If boiling eggs on stovetop, place in pan and cover fully with water. Once the water comes to a boil, cover the pan with a lid and remove the pan from the heat. Do not lift the lid, set timer for 10 - 12 minutes and then remove to bowl of ice water to cool.
Keyword: egg salad recipe, egg salad sandwich, classic egg salad
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