I love egg salad and have made something approaching 79 different versions of it over the years. So when a reader recently wrote to me asking for an egg salad recipe that was all the excuse I needed to share one of them with you here.
I never much liked the bland, mayo and celery version that is the mainstay of delis and work lunches—too much mayo! But once I realized that it’s eggs and not mayo that’s the main ingredient I got pretty obsessed.
When I was developing Good and Cheap, I made a bunch of different versions, but none of them made it into the book. For one, it’s tough to take a really great photo of egg salad. It’s basically whitish glop! For another, I really needed to draw the line with my egg recipes and I told myself that no one REALLY needs me to share an egg salad recipe. But I am happy to be wrong!
If you guys like this I’d be delighted to share some other ideas. This is a fun one because I can never get enough green chilies (I really have got to get myself to New Mexico one of these days!), but you can skip the green chilies or replace it with a favorite vegetable of choice and it will be just as good.
May I respectfully also suggest trying egg salad on something other than squishy white bread? It’s amazing with pumpernickel or rye. Or you can skip the bread and enjoy it in lettuce cups or in a wrap.
Above I ate it open-faced on rye alongside my morning coffee. Part of my ongoing quest to eat a decent breakfast, this helped!
- 6 eggs
- 1 stalk celery chopped
- 1 small (4 oz) can green chilies drained
- 2 scallions chopped
- 1 Tbsp dijon
- 1 Tbsp mayo
- 1 1/2 tsps salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste)