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How to make the Ultimate Egg Salad Sandwich

You are about to become the recipient of the best egg salad sandwich recipe in the world. I promise. I’ve had so many people tell me they made this egg salad recipe for their significant other and now they are not allowed to make any other version of the sandwich. It is that good.

It makes you want to throw caution to the wind and dig in face first into this egg salad sandwich…even if the whole world is looking at you. They’re probably just wanting to taste it for themselves anyway. 🙂

Sandwich-lovers – This classic tuna melt sandwich is absolutely delicious and grilled to golden perfection.

egg salad sandwich on a white plate

Egg Salad Sandwich:

There have been many debates over what ingredients to put into healthy boiled egg salad (And even is egg salad? My opinion is yes.). In the spirit of being open minded, I’ll agree we are all entitled to our favorite add-ins.

It’s just that some ingredients taste better so why would you mess with perfection? Cheddar and cream cheese, a little mayonnaise, and bacon with a few diced chives sandwiched in there create the most delectable egg salad sandwich.

However… If you want to go all creative, there are a few acceptable options I’d consider for deluxe servings without much cooking.

Whether you opt for rich and creamy or crisp and crunchy, I think you’ll like these ideas because fresh flavors always add a little brightness to meal time.

Ingredients for the Best Egg Salad Sandwich

What do you put in Egg Salad?


Cream Cheese in Egg Salad Sandwiches

Stick with the classic pairings if you’re going for comfort food. But if you want to experiment, some like to add diced celery, scallions, and parsley too. Include about a teaspoon of lemon juice for a tangy flavoring.

A few sliced radishes add a spicy note as well as appealing color. Add a bit of curry powder, cayenne, or jalapeno if you’re really feeling adventurous.

How long do you boil eggs for an egg salad sandwich?

Another issue of paramount importance in building the best egg salad sandwich is how long do you boil eggs for egg salad? I have a couple of ideas on that.

First is the method found here. I’ve used it successfully for a while.

And then there’s this method that I’ve recently tested. I think it might be an even better option because the shells peel off very easily and I rarely lose any of the egg:

  1. Boil about a half-inch to an inch of water, whichever amount would barely come through your steamer insert.
  2. Place cold eggs from the fridge into a steamer insert and set the steamer in the boiling water.
  3. Boil for 3-5 minutes. I go with the greater time because I do not like soft yolks.
  4. Turn off the burner but let the pan and eggs set there for about 15 minutes.
  5. Plunge eggs into an ice bath.
  6. Crack the egg shells, easily peel, and proceed with your recipe.

Easy Egg Salad Recipe

I think completely cooled egg salad tastes the best.

In a covered container (and without the bread, wraps, etc.,) egg salad can be kept in the fridge for about three days. If you can restrain yourself.

Alternatives for this Recipe

  • Mayo…or Not – Of course use your favorite brand of mayonnaise (or homemade) unless you’re just not a fan. Then my suggestion is substitute plain Greek yogurt.
  • Avocado – Slice it or dice it; avocado adds something wonderful to an egg salad sandwich.
  • Bacon – Ahh, yes. You must. Bacon makes the world go ‘round. Especially when it is crisp.
  • Egg Salad Wrap – Substitute a flour tortilla (wheat or spelt) for croissants. Spring roll wrappers are awesome, too. Or go the veggie route: wrap the egg salad in romaine lettuce leaves, kale, or collard greens.
  • Egg White Salad – Want to nix the yolk? Simply make Egg White Salad instead. Might I suggest adding sliced black olives and avocado if you do? Yum!
  • Egg Salad with Relish – A couple of teaspoons of sweet pickle relish adds magic.

Best Recipe for Egg Salad Sandwiches

Anything in the kitchen that saves time and yields something as delicious as this classic egg salad sandwich recipe is on my Always List.

Fresh, cool egg salad sandwiches are wonderful for summer meals and picnics. And make sure you check out easy deviled egg recipe for another delicious option.

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Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe

The Best Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe

You're about to make the best egg salad sandwich ever! Cheddar and cream cheese, a little mayonnaise, and bacon with a few diced chives sandwiched in there create the most delectable egg salad sandwich.
5 from 19 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: egg salad sandwich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 505kcal


  • 6 eggs
  • 4 pieces of cooked bacon
  • 2 T chives
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 T mayonnaise
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ t fresh cracked pepper
  • 6 croissants


  • In a small bowl, mash together cream cheese, mayo, chives, salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, use a pastry cutter to mash up eggs. Finely chop the bacon and add to eggs.
  • Add shredded cheddar and cream cheese mixture to eggs and bacon. Mix together until everything is mixed really well and eggs are covered in cream cheese.
  • Serve on croissants with spinach.



Calories: 505kcal
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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.


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    July 23, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Sautee bacon, mushrooms and onions, cool and add to the egg salad along with chopped celery and water chestnuts.

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    Kathy Maas

    July 28, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Love extra things in my egg salad, but I did not care for this. It was too dry for my taste. Maybe I just like the same old stuff.

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      August 7, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Perhaps add a bit more mayo to make it more moist, mushy whatever you want to call it. I have always added a splash of white vinegar to my egg salad. Maybe because my favorite kind of morning eggs are poached that I always add a bit of vinegar to the water. Tends to keep the egg together better.

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    August 5, 2018 at 10:09 am

    I love egg salad. but goodness. 505 calories per sandwich? I just can’t…..

    • Layne Henderson

      Layne Henderson

      August 5, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      That’s including the croissant 🙂 You could definitely use low fat ingredients instead if you’d rather or not put it on a croissant. Super delicious!

  4. Layne Henderson

    Layne Henderson

    August 6, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    You probably could, but I think it would change the texture and moisture quite a bit.

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    August 6, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Someone commented you could sub the mayo with greek yogurt.

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    August 9, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    In your instructions for boiling eggs, with the steamer insert, do you leave the pan uncovered when boiling and letting them set, or do you cover it?

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    August 12, 2018 at 11:15 pm


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    August 19, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    omg most amazing egg salad sandwich i’ve had in forever. reminded me of the egg salad sandwich they used to serve at our local diner. will make again!

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    Mary Jo

    August 24, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Adding freshly chopped basil to the cream cheese (or regular mayo) would really add a wonderful flavor (I use basil mayo on many kinds of sandwiches).

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    August 30, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    This is amazing! I doubled the recipe and added about a tablespoon of mustard and about 1/4 cup of dill relish–everyone loved it and the best part is, the cream cheese keeps it from getting runny–definitely a keeper!

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    September 6, 2018 at 12:12 am

    This was unbelievable. I added the smallest drizzle of truffle oil, and had to leave out the bacon due to low provisions 🙂 It’s so cliche but it was so good it warranted me posting my first ever recipe comment/review ever. Just like, simple comfort food but done oh so well. Really happy I found your recipe. Thank you!

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    September 13, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Sorry, the BEST EGG SALAD EVER, EVER, EVER came from my first other-in-law. Chopped hard boiled eggs, chopped hamburger dill pickle slices, chopped onion, mayo and yellow mustard (just enough to get a real yellow color) and salt/pepper

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    October 29, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Love it! I threw in some of my favorite pickles (Bubbies! :D) and it really made the flavor pop! Thanks for sharing!

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    November 25, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    LOVE this recipe, absolutely the best egg salad ever!

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    February 8, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Great recipe! I paired mine with a whole wheat tortilla wrap and left out the bacon.

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    Beth Pierce

    February 15, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I fixed this last weekend for the family and they LOVED IT!

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    Angelina croom

    March 10, 2019 at 11:34 am

    I love it yummy salad eggs sandwich yes

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