This egg salad with relish recipe delivers creamy richness along with sweet and tangy flavor all at the same time! It's delicious, easy to prep, and makes a great, high-protein snack.
Egg salad makes for a great breakfast, lunch, or snack. Heck, I've even had it for dinner! It’s comfort food at its best.
Want egg salad as a party appetizer? Just make my deviled eggs. They have all the same ingredients!
It’s the addition of the sweet pickle relish that elevates this egg salad. The sweetness and flavor in the relish works amazingly well with the other ingredients.
But let’s not forget about the most important ingredient: the eggs!
Since eggs are the main ingredient, it's critical that they are hard boiled correctly. We don't want green-ish yolks, rubbery egg whites, or jammy yolk centers going into this salad.
(Not to worry: I link to a post that explains how to correctly hard boil eggs so that you will have tender egg whites and fluffy yellow yolks, every time!)
Stick with me: I'll walk you through everything you need to know for making the perfect egg salad.
What is in egg salad?
Egg salad is made with chopped hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, yellow mustard, and sweet pickle relish.
Mayonnaise provides creamy richness.
Yellow Mustard adds just the right amount of tang.
Relish adds a wonderful sweetness and texture.
How to make egg salad with relish
Egg salad is very easy to make, but it all starts with properly cooked hard boiled eggs.
Step 1 - Hard boil the eggs
Follow my Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs - Every time: the eggs will have tender egg whites and fluffy yellow yolks. In that post, I also walk you through the best way to peel eggs.
Step 2 - Chop the eggs
Once eggs have been peeled, cut the eggs in half and lay them on the flat side. This makes chopping them much easier. Chop the eggs as chunky or fine as you like, based on whether you want a chunkier or smoother texture.
Step 3 - Mix all the ingredients
Add the chopped eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, pickle relish, and salt to a mixing bowl. Then, with a spatula, mix everything together until smooth and creamy all while being careful to not smash the tender egg white chunks.
Step 4 -Taste and adjust flavor
Now is the time to taste and adjust any flavors you want to enhance.
Is there enough tang? If not, add a bit more mustard.
Want more sweetness? Add some relish.
How’s the creaminess? Dollop in extra mayonnaise, if you like.
Flex this recipe according to your palate. There are no rules here.
How to eat egg salad
Egg salad sandwiches are always a go-to. Put it on bread, toast, croissants or even soft dinner rolls. You can never go wrong with a sandwich!
I love it open faced on my lightly toasted no knead rustic bread.
I have topped salads with it and even have eaten it right from the bowl as a snack. Don’t tell anyone 🙂
Is egg salad healthy?
There are two main ingredients to discuss when determine if egg salad is healthy: the eggs and the mayonnaise.
Read below and let me know your opinion, but our philosophy is everything in moderation.
Eggs: are they good for you?
Yes they are!
Eggs are low in calories and are packed with protein, vitamins and minerals. The egg whites are almost exclusively protein while the yolks contain vitamins and other nutrients.
You may be asking “what about all the cholesterol in eggs?” True, eggs are high in cholesterol, but…
Recent studies have shown that eating foods that are high in cholesterol does not negatively impact blood cholesterol for most people. There is even evidence showing that eggs can actually improve a person's good HDL cholesterol levels.
Want more info? Healthline has a great article on the health benefits of eggs.
Mayonnaise: that’s another story
Well, we can’t say many good things about mayo when it comes to nutrition. It’s very high in fat, although that's not necessarily a bad thing if you eat it in moderation.
One benefit of eating foods with some fat is that it leaves you feeling like you ate something a bit decadent and satisfying (the satiation effect). In my experience, low-fat foods leave me hungry in an hour or so.
If the fat is a concern, you have some options. First, you can opt for reduced fat mayo (but be aware that these are higher in sugar). Second, you can simply mix in less mayo and add in some extra mustard and/or relish for additional creaminess.
How long is egg salad good in the fridge?
First, you want to store your egg salad in a sealed bowl. Plastic wrap is fine as long as it has a good tight seal around the edge. I also suggest pressing it down over the surface of the egg salad.
You can keep egg salad in the refrigerator for 5 days when you store it this way.
PRO-TIP: Label your container with a piece of tape that has the 5 day expiration date written on it. This takes away the guesswork.
Is egg salad with relish keto?
This all depends on the relish you use. This recipe uses sweet relish, which does contain sugar. That's a no-no if you are following a keto diet.
Not to worry! You can simply swap the sweet pickle relish for dill pickle relish: you now have yourself a keto-friendly egg salad. This substitution tastes awesome too, because it adds a bit more tang.
Here is a breakdown of carbs with the dill pickle relish substitution:
|Hard boiled Egg, Large||.60|
|Dill Pickle Relish||0|
|Total Net Carbs |
I love to eat this keto egg salad on some zero carb bread or in a lettuce wrap.
Want another fantastic tasting low-carb snack? Check out our Keto Ham Salad Spread.
Or, for more party snacks, check out these favorites:
Deviled Eggs with Relish
Movie Theater Popcorn or Kettle Corn
Mini Peppers Stuffed with Goat Cheese
Pork Shrimp Wontons with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce
Michelle's Sweet & Zingy Asian Meatballs
That's it! I hope you enjoy this easy, healthy snack.
Stay safe, friends. Stay well.
- 4 Eggs, Large
- ¼ c Mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoon Sweet Relish
- 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
- ⅛ teaspoon salt (table salt)
- ⅛ teaspoon Pepper (optional)
- Start by making hard boiled eggs (see Recipe Note #1).
- Peel eggs, cut in half and lay them flat side down on cutting board. Chop to desired size.
- Add chopped eggs, mayonnaise, relish, mustard, salt & pepper to mixing bowl and stir.
- Taste and adjust flavor as necessary.
- Use my Perfect hard boiled eggs recipe.
- To make this recipe keto-friendly, substitute the sweet pickle relish with dill pickle relish (be sure to check the net carb count on the nutrition label).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: ½ cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 331mgCarbohydrates: 3gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate: if you are tracking this information for medical purposes, please consult a trusted external source. Thanks!