Egg Salad with Pickles

Smooth, creamy, and rich, Egg Salad with Pickles is a classic recipe that is easy, tasty and versatile.  Make a sandwich or top lettuce for a quick, inexpensive lunch! Egg salad sandwich with beer

Is there any dish quite as down home classic as egg salad or chicken salad?  The final product is smooth and creamy—and full of flavor.  Especially if you load up your egg salad with pickles.  Yes, it’s a perfect comfort food!

In fact, Dill Pickle Egg Salad is so easy to make, it’s kind of like comfort food for the cook too!

Finally, I’m excited to say it’s a locavores delight.  The eggs, dill and even the cucumbers that became my dill pickle slices came right off the farm!  And there are lots more great farmer’s market recipes from my friends at the end of this post! 

Egg salad with pickles in sandwich

Why You’ll Love This

Tasty.  You can’t beat the rich, creamy goodness of egg salad whether it’s layered on a sandwich or topping a couple lettuce leaves!

Easy 5-ingredient recipe.  With just 5 ingredients, this comes together in a snap!  I even love the fact that you can dent the eggs when you peel them since it all gets smooshed together! 

Versatile.  Egg salad can be used in so many different ways and works for a variety of diets.  It’s vegetarian, low-carb and good in sandwiches or salads.  See How to Serve below for so many fun ideas!

Inexpensive.  Watching your pennies with inflation now?  Well, even made with my pricier organic farm eggs, this is a relatively inexpensive meal.  I even make my own pickles!

chop dill

What You’ll Need

Ingredient Notes

  • Mayonnaise. This adds creaminess and  holds the egg salad together.
  • Dill pickles. This adds the main (non-egg) flavor component.  You can use pickle relish if you prefer.  
  • Fresh dill. You can use dried dill if fresh is not available. The typical ratio for a dried herb substitution is to use 1/3 of the fresh amount.
  • Dijon Mustard. This provides another flavor boost.
  • Eggs. Use eggs that you have previously hard-cooked. 

Special Tools

  • No special tools are needed

Step by Step Directions

Chop peeled, hard-cooked eggs.  You can chop them finely or coarsely according to your preference.

Mix dressing ingredients.

mix dressing

Fold chopped eggs into dressing.

fold dressing into eggs

 Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

How to Serve

The classic way to serve egg salad is in a sandwich.  Happily, this will work beautifully with almost any type of bread.  Go healthy with whole wheat or classy with a croissant.  Or just pick your favorite bread or roll. 

But your options don’t stop there.  A fun and healthy idea is to serve egg salad over lettuce.  Go green salad style and top a pile of lettuce, or nestle a scoop inside a lettuce leaf.  The latter was styled beautifully by one of my book club members at a recent meeting.  Yum!

To really take advantage of summer’s bounty, you can even bring other vegetables into the mix.  You’ll impress everyone if you use egg salad to stuff a tomato or an avocado half!  Stuffed zucchini anyone?


According to, egg salad (as well as chicken, macaroni, etc salads) can be kept refrigerated for 3-4 days.  They do not freeze well.

Per the same source, hard-boiled eggs will stay fresh for a week (also refrigerated). Since this recipe comes together so easily, if you need to spread out servings, consider boiling all the eggs but making the salad in batches.

Egg salad with pickles in sandwich


Use Dill Pickle relish.  For a slightly spicier egg salad, you can make it with pickle relish.  That typically has other ingredients like peppers and onion for a flavor profile that’s a little more complex.

Add Herbs.  Want a little more flavor or just a change?  While I like my egg salad with dill, feel free shake up your herb mix with chives, parsley, tarragon or even thyme.

To smoosh or not to smoosh.  I like my egg salad a little chunkier so I hand cut the eggs.  I have heard that a potato masher works great for easy medium chunky egg salad.  My husband is a smoosher and goes at his eggs vigorously with a fork.  All good!

Egg salad with pickles in sandwich

Tips & FAQs

Why isn’t there any salt in this?  This egg salad is loaded with pickles which tend to be salty in the first place. But pickles and tastes can vary.  So if you think it needs salt,  go for it.

Is egg salad keto?  I didn’t run the carbs on this, but it’s definitely low carb.  Just serve it on lettuce or an avocado rather than bread!  Why didn’t I think of this when I was doing keto!

Have you heard about the peeled, hardboiled eggs at your grocers?  Our store has them in the dairy case and they can be a big time saver!  I especially love them for deviled eggs since they are always perfect (I struggle to peel cleanly).  While I usually eat local farm eggs, I don’t hesitate to take advantage of this when I need it!

How do I hard cook eggs?  Truthfully I look this up every time I do it! Here is one hard-cooked egg recipe and a second option ifyou want to check out some sources.hard cooking eggs

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Egg Salad with Pickles

Smooth, creamy, and rich, Egg Salad with Pickles is a classic recipe that is easy, tasty and versatile.  Make a sandwich or top lettuce for a quick, inexpensive lunch!
Author: Inger
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 8 eggs (hard-cooked and peeled)


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup chopped dill pickles
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard


  • Chop peeled, hard-cooked eggs. You can chop them finely or coarsely according to your preference.
  • Mix dressing ingredients.
  • Fold chopped eggs into dressing.
  • Serve immediately or store, covered, in refrigerator.
I am not a health professional and nutrition data is calculated programatically. Accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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10 thoughts on “Egg Salad with Pickles

  1. Lynn Wiese Sneyd

    Can’t wait to make this! Egg salad is one of my all-time favs. Usually make it without pickles, but love them!

    1. Inger Post author

      We bought like 20 dozen pullet eggs in April (unwashed so they keep better) to help out a farmer with young hens. This (and the Spinach Feta Quiche) are finally getting them used up! We just don’t go through the food we used to!

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