Quick and Easy Egg Salad Sandwich

Classic egg salad sandwich, with chopped hard boiled eggs, green onion, celery, mayonnaise and a dash of curry powder, served on toasted bread.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

An egg salad sandwich is one of the easiest sandwiches in the world to make, especially if you have some hard boiled eggs already made. Add little chopped celery for crunch, some green onions or chives for the green factor, a dash of salt and pepper for seasoning, and a spoonful of mayonnaise to bind everything together. Easy!

There is one more ingredient that will give your simple egg salad a special zing, and that is a dash of curry powder. Not only will the curry powder give your egg salad a gentle spicy lift, it will give it a bit more color as well.

To mayo or not to mayo? You can substitute the mayonnaise with some ripe avocado; if you do that you’ll need to add some vinegar or lemon juice for an acidic component, and add more salt than you would expect. Personally I prefer egg salad with a hefty amount of mayonnaise. That said, the amount of mayonnaise is completely a matter of taste.

Updated from the recipe archive. First posted 2005.

Quick and Easy Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes one sandwich

This recipe is for a one egg sandwich. If you would like more egg salad in your sandwich, or if you are making more sandwich, you can easily scale up this recipe.


  • 1 hard-boiled* egg (large), peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp mayonnaise (to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped celery
  • 1 Tbsp chopped green onion or chives
  • A pinch of curry powder
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Lettuce
  • 2 slices white, wheat, multigrain, or rye bread, toasted or plain

* To make hard boiled eggs, place a few eggs in a saucepan, cover with at least an inch of water, preferable 2 inches. Cover the pan and bring the water to a boil. As soon as the water begins to boil, remove the pan from heat and let it sit, covered, for 10-12 minutes. Drain the water from the pan, add ice water to cool the eggs, let sit a couple minutes longer.


1 Mash up the chopped egg a bit with a fork. Mix together the chopped hard-boiled egg, mayonnaise, celery and onion. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and curry powder to taste. Mix with a spoon.

2 Toast your bread slices if making the sandwich with toast. Put a layer of lettuce on one slice of bread, spread the egg mixture on top of the lettuce, put another slice of bread on top.

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  • Doris Vest

    After boiling my eggs, I chop up the eggs, add chopped onions, celery, bell pepper and sour pickles, then add Miracle Whip to your taste. Serve on toasted bread.


    thanx for the recipe. My lil gal said mom u’re wonderful.

  • Katherine Rose

    Thanks! I just finished making this for lunch tomorrow!

  • Norm

    I’m a guy who can’t cook very good but
    egg salad sounded pretty good, so i tried it and yup, made two great toasted egg salad sandwiches and they came out great. Thanks!

  • Judy B.

    After chopping the eggs (we make 4-5 eggs), our favorite recipe is pretty easy and very tasty. Penzeys has a wonderful all-purpose “salt-free” seasoning called Mural of Flavor. In the bowl of chopped eggs, I add a dollop of mayonnaise, then top it with a teaspoon of Mural of Flavor, another teaspoon of dill relish, a pinch of onion powder, a couple grinds of fresh black pepper and blend it all into the mayo before folding it into the eggs. If it’s not wet enough, add a little more mayo until it’s the consistency you like. A sprinkle of smoked paprika on top and you’re good to go. We like this mixture on a toasted hoagie roll with shredded lettuce and chopped flat leaf parsley. The Mural of Flavor is so delicious, you can actually avoid using salt. Very interesting to see all the various additions to egg salad!

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