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Southern Style Egg Salad Recipe

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Southern Style Egg salad has been a staple dish in American cuisine for centuries and continues to be a favorite among many. It is simple to prepare, versatile, and delicious, making it a perfect option for weekdays and weekends.

Southern egg salad lettuce boat.
Egg Salad Lettuce Boats

Southern cuisine is known for its comfort foods and its use of bold flavors. This southern egg salad recipe is no exception. With its unique blend of ingredients and spices, it sets itself apart from the classic egg salad recipe.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the traditional Southern twist on this classic dish. From selecting the freshest ingredients to cooking the eggs just right, we’ll guide you through the process of creating a delicious and satisfying egg salad.

Whether you’re serving it for a quick lunch or for a family gathering, this southern egg salad recipe is sure to impress. So, let’s get started!

A Brief History of Southern Egg Salad

As with many foods, the history of where they started is sometimes unclear. There are many people who claim to have been the first to come up with a recipe or dish when in fact information did not travel as fast back then or was lost, so the history is unclear. Egg salad is somewhat this way as well.

According to the Tasting Table, an earlier version may have come from an Old English recipe called Salmagundi.

What we have come to know as Egg Salad in the United States first turned up in a newspaper article from 1899 in Hamilton, Ohio, that did not use mayonnaise but rather butter instead. From there the recipe was tweaked over the years until we have the recipe that we do today.

As with most foods in the South, similar to Tuna Salad, many of the popular dishes were made out of necessity. Finding meals that were high in protein but cheap to make was important to stretch a dollar.

Most families had chickens and therefore had eggs. Eggs were cheap and made a cheap meal that was high in protein.

Chickens Eating | Photo By Magda Ehlers

Furthermore, Since they were eaten often in the South, they became a staple and favorite of families. Egg salad sandwiches were served throughout the summertime as a lunchtime favorite sandwich, at church gatherings, wedding showers, and baby showers.

Just like Egg Salad, many people love Tuna Salad sandwiches as well. If you love Tuna Salad sandwiches, you need to try my recipe for it. Tuna Salad and Egg Salad go hand in hand!

Egg salad sandwhich.
Southern Style Egg Salad Sandwich

Nothing is better as a kid on hot summer days than this perfect sandwich. The simple egg salad sandwich has become a staple in many southern homes because of this.

If you love egg salad, I know you will love this deviled egg recipe. Likewise, they both are similar in taste but Deviled eggs are bite size finger food.

Southern Egg Salad Ingredients

This easy recipe starts with just simple ingredients. The basics are eggs, mayo, mustard, salt, and pepper. Ingredients are mixed up as a bound salad and served on just plain white bread or as a spread on crackers. For a low-carb or Keto option, serve it on a bed of lettuce. Either way is a great way to enjoy this delicious recipe.

Eggs

You want to use the freshest eggs you can get. If you can get fresh eggs from a friend or neighbor who has chickens, this will make the best egg salad recipe.

Fresh Eggs being added to a pot of water to make hard boiled eggs.
Fresh Eggs

In case you do not have access to fresh farm eggs, do not fret, you will still get an excellent-tasting recipe from eggs bought at the grocery store. This recipe calls for 8 large eggs.

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is the binder that holds the salad together. Also, this ingredient gives this dish its creamy texture and tang.

We prefer to use Duke’s Mayonnaise but any mayo will do. Duke’s Mayonnaise is what gives the egg salad its southern bold flavor.

Some people may prefer Miracle Whip or Hellman’s mayo so if you cannot find Duke’s Mayo, you can use what you prefer or what you can find locally. This recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise.

Mustard

We use yellow mustard in this southern egg salad recipe. Yellow mustard gives the egg salad its classic yellow color but also offers a crisp, tart, and tangy flavor. It also gives some acidity to the dish.

Anytime you have a rich dish, having some acid helps mellow out the richness. This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard.

Salt and Black Pepper

Salt and Black pepper to taste. We prefer to use sea salt in most of our cooking. The reason is that table salt or iodized salt can give a chemical taste and alter the flavor slightly.

ground black pepper and sea salt.

Optional ingredients

  • Celery- Celery will give the dish some crunch and a savory flavor. To incorporate celery, try adding 1 stalk of celery chopped.
  • Chopped Dill Pickles or Dill Relish – Many Southerners will add dill pickles to the egg salad. This gives a sour and tangy flavor as well as some crunch. Try adding 1 dill pickle chopped or 1 teaspoon of dill relish.
  • Sweet Pickle Relish– Some recipes call for sweet relish instead of dill pickles. This is an option that you may like. Use 1 teaspoon of sweet pickle relish.
  • Old Bay Seasoning- If you want to kick up the flavor, add 1 teaspoon of old bay seasoning.
Old Bay Seasoning | Photo from McCormick
  • Green onion– One spring of green onion adds a nice flavor as well as some color that makes this dish stand out.
  • Red Onion– Red onion will add a little bite or sharpness to the flavor profile as well as a bright color contrast.
  • Paprika– Paprika has a slightly smoky flavor and pairs well with deviled eggs or egg salad. It is also used to add some color.

Substitutions

  • Mayonnaise– If you do not have mayo or would rather use something else, you can substitute it with plain Greek yogurt.
  • Mustard- You can substitute the Yellow mustard with Dijon mustard or Stone Ground Mustard. Use the same amount.

How To Make Egg Salad-Instructions

Egg Preparation-Boiling and Peeling the Eggs.

  • The first thing you will need to do is make hard-boiled eggs.
  • Place eggs in a large stock pot half full of water.
Fresh Eggs being added to a pot of water to make hard boiled eggs.
Adding Eggs To A Pot Of Water
  • The boil times will vary, but once the water starts to boil, I set my timer for 10 minutes. This process can also be done in an instant pot.
  • Remove from the burner and pour water out. Fill the pot back up with cold water or ice water.
Adding Cold Water To The Pot To Cool The Eggs Off
  • Once the eggs have cooled, you want to peel them.
Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

Making The Egg Salad

  • Cut eggs in half. Remove the Yolk and add to a large bowl.
cutting eggs in half.
Cutting Eggs in Half To Remove Egg Yolk
  • Using a fork, break up the egg yolks.
Smash up egg yolks.
Mashing Up Egg Yolks
  • Add in Mayo and Mustard.
add in mayo.
Adding Mayonnaise
add in mustard.
Adding Yellow Mustard
  • Next, mix up well.
mix all ingredients up.
Mixing Egg Yolks, Mayo, and Mustard Together
  • Chop up the egg whites and add to the bowl.
chopping up egg whites.
Chopping Egg Whites
Add om egg whites.
Add Egg Whites to The Bowl
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
add in salt.
Adding Salt
add in black pepper.
Adding Black Pepper
  • Mix all ingredients well until all are incorporated.

How to Serve Southern Egg Salad

There are many different ways to serve egg salad. The traditional way to serve this classic southern recipe is on white bread as a sandwich.

Egg salad is a soft and delicate texture salad, therefore having bread with some structure pairs well with it. One of my favorite types of bread to eat is egg salad on sourdough bread. As well as that, wheat bread is also a nice selection.

Egg salad can also be served with crackers and at this point, the egg salad would be like a dip. One other way that egg salad can be served is on a bed of lettuce or in a lettuce wrap. This would also make the southern egg salad recipe carb-friendly and/or Keto-friendly.

Southern style egg salad in a bowl with crackers.
Egg Salad and Crackers

What to Eat with Egg Salad

In Conclusion

Southern Egg Salad is such a quick recipe to make. Also, It is a great go-to sandwich for kids during the summertime and it is a classic recipe.

This simple dish goes great on your favorite bread, but can also be served on crackers or in a more keto-friendly way such as on a lettuce wrap. It is full of healthy protein and tastes great.

Pinterest picture for Southern Style Egg Salad.

FAQ’s

How Many Eggs Do You Need For Egg Salad?

This recipe calls for 8 eggs. This recipe will make approximately 6 whole sandwiches.

How Can I Store Egg Salad and How Long Does Egg Salad Last?

You can store egg salad in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

How Long Should I Boil My Eggs For Egg Salad?

I bring my water up to a rolling boil and then set a timer for 10 minutes. This gives me a soft yellow center.

Can You Freeze Egg Salad?

You can freeze egg salad if you prefer. Just know that it will change its texture and may not be as good as fresh. Many commercial-made egg salads are shipped frozen.

Are you supposed to eat egg salad cold?

Egg salad is best if eaten cold but you can eat it right away while it is still warm if you prefer.

Can I Make Egg Salad with Greek Yogurt?

Yes. If you do not like or want to use mayonnaise, you can make egg salad with Greek Yogurt.

How long to boil eggs for egg salad?

Once the water starts to boil, I typically set my timer for 10 to 12 minutes. This is the best alternative to Egg Salad without mayo.

How can I make Curried Egg Salad?

It is simple to transform this classic egg salad recipe into a curried Egg Salad recipe. All you do is add these ingredients to the recipe above. Add in 1 stalk of celery (finely chopped), 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, and 1 teaspoon of Curry powder.

Thanks for checking out Southern Food Junkie. We truly appreciate you stopping by. We hope you enjoy this southern-style egg salad recipe.

-Ronnie | Let’s Get Food Junked
Yield: 6 Sandwiches

Southern Style Egg Salad Recipe

Southern Style Egg Salad.
Southern Style Egg Salad Recipe

Egg salad has been a staple dish in American cuisine for centuries and continues to be a favorite among many. It is simple to prepare, versatile, and delicious, making it a perfect option for both weekdays and weekends.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of Yellow Mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Black Pepper

Instructions

Egg Preparation

  • The first thing you will need to do is boil your eggs.
  • Place eggs in a large stock pot half full of water. The boil times will vary, but once the water starts to boil, I set my timer for 10 minutes. This process can also be done in an instant pot.
  • Remove from the burner and pour water out. Fill the pot back up with cold water or ice water. Once the eggs have cooled, you want to peel them and then chop the eggs up.

Making Egg Salad

  • Cut eggs in half. Remove the yolk and add to a large bowl.
  • Using a fork, break up the egg yolks
  • Add in mayonnaise and yellow mustard.
  • Mix all ingredients well until all are incorporated.
  • Chop up egg whites and add to the bowl.
  • Add salt and black pepper.
  • Mix all ingredients until well incorporated.

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