Egg Salad Sandwiches: A Versatile and Nutritious Lunch Option

Egg Salad Sandwiches: A Versatile and Nutritious Lunch Option

Egg salad sandwiches have been a popular lunch option in the United States since the early 1900s. This simple and traditional recipe has gained popularity due to its creamy mayonnaise and tangy Dijon mustard combination, mixed with finely chopped hard-boiled eggs, scallions, and celery. The dish’s versatility makes it an excellent addition to various types of dishes, sandwiches, and salads.

However, the traditional recipe may not always be the most nutritious. To increase its nutrient content, consider using whole grain bread instead of white bread, and light or low-fat mayonnaise or Greek yogurt instead of regular mayonnaise to reduce the fat content. Additionally, adding vegetables like lettuce, tomato, or cucumber will provide more nutrients.

To make a nutritious egg salad sandwich, finely chop hard-boiled eggs, scallions, and celery, and mix them with light mayonnaise or Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Spread the mixture onto a slice of whole grain bread and add lettuce and tomato, if desired. Top it off with another slice of bread, and you have a nutritious sandwich ready to enjoy.


Course Eggs and Luncheon Dishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author N. J. Sorensen, RDN


  • 6 each eggs hard-boiled
  • 1 bunch scallions — finely chopped
  • 1 each celery rib — finely chopped
  • salt and pepper — to taste
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard — to taste


  • Prepare hard boil eggs. When cool, remove the shells from the egg, and discard. Dry eggs and chop coarsely. In a large bowl, place eggs, scallions, celery, and season with salt and pepper, and mix well. Add mayonnaise and mix to bind mixture together. Stir in mustard to taste. Serve cold.

Variations of the dish include adding ingredients like pickles or capers for additional flavor and texture. You can also use different types of mustard or mayonnaise for a unique taste. Remember, making simple changes to the recipe can significantly improve its nutrient content, making it a healthy and delicious option for lunch or a snack.