A Chef’s Secret for the Best Egg Salad

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If you ask me what’s my go-to food, my answer is always the same: salad. But not just any salad—egg salad! I love salads in general. They’re light, fresh, and delicious, and you can make them so quickly. My mom often laughs when she asks me what I had for dinner, and my answer is egg salad. She always teases, “Do you eat anything other than egg salad, girl?” Well, I do, but there’s something about a good egg salad that keeps me coming back for more.

I thought I had mastered the art of making egg salad, but it turns out there’s a secret ingredient that makes it even more delicious. And who did I learn this from? None other than the fabulous Chef Carla Hall. She shared this game-changing tip on Instagram, and it completely transformed my egg salad game.

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First, let’s talk about the basics of making egg salad. The ingredients are simple and probably already in your kitchen: eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, onion, chives, salt, and pepper. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making a basic egg salad:

Boil the Eggs: Start with six large eggs. Place them in a saucepan, cover them with cold water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and let the eggs sit in the hot water for about 10-12 minutes. After that, transfer them to a bowl of ice water to cool.

Peel and Chop: Peel the eggs once they are cool enough to handle. Traditionally, you’d chop them up, but hold on—here’s where Carla Hall’s magic comes in.

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Now, here’s the secret that takes your egg salad from ordinary to extraordinary: separate the whites from the yolks. It’s a technique similar to making deviled eggs but with a twist for egg salad.

Separate and Tear: Carefully separate the whites from the yolks. Tear the egg whites into small pieces and place them in a bowl.

Crumble the Yolks: Crumble the yolks on top of the torn egg whites. This separation of textures is key to achieving a creamier egg salad.

Mix the Mayo Mixture: In a separate bowl, combine about half a cup of mayonnaise with a tablespoon of mustard, some finely chopped onion (about a quarter cup), chopped chives (a couple of tablespoons), salt, and pepper to taste. Mix these non-egg ingredients thoroughly.

Combine and Stir: Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the egg whites and yolks. Stir gently until everything is well combined and creamy.

So why does separating the whites from the yolks make for a creamier egg salad? The crumbled yolks mix more smoothly with the mayonnaise, creating a velvety texture that coats the egg whites perfectly. Instead of chunky bits of egg floating in mayo, you get a cohesive, creamy consistency in every bite.


Now that you have this fantastic egg salad, let’s talk about how to serve it. The beauty of egg salad lies in its versatility. Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy it:

Classic Sandwich: Spread a generous amount of egg salad between two slices of soft bread. Add some lettuce for a bit of crunch, and maybe a slice of tomato if you’re feeling fancy. It’s perfect for a quick lunch.

On Crackers: For a light snack, spoon some egg salad onto your favorite crackers. It’s an easy, no-fuss option that’s great for entertaining guests or a midday bite.

Stuffed in Tomatoes: Hollow out some ripe tomatoes and fill them with egg salad. This makes for a delightful and visually appealing dish that’s great for brunch or a light dinner.

Lettuce Wraps: If you’re looking for a low-carb option, spoon egg salad into large lettuce leaves. It’s fresh, crunchy, and satisfying.

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Egg Salad Bowl: For a deconstructed approach, place a scoop of egg salad on a bed of mixed greens. Add some sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber for a healthy and colorful meal.

Egg salad is such a simple dish, yet it offers endless possibilities. With Carla Hall’s secret of separating the whites from the yolks, you can elevate this humble salad to new heights. It’s creamy, flavorful, and incredibly satisfying. Whether you’re making a quick lunch or preparing a dish for a gathering, egg salad is a classic that never disappoints.

So next time you’re in the mood for something light, fresh, and delicious, remember this secret tip. Your egg salad will be the talk of the table, and who knows, you might even convert some skeptics into egg salad lovers.