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Elevate your lunch with classic egg salad

 

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Classic Egg Salad

Egg salad is best served freshly made, but it can be refrigerated up to 1 day in advance. Any one of the following ingredients would be a tasty addition: 4 teaspoons snipped fresh dill, 4 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley, 2/3 cup diced smoked ham, 2/3 cup diced steamed shrimp, 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika or 3 tablespoons diced roasted red pepper.

7 large eggs

1/4 cup regular or reduced-fat mayonnaise

2 1/4 teaspoons prepared mustard

1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

A few shakes hot sauce, or to taste (optional)

2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

Freshly ground pepper

Fill a mixing bowl with cold water.

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Use a slotted spoon to gently lower in the eggs, one at a time; cook for 12 minutes. Immediately remove the saucepan from the heat; use the slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to the bowl of cold water.

Place the bowl of eggs in the sink and run cold water into the bowl for 3 minutes. Lift out the eggs with the slotted spoon, pat them dry, then peel them. Cool for 10 minutes.

Whisk mayonnaise with mustard, vinegar and hot sauce in a small nonreactive bowl. Stir in the pickle relish and season with pepper to taste.

Place the eggs in a mixing bowl. Use a potato masher to lightly break them into small chunks. Spoon over and fold through the mayonnaise mixture, including any variation ingredients (see note above). Transfer the egg salad to an airtight container. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes about 1 3/4 cups, about 5 servings.

Per serving (using low-fat mayonnaise): 130 calories, 9 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 9 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 295 mg cholesterol, 280 mg sodium, 0 fiber, 2 g sugar.


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I ate egg salad sandwiches with my Grandma Lilly at various department store tea rooms a mountain of years ago. I love them still, though the kind I build today look a lot less trimmed, pale and polished. They are open-faced, perhaps with a liner of leafy greens and herbs, and topped sometimes with a crackle of nuts or seeds.

I’m inclined to bake a quick bread to use as the base for a big, creamy swipe of the savory salad: A slice of soda bread, tender inside and crusty on the edges, is my preferred surface. Choosy about bedding greens as well as bread, I am partial to baby arugula or spinach, radicchio, mizuna or watercress.

Egg salad is largely amenable to many flavor boosts, as you can see in the accompanying recipe’s variations. But honestly, it’s this fairly pure version I share with you that charms me the most.

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