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July 24, 2011

Recipe for lemon-dill egg salad {vegetarian}

Lemon-dill egg salad, a fresh twist on the classic. #vegetarian

Eggs, Miracle Whip, black pepper: that's been my absolutely-perfect egg salad formula for decades. Until now. I can't explain what drove me out of my comfort zone last weekend, but I woke up with a need to have not just any egg salad, but this one. I put some eggs on to boil, padded out into the herb garden in my pajamas to harvest dill and parsley, and zested the single lemon sitting on the counter top. A few more ingredients from the pantry brought everything together, and voila! New and improved, absolutely-perfect lemon-dill egg salad. I'm planning to make this my favorite for the next few decades. It's that good.

Lemon and dill egg salad, a fresh twist on the classic sandwich. #vegetarian

Lemon-dill egg salad

From the pantry, you'll need: eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon, fresh herbs, fresh black pepper.

Serves 2.

Ingredients

4 large eggs
2 Tbsp mayonnaise (Hellmanns, or homemade)
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp chopped fresh dill weed
1 tsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
1/4 cup chopped celery (1 large stalk)

Directions

Place the eggs in a sauce pan, and cover by 1 inch with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat. As soon as the water boils, cover the pot and remove from heat. Let sit for 13 minutes. Drain, soak in cold water until the eggs are cool enough to handle, and peel. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon zest, dill, parsley and black pepper. Toss in the celery and the eggs. Use a fork to break the eggs up into rough pieces, and stir all ingredients together until well combined.

Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be made up to a day ahead.

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More egg recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Deconstructed spinach salad
Homemade mayonnaise and egg salad
"Smoked" egg salad
Italian style omelet appetizer
Deviled eggs

Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Curried egg salad, from 101 Cookbooks
Jalapeño egg salad, from Homesick Texan
Bacon and avocado egg salad, from Food Renegade
Egg salad quesadillas, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Confetti egg salad with olives, pimentos, salami, scallions, and parsley, from Farmgirl Fare

Lemon-dill egg salad, a new summer favorite.

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Comments

It looks every bit as good as you say. What a gorgeous photo.

I know what you mean about waking with a need to make something, and nothing else will do. Sometimes it is inspiration, sometimes craziness, but this sounds like it was inspiration. Egg salad is one of those foods that comes and goes with me. When I have to have it I'll eat it everyday for a week or two, then not again for months. I'll file this for the next time I have to have it.

I love egg salads, and like you, rediscover it every once in a while!

I love the combo of lemon zest and dill. You were the one that got me hooked on Miracle Whip, so I'm going to trust you on this and take the plunge. :-)

Sounds good and I'm finally getting a tiny bit of dill in my garden! I'll have to skip the Miracle Whip though in favor of mayo for mine.

Maris, truly delicious. The lemon just takes it to a whole new place.

Donna, egg salad is definitely a craving food (when I was a kid, my friends divided into tuna salad or egg salad people, and I was a tuna salad person). I love how the lemon really perks it up.

Pam, I'm deep into an egg salad phase now, but it will pass, for a while, and then it will come back.

TW, Kalyn: This is actually a non-Miracle Whip recipe! I went with Hellmann's and it was perfect.

Absolutely delicious!! Have a happy Sunday :)

Your description of how the impulse to create moved you from the kitchen to the herb garden is classic! You've reminded me of a long period in elementary school when I would eat only an egg salad sandwich for lunch, every day.
And Hellman's -- we're disappointed in the changes they've made, and use a good clean store brand (usually Cain's) instead. I think it's more like Hellman's than Hellman's itself.

I have so many freshly laid eggs and never make egg salad -- now I inspired (must be the dijon and fresh herbs).

Mari, thanks! I hope you have a lovely day, too.

Susan, egg salad was one of the few things my mother could make (along with tuna salad and PB&J, which I detested and still do). You know I'm partial to Miracle Whip, but I do like Hellmann's in this salad.

Elizabeth, I'm jealous of your fresh eggs. They'll be delicious with lemon, mustard and herbs in this egg salad.

I love how you set this up. It is a beautiful picture and I am sure it tastes better than that.

I threw a 'waffle' party over the weekend and now have a ton of eggs left over. I cannot wait to make this. It looks absolutely delicious!

Casey, thanks so much. I love these photos, too.

EB, what kinds of waffles did you make?

mm hmm good! Looks delish.

mmmmmmmmm. I love lemon. I love egg salad. This is like "company egg salad" (kinda fancy)but I won't wait for company to make this! I sometimes bring a hard boiled egg or two to work and just peel and mash with a packet of mayo and a packet of mustard and s/p - all of these things can be found in my office kitchen!

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