Lightened Up Egg Salad

Lightened Up Egg Salad #healthy #recipe

Note: I have revisited this recipe from my archives and updated it with new photos and an improved recipe. Enjoy!

I developed this egg salad recipe for my husband, who asked me to create a lighter version of deli-style egg salad. First, I eliminated half of the egg yolks and cut down on the mayo to reduce calories and cholesterol. To make up for the flavor and richness of the yolks, I added fresh dill as well as dill pickles for saltiness and crunch. Instead of regular mustard I used whole grain Dijon, which I absolutely love. The result is something my husband enjoys on a regular basis. It makes a great sandwich; try serving it on whole grain toast, sourdough, rye or pumpernickel bread. Or, if you’re watching your waistline, you can add a scoop on top of your favorite green salad.

Try subbing regular mustard for a different flavor. To reduce cholesterol even further, you can use Vegannaise instead of mayo. This salad can be made gluten free with a certified GF mustard and mayonnaise. Enjoy!

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Lightened Up Egg Salad #healthy #recipe

Lightened Up Egg Salad


  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 6 hard boiled egg whites
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced dill
  • 1 large dill pickles, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Servings: 5-6
Kosher Key: Pareve
  • Dice the hard boiled eggs into small pieces.
  • Lightened Up Egg Salad #healthy #recipePlace the hard boiled eggs in a salad bowl. Add mayonnaise, mustard, fresh dill, and dill pickles to the bowl.
  • Lightened Up Egg Salad #healthy #recipeMix gently with a spoon till combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Lightened Up Egg Salad #healthy #recipeChill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve in a sandwich or scoop on salad.
  • Lightened Up Egg Salad #healthy #recipe

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  1. Excellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 stars
    Tori, Great recipe! I LOVE that you don’t use EGG YOLKS! With the vegannaise it’s delicious this way and so HEALTHY! THANKS SO MUCH!!!


    1. I can see egg yolks in this recipe. Did you not notice them? I love egg yolks and they contain good cholesterol.

    2. Rachel, I think that Yolanda missed the fact that the recipe calls for 6 whole eggs and 6 egg whites. I like yolks too (which is why they’re in there), but have cut back on them in this recipe because they add calories to the salad and this version is “lightened up.” :)

    3. Moshereu you won’t find raw onion in anything on this site. I can’t stand uncooked onion. It’s just a personal taste thing. Feel free to add it if you’d like!

  2. Just had to go into the kitchen and make this. I had all the ingredients, and your photo looked so gooooood. I agree with you, it works perfectly with egg whites, the pickle makes up for the flavor of the yolks. The dill is a great touch, too!



  3. a friend turned me on to your blog, what wonderful recipes! always been curious about jewish food. keep up the good work =)

  4. Very good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 stars
    Tried this for a lunch mtg. we had today, I needed to make a sandwich tray so I thought why not? Served w/ tuna turkey and roast beef sammies. It was so good! I used all the yolks but I think I could have cut out half like u suggested and it still would be fine. The pickles are a great idea and I never tried fresh dill but mmm boy it was a nice flavor. Thanx for the idea can’t wait to see what u post next

  5. This makes me hungry just reading it can’t wait to try! BTW I’m a shiska too, I’ve been following your blog for a month or so, super interesting and fun with GREAT food ideas. Luv it!

    1. Celia Soudry Fleck I have this funny little egg slicing device that does the trick, but I have to slice it twice in the device, then I have to run the knife through the pile of eggs a few times to chop up the bigger bits. It does help to make nice, even little dice cubes though…

  6. I would like to try this sometime although I do like my egg salad. I use a little dried mustard, diced celery for the crunch, dill, S&P and mayo. I don’t worry too much about getting the eggs uniformly chopped. It doesn’t last long enough for anyone to care. Definitely one of my favorite Sandwiches.

  7. Very good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 starsVery good - 4 stars
    Yum! We eat a lot of egg salad at my house so I like the idea of a lightened-up version. We add green olives instead of pickles to our egg salad. It’s an Upstate NY thing.

  8. The brown colored spices in the photo seem like more than a dash of salt and pepper. Is there any other secret ingredient?

  9. Excellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 stars
    Kristi Fivek Davis said that she uses a potatoe masher. Have you tried a dough cutter.
    I’ve been using one for years, and it works beautifully. The eggs come out uniformly, and not as big as Tori’s.
    Another thing that I’ve found. Instead of a diced dill pickle, try using dill pickle realish. Amazing! It’s also great in tuna salad.

  10. What I meant by a dough cutter was a PASTRY dough cutter. To a professional, a dough cutter is used to cut bread dough into smaller pieces.

    Hope this helps.

    1. I understood what you meant. :) I use my pastry cutter for things other than pastry, too… it’s great for slicing up tender things in a hurry, like bananas.

  11. Excellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 stars
    Fabulous! Best egg salad I have ever made! Great for Weight Watchers too. I halved the recipe and it made enough for five servings. On a thin bagel…perfect!

  12. I never really understand recipes such as this one. It calls for eggs, eggwhites. Hmm, why not just say a dozen eggs, either way it comes out to mean the same thing. Just my opinion!!

    1. Because, Alexis, if I said a dozen whole eggs it wouldn’t be accurate. I have omitted six of the yolks, thus leaving 6 whole eggs and six eggs without their yolks.

  13. Your recipes sound delicious. Is there any way you could include carb counts? Diabetics would find that most helpful.

    Love your blog!

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