How To Make Southern Egg Salad

This Southern Egg Salad Recipe is just one of many that lay claim to the title of “Southern”. This is one of the better ones though. Absolutely delicious!

Southern Egg Salad

If you ask a dozen Southern grandma’s how to make southern egg salad you can expect to get a dozen different egg salad recipes! The only thing consistent would be the hard-cooked eggs.

Recipes are sometimes like that in the South. Just because it’s labeled Southern doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a definitive recipe!

I never knew my own grandma’s egg salad recipe from long ago but I remember eating egg salad sandwiches at her house a lot. Always good!

Personally, since that time, I’ve used dozens of southern egg salad recipes myself and each and everyone was my favorite at the time. I continue my quest for the perfect egg salad recipe!

What Do You Put In Southern Egg Salad?

I just recently discovered the recipe I’m presenting to you here. It’s my current favorite. It’s also the first one I’ve ever made that contained cheddar cheese and cream cheese! They add extra flavor and the cream cheese also helps to hold the egg salad together so it’s not so drippy.

The original recipe that this one evolved from did not contain onions or celery. That’s sacrilege in my opinion. Any self-respecting southern egg salad recipe must have onion and celery! So I added it.

Southern Egg Salad Recipe

This Southern Egg Salad Recipe is just one of many that lay claim to the title of "Southern". This is one of the better ones though. Absolutely delicious!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Southern Egg Salad Recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 195 kcal


  • 6 hard cooked eggs
  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • ¼ cup minced celery
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ t fresh cracked pepper


  1. Dice the eggs with an egg dicer. You can use a pastry blender or a fork but the results won't be the same.
  2. Add the onion, celery, cheddar cheese and pickle relish to the diced eggs and combine well.
  3. Combine the cream cheese, butter, mayonnaise and mustard. Fold the cream cheese mixture into the egg mixture.

Recipe Notes

It's ready to serve at this point, however you will have a more flavorful egg salad if you refrigerate it for a while to let the flavors blend!

How Long Does Egg Salad Last?

How long does egg salad last? Well, the answer to that question in my house is not very long!

Really though, how you handle it after it’s made will determine how long it will last. The first step is to use freshly hard-cooked eggs. Your overall storage time starts when the eggs are cooked!

After you make the egg salad if you’re not going to eat it all right away then it should be placed in an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator.

Bacteria grow rapidly at room temperatures ( between 40 °F and 140 °F). If you leave out your egg salad at room temperature longer than two hours you should probably throw it away!

How to tell if egg salad is bad?

The most obvious sign of spoiled egg salad is the odor. If there is a noticeable unpleasant smell from the salad then it definitely should be thrown away. Do not taste it first!

Properly cared for after making and properly stored under refrigeration egg salad will last for 3 to 5 days.

There’s no need to take a chance on spoiled egg salad. Eggs are cheap. If in doubt, throw it out!

Can You Freeze Egg Salad?

This recipe contains cream cheese. Dairy products do not freeze well at all. In addition to the cream cheese, there are hard-cooked eggs. Hard-cooked eggs do not freeze well. In addition to the cream cheese and hard-cooked eggs there is mayonnaise. Mayonnaise does not freeze well.

Don’t freeze Southern egg salad. You will be greatly disappointed!

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