|Main ingredient(s)||Eggs, mayonnaise, spices, herbs|
Egg salad is part of a tradition of salads involving a high-protein, low-carbohydrate, but usually high-fat food mixed with seasonings in the form of herbs, spices, and other foods, and bound with mayonnaise. Its siblings include chicken salad, crab salad, ham salad, lobster salad, and tuna salad.
Egg salad is often used as a sandwich filling, typically made of chopped hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, minced celery and onion, salt, black pepper, and paprika. It is also often used as a topping on green salads.
Egg salad can be made creatively with any number of other cold foods added. Bacon, bell pepper, capers, cheese, cucumber, onions, lettuce, pickle relish, and pickles are common additional ingredients.
A closely related sandwich filler is egg mayonnaise, wherein chopped hard-boiled egg is mixed with mayonnaise only.
A Russian variant is called the Olivier salad.
Egg salad can spoil if not refrigerated. This results in illness if consumed.
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