Egg Salad Without Mayo

This egg salad without mayo is most definitely not your grandma’s recipe. But it’s so surprisingly lovely we think you won’t miss the traditional version at all.

A slice of bread topped with egg salad without mayo n a white plate.

This egg salad made without mayo isn’t your grandma’s egg salad. Instead it’s crammed full of gently caramelized onions and olive oil and even garlic, and it’s so surprisingly lovely you just may find that you won’t miss the traditional mayonnaise. According to the author, it works hot or cold, in a sandwich or on top of salad greens, and we found this to be perfectly true. It perhaps even works best snuck straight from the skillet by the spoonful. (Uh, not that we do that…)–Renee Schettler Rossi

Egg Salad Without Mayo

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  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • Serves 4 to 8
4.9/5 - 7 reviews
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In a large skillet set over medium heat, heat the oil until it’s shimmering. Add the garlic and onions, stir to coat with the oil, and then cover. Cook, stirring now and then, until the garlic and onion are very soft, about 30 minutes. It may be necessary to reduce the heat slightly to keep them from scorching and to add a touch of olive oil if anything starts sticking to the skillet.

Remove the skillet from the heat. Use the back of a fork to mash the warm garlic and onion until the mixture is a soft, jam-like consistency. Push the onions and garlic to the side and use the back of the same fork to mash the eggs into a soft spread. Incorporate the mushy garlic-onion paste into the eggs and stir until fully incorporated. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the egg salad on toasted bread as a sandwich or with endive, crackers, or lettuce leaves as an hors d’oeuvre. Originally published March 26, 2016.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

The onion, garlic jam, and olive oil produced an egg salad so luscious that I didn’t even miss the mayonnaise. And I love mayonnaise. This made the perfect dollop for bite-sized leaves of Bibb lettuce. As I was cooking for one, I scaled down the recipe and used 2 hard-boiled eggs, 1 large clove of garlic, 1/4 of an onion, chopped, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. My onions and garlic were soft after 15 minutes and were the perfect consistency for me.

I did find that I wanted to put the eggs in the pan to wipe up all the garlicky olive oil. So I did. It was good on the lettuce, though I have to admit, it was even better eaten straight out of the pan right off the spoon.

This is a delicious take on egg salad. I was pleasantly surprised at how moist it turned out without any mayonnaise in the recipe. I served it as an appetizer with Triscuit crackers, and it was a big hit. The garlic and onion "jam" would also work well mixed with just the yolks for deviled eggs. I mashed the garlic and onions with a potato masher as they cooked.

Such an easy, delicious, and unique egg salad recipe. The onion and garlic jam provided an interesting flavor that made you forget that there were very few other ingredients in the salad. I used high-quality eggs from our farm share, and I'd recommend using super-fresh quality eggs for a rich flavor. It was missing some of the creaminess that I love in a classic egg salad. Still, with good ingredients, this egg salad is delicious.

This is probably not your grandma's mayo egg salad. The onion and garlic jam makes it seem so much more sophisticated and flavorful without a ton of effort. I served this as suggested with romaine hearts for lunch, and I nearly had the entire bowl! I had to add another 2 to 3 teaspoons oil while cooking the onion and garlic mixture because it started to stick to the pan.

I loved this egg salad recipe. Super easy, no mayo involved, very new and interesting taste, and a great low-calorie option (well, for egg salad, that is). We ate it spread on romaine leaves as an appetizer, and everybody loved it.

The next day, I ate the leftovers over thinly sliced chicken breast, which was delightful as well. Definitely a keeper. I tried mashing everything with a spoon, a spatula, and a fork. The fork worked best by far.

This was not my grandmother's egg salad; nonetheless, it was delicious. When I read the recipe, I couldn't imagine that I would like it, but the first taste had me convinced otherwise. I made a half recipe and found that it worked perfectly. I used a Vidalia onion, as that was what I had on hand. Its sweetness proved to be delicious in this recipe. The taste reminded me of the egg and onion salad that they sell at my local bagel store.

Mushrooms would be a great addition to this. Also, I usually throw out a couple of the yolks in the interest of lowering my cholesterol intake. I didn't do it this time, but I think that the final product would remain delicious for anyone who prefers more egg whites than yolks.

We ate it as egg salad sandwiches on whole-grain bread, but I would imagine it would be fabulous on a freshly baked bagel or even some crackers. It would be great with a salad and would even be nice with a slice of beautifully ripened tomato or some avocado. It's egg salad. Everyone can figure out what to do with it. The important thing is that you will not miss the mayo. And the recipe simply involves a bit of chopping, peeling eggs, and mashing the salad together. Use plenty of salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Very easy to make and very enjoyable, especially when you are very hungry and need something quick. (I like to keep the egg salad prepared in the refrigerator.) The onion was easy to mash with garlic after it was thoroughly cooked. I served it as a side salad with meat and on toast with a slice of tomato.

The aroma as the onion and garlic slowly cooked and the taste of the finished egg salad were fantastic. I had trouble smashing the cooked onions and garlic, so after everything was cooked, I gave it a whir in my food processor. This egg salad is slightly dry compared to one with mayonnaise. That's okay, though, because the flavor is really good. If you don't have hard-boiled eggs on hand, it will take another 10 to 15 minutes. Start the eggs before going on to the onions and garlic so that you aren't waiting around. I used pita bread and made sandwiches.


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  1. I haven’t been keeping mayo on hand recently. I don’t use it much and I always tell myself I can make it, but when I do I cannot use the smallest recipe before it goes bad. Went to make egg salad only to find mold on the last batch of mayo. Given that mayo is mostly oil and a little egg it seemed to me there might be directions on-line for just using olive oil. And maybe there are, but I found this first. I was not attentive to my cooking onions so they got much browner in spots than this recipe contemplates. Did not hurt a thing. Since I’m using this to make sandwiches I needed it to hang together pretty well and not just to dab onto a cracker. To that end I drizzled a little extra olive oil on and added a squirt of brown mustard. Then refrigerated. It’s fantastic. Also, I made only a half batch–4 eggs and used only one large garlic clove. May use the full compliment next time. Or maybe some capers. Or cornichons next time. Or maybe not.

  2. This was a different take on egg salad when you have no mayo on hand. I added a wedge of laughing cow herb and garlic. Helped bind it together as well as a richer flavor. Ate as a sandwich and would make again.

  3. I used a food processor to mash the onion and garlic and it was a perfect consistency which made the mixture very creamy. I love this.

  4. The egg salad was very good. I just had it on toast but think wrapped in lettuce leaves would be great. I did not miss the mayo.

    1. Thanks Karen. We’re so glad we can at least help you eat well during quarantine. Can’t wait to hear what you try next.

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