This easy keto egg salad is super delicious and perfect for lunch meal prepping. Enjoy it with bacon and lettuce, with celery sticks, or on my Keto HOP bread as a tasty sandwich!
I’m posting this easy keto egg salad recipe because people have been requesting simple, packable, and dairy free lunch options.
I hadn’t made egg salad in YEARS but today I decided to make it for myself out of the blue, and then I thought why not post it – it fits all of the criteria above and makes a great addition to my free keto diet menu plans – especially the 5 Day Keto Soup Diet and Squeaky Clean Keto Challenge.
You can also eat this keto egg salad on the 5 Day Keto Egg Fast – but bear in mind that while the photos show bacon and lettuce here, for the egg fast you would be eating just the egg salad with some cheese chips. Click on the link above for more information about the egg fast and the free menu plan with recipes.
Tips for Making and Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs
In the recipe card below I include instructions on preparing the eggs for the salad – which is to boil them, cool them, and then peel them under running water. Some people prefer to make their hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, oven, or even in one of these nifty dash egg cookers which steam them.
For small batches of keto egg salad I like to boil them, because it’s easy and doesn’t require special equipment. How you cook them won’t affect the end result of this egg salad recipe, but it may make a difference in how easy they are to peel.
My best tip for easy to peel hard boiled eggs is to use eggs that are at least 2 weeks past the laying date (not the best by date). As more air permeates the shell over time, the membrane loosens and you can peel the shell from the egg very easily under running water.
Egg Float Test
My go to method for figuring out the freshness of my eggs is to do the float test – which I learned while living in Central America after getting sick from bad eggs a few times.
Always do this test right before using the eggs – once you submerge them you have to use them within a day.
- Fill a wide mouthed glass with about 6 inches of tepid water.
- Place your eggs into the water one at a time.
- If the egg sinks and lays on it’s side, it’s super fresh.
- If it sinks but stands upright – it’s perfect for hard boiled eggs that should peel easily.
- If your egg floats, even a little, toss it – it’s old and the shell is compromised.
Hopefully these tips help you make perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs every time – but because the eggs get chopped into egg salad in this recipe anyway, it doesn’t matter if they look a little chunky from messy peeling – so I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
The most important thing is to make sure all the shell bits are off, so nobody is biting into hard egg shells when eating your keto egg salad.