Not-Your-Grandma's Egg Salad Sandwich

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

Those who know me can attest that I am always looking for ways to elevate and/or improve upon what might ordinarily be considered "boring" or "basic" recipes. This occasionally bugs some of my purist friends who believe that one shouldn't mess with tradition, but it's not that I don't respect traditional recipes and methods. On the contrary, I am a classically trained professional chef, and I am fascinated by how food connects us to our past and to each other. But I don't believe that a recipe has to remain static to pay proper homage to its origins.

Enter the classic Egg Salad Sandwich. A food purist might say that there is no improving upon the traditional combination of hard-boiled eggs, chopped and mixed with mayonnaise and relish and maybe some dill, smashed between two slices of white bread. The white bread aside (I hate the way it sticks to the roof of my mouth), I can understand the nostalgia associated with this classic deli sandwich. But take one bite of my elevated egg salad, and you might never go back.

Not-Your-Grandma's Egg Salad Sandwich

(Makes 2 open-faced sandwiches)


  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot

  • 1/4 c