Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Ultimate Guide To A Cracking Egg Salad

Egg salad makes an amazing lunch or dinner if you’re trying to get more goodness into your diet. Eggs are packed with healthy fats and protein, and the salad part, well that kind of explains itself! You might like to mix yours with mayo and then pile it on your favorite bread - it may not be so healthy this way, but it’s still a delicious snack. If you use a lighter mayo and whole grain bread, then it definitely isn’t so bad. Choosing to keep your eggs simple and adding veg to create a salad plate will ensure you get lots of good stuff in your system. This post will give you tips and ideas for both!

Some might think that egg salad is boring, but there’s absolutely no reason it should be boring when you use a few of the tips in this guide. You’ll find awesome tips and some great recipes so next time you feel like a healthy meal, you can knock one of these up in no time! Read on if you’re interested...


Tips To Help You Create The Perfect Egg Salad
Let’s start by taking a look at the tips that will help you to create the perfect egg salad:

Get Your Eggs Right
A good egg salad always starts with the best eggs money can buy. Preferably, these will be farm fresh eggs with bright orange yolks, so look for those if possible. Any eggs can work, but cheaper eggs from caged hens will not be as delicious or look as good. That’s a fact!
That being said,, how you prepare them is super important too. Never do the standard 10 minute boil unless you want a dry and chalky egg. This is where many people go wrong right from the get go! Instead, pull it out after 8-9 minutes and then plunge it in ice cold water.
This will give you a brighter egg, making your egg salad look more attractive on your plate. Not only that, the taste and texture will be so much better too! Try it for yourself and see. If you want more tips, you can look at blog posts like How to Make the Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs - MyGreatRecipes to help you boil to perfection.

You can also consider steaming your eggs if you prefer; some consider this method to be better, but it’s all down to the individual. Try them both and see how you feel. Once you know how to prepare eggs properly for your salad, you need to think about chopping and seasoning them correctly. Let’s talk more about this!

Chopping Your Eggs
Chopping your eggs won’t affect the flavor, but it’ll definitely change the texture and how your food looks. People eat with their eyes just as much as anything else, so if you're making this meal for others too make sure you focus on this step.

You’ll find that slicing the eggs into quarters if you like a chunky egg salad is a good idea, but it depends on the size of your egg. You can also roughly mash them if you prefer a rougher, more creamy texture. You will get different textures depending on if you mash it all together or you separate the whites and the yolks first. Again, you should experiment with this and see what you like best!  

Seasoning Your Eggs
You absolutely must salt your eggs or they just won’t reach their full potential in the salad. Sea salt is best. Pepper is recommended too, but add it to your tastes so it isn’t overpowering.
From then it can be up to you to experiment to see what you like on your eggs. Chives can add a nice bite without too much. Shallots are possible but they can be too overpowering in the flavors. Celery can bring a great flavor and texture; it adds a wonderful crunch. Tip: mince it! Dill can give a great herby flavor too. Adding fresh lemon juice will add a bright flavor and acidity. You have many options!  

Dressing Your Eggs
Dressing your eggs is down to personal preference. If you love mayonnaise with them like most people, then you’ll probably need to use more than you think to get a nice texture. You can also add a small amount of dijon mustard and a dollop of horseradish if you really want to go all out with your flavor. It makes the world’s biggest difference.  

Mixing Your Eggs
If you’re using sauce and seasonings, then you will want to mix everything together properly to ensure an even flavor and texture. Make sure you do this gently and slowly. You can then taste to ensure you have the perfect flavor and go back and add more of what you like. Just don’t go OTT!


The Egg Salad Bagel
Now you’ve made your egg salad, how about making an egg salad bagel? You can use a regular or toasted bagel, and adding a ripe tomato and some cucumber will make it taste fresh and delicious.

The Egg Salad Sandwich
The egg salad sandwich is a classic, and for good reason! Instead of using plain bread, toast your chosen bread in a frying pan with a little butter and olive oil. This will give it a much better texture and flavor than the toaster or grill. You’ll never want to buy an egg salad sandwich from the store or cafe ever again when you can make them this yummy at home!

Anchovy Egg Salad
If you ever needed proof that egg salad wasn’t boring, this is it! This recipe is healthy and so tasty. It’s high in protein and fat, and low in carbs too. It makes the perfect light lunch!

To prepare you’ll need:
  • Around 4 quality anchovies in oil. Ideally from a sustainable source.
  • Half a lemon.
  • Half a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley.
  • Half a bunch of fresh chives.
  • 1 dried red chilli.
  • 4 large free-range eggs.
  • 2 round lettuces.
  • 1 red chicory.
  • 1 white chicory.
  • 1 x 20 g punnet cress.
For your homemade salad cream:
  • Half a clove of garlic.
  • Two teaspoons Dijon mustard.
  • Two tablespoons cider vinegar.
  • Six tablespoons rapeseed oil.
  • Three tablespoons buttermilk.
To prepare the salad:
  • Start by halving your anchovies lengthways, and then put them in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of the anchovy oil. Add lemon zest and juice.
  • Finely chop your parsley leaves and chives. And a little of these to your bowl and then put to one side.
  • Using another bowl, peel and crush the garlic. Whisk together the rest of your salad cream ingredients. Taste the mixture to make sure it’s just right and then put to one side.
  • Make your own delicious chilli salt by mashing your dried chilli and three tablespoons of sea salt in a pestle and mortar (or whatever you can use). Put to one side.
  • Start boiling your eggs in salted water for about 6-8 minutes depending on the texture you want, and then place in cool water until you can pick them up. Peel your eggs and then put them to one side.
  • Take your round lettuces and pick the inner leaves. Slice your chicory bases and separate the leaves. Grab your serving platter and arrange in way that’s pleasing to the eye.
  • Sprinkle over the parsley and chives that you have left, add the cress, and then chop your eggs the way you like and place them on top. You can have them or quarter them.
  • Add your chilli salt how you like it and then your anchovies. Drizzle over a small amount of anchovy marinade for extra flavor.
  • Serve the salad and don’t forget to place your homemade salad cream on the side. Enjoy!

New Potato Egg Salad
This salad is another option when you want something healthy, filling, and delicious!

You’ll need:
  • Hot, boiled new potatoes
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • A handful of chopped parsley
  • A hard boiled egg or two
  • A bag of wild rocket
  • Diced cucumber

To prepare the salad:
  • Toss your freshly boiled potatoes with olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley. Make sure they are evenly coated.
  • Leave your potatoes to cool. Once cool, toss with your eggs. Quarter the eggs first for the best look and texture.
  • Toss in your wild rocket leaves, and then add as much cucumber as you like before serving.

As this salad is the perfect base for just about anything, you can experiment with it. If you’d like to make this recipe a little more filling, you can add some avocado, olives, or spinach depending on your tastes. You could even add a drizzle of lemon juice. If you like, try serving with cous cous and pine nuts. A little crusty bread on the side will go a long way too. Don’t forget your salt and pepper on the salad as before to get the best flavor!

These ideas are an eggcellent way to ensure you’re getting more goodness into your diet. Enjoy and leave your thoughts below!


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