Keto Egg Salad

Keto Egg Salad

Eggs are a keto staple because they have fat and protein but hardly any carbs. Egg salad’s chief ingredient besides hard boiled eggs is mayonnaise, which is a perfect keto food. Mayo has no carbs, but does offer a substantial amount of fat per tablespoon.

We use bacon for a crunchy, salty addition instead of celery, and avocado for more robust creaminess and fat. Our enhanced keto egg salad has less than 3 grams of carbs per serving. The recipe is low carb as well as gluten-free. It's high in protein and can serve as vegetarian if you omit the optional bacon. Note that if you opt to remove the avocado from the egg salad, you can also skip the lemon juice. Its main purpose is to keep the avocado from browning too quickly and discoloring the salad.

This quick and easy egg salad will keep well for several days if you make it ahead for meal prepping. It’s a good appetizer when served with crudites or keto crackers, and stands up nicely to a keto flax bread or keto almond flour tortilla for more of a standard sandwich preparation.

“I love adding avocado to deli salads—tuna, chicken, egg—it all works and benefits from the extra flavor, fat, and creaminess. This egg salad may have the name ‘keto’ in it, but I think it’s just a delicious egg salad that would be perfect with some crisp veggies, no matter your dietary preferences.” —Tracy Wilk

A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, shells removed

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup mashed avocado

  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon bits, cooled, optional

  • 1 tablespoon yellow or Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Keto Egg Salad ingredients

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  2. Coarsely chop the eggs until the whites are in 1/4-inch pieces.

    Coarsely chop the eggs on a cutting board

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  3. Place the eggs in a medium mixing bowl, then add the mayonnaise, avocado, bacon if using, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

    egg salad ingredients in a bowl

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  4. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold together until combined.

    egg salad mixed together with a spatula

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  5. Serve on its own or as keto-friendly egg salad wraps. Enjoy!

    egg salad in a bowl

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How to Serve Keto Egg Salad

Serve this egg salad:

  • In lettuce cups
  • With crudites
  • In a sandwich with keto bread
  • With keto crackers
  • Inside keto tortillas
  • As an addition to a BLT sandwich made on keto bread
  • Scooped on top of a green salad
  • Stuffed into an avocado or tomato

How To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs

Use this recipe for perfect hard boiled eggs. You can make them ahead of time, or boil and peel them at least 15 minutes before beginning your egg salad, so that the eggs don’t thin the mayonnaise from being too warm.

How to Store

  • Store unused egg salad in a tightly sealed container for 3 to 4 days. It may begin to get runny if stored longer.
  • Egg dishes do not freeze well because they lose texture, so we do not recommend freezing this egg salad.

Are Boiled Eggs Carb Free?

One large boiled egg has .6 grams of carbs. That's about one half of one gram of carbs, making boiled eggs nearly carb-free. As such, boiled eggs are a great choice for the keto diet.


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