Olive Egg Salad

August 26, 2013
Olive Egg Salad ~ The simplicity of egg salad is elevated to extra flavorful with the addition of pimento-stuffed olives.

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Today is our first day of school for this year!  And I'm having this Olive Egg Salad for lunch.  But that's not why I'm sharing this egg salad today.  No.  I'm actually posting this in honor of my teacher co-worker and friend, Deborah.

Why, you ask?

Because every year on the first day of school, Deborah brings an egg salad sandwich for lunch.

Every year.

See, lunch time on the first day of school can be a bit crazy for us teachers.  Especially teachers of the first grade 'little ones' like me and my friend Deborah.  Our top priority at lunch on that first day of school {and pretty much any other day at school, too} is making sure our 'little ones' are okay.

Making sure they know where to go.  Making sure they know what to do.  Making sure they know where to sit ... how to make their food choices ... what their food choices are ...  how to carry their lunch tray ... where the milk is ... making sure they got their milk ... giving out napkins when they forget them ... opening stubborn juice boxes ... and stubborn milk cartons ... teaching how to open milk cartons ... replacing dropped straws ... and dropped forks ... and dropped napkins ... opening pudding cups ... and Lunchables ... and thermoses ... and applesauce cups ... and ketchup packets ...

Because the unknowns and processes of lunch on the first day of school can be very unnerving for our 'little ones.'  So we take care of them.  Because that's just what us teachers of 'little ones' do.

And, on those very busy lunches of the first few days of school, we need something super easy to eat.

Olive Egg Salad photo

Yes, we need something portable.  And something that can be eaten one-handed while directing 'little one' traffic and circling our table to swoop in and help where needed.  Something that can be eaten standing up.  Because we most likely won't sit down.  And something that doesn't require a lot of time to gobble up.  Because time is something we won't have.

And so, my friend Deborah's first-day-of-school-egg-salad-sandwich tradition is brilliant.

Portable.  Quick.  Easy.

I'm super excited to be back in the classroom with my students today.  As much as I love my summer, by the time school starts back up I'm always ready to be back.

And so, between moments of directing my new 'little ones' to their lunch seats and tearing open mayonnaise packets, I'll happily eat my Olive Egg Salad sandwich today.

One-handed, standing up, and all. 

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Yield: about 4 servings

Olive Egg Salad

Olive Egg Salad

The simplicity of egg salad is elevated to extra flavorful with the addition of pimento-stuffed olives.
Prep time: 15 MCook time: Total time: 15 M


  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 T. sweet salad cubes (or sweet pickle relish)
  • 2 - 3 T. mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 c. sliced pimiento-stuffed green olives


  1. Coarsely chop the hard boiled eggs; place in a mixing bowl. Add the sweet salad cubes (or relish), mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper; stir until combined.
  2. Gently stir in the sliced olives.
  3. Cover and chill for about 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
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  1. This is exactly how my mother and now I always make it...minus the salad cubes. It really is delish!

  2. This sounds great! I love olives but haven't added them to egg salad... yet:@)

  3. Why have I never thought to put olives in my egg salad sandwiches? Great photos and now I'm craving one of these. Found you on the Linky party today.

  4. I think my husband would love this! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #28.

    ~Amber @ DessertNowDinnerLater.com

  5. This looks amazingly delicious! Egg salad is my fave. I must try this soon.

    Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two! I can't wait to see what else you share!

    Make it a great week!

  6. I am like first viewer, Mom made it this way and also did not use relish. How funny. I thought my sister and I were the only 2 people who made egg salad with olives. I use (because my Mom did) this same recipe for mt deviled eggs. People always want to know, WHY ARE THESE SO GOOD.


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