The perfect hard boiled egg. So easy in theory, yet it can easily (and so often does) end up undercooked, or overcooked with that unappetizing green ring around it. The beauty of a perfectly cooked egg gets my stomach rumbling, so let’s begin!

Place the eggs* in a pot with cold water. Make sure that there is enough water in the pot to cover the eggs. Bring to a gentle boil. Then, remove the pot from the heat and cover with a tight fitting lid. Prepare a bowl of ice water. Let the eggs sit for 8-12 minutes. 8 minutes leads to a more moist yolk that is a deeper orange color (shown above). 12 minutes leads to a pale yellow yolk. Both are perfect, it is just a matter of preference. After the time is up, place the eggs in the ice water for about 5 minutes. Done!

Perfect Egg Salad

Eggs are incredibly nutritious and a very inexpensive way to make a hearty and satisfying meal. Unless you are allergic to eggs, or vegan, eggs are awesome and your friend. One large egg contains about 6.5 grams of protein, as well as vitamin D, selenium, iodine, vitamin B2, phosphorus, vitamin B5 and vitamin B12. Eggs contain a nutrient called choline which helps to enhance brain function and reduce inflammation. Contrary to past belief, studies are currently showing that eating eggs helps to reduce weight, improve cholesterol profiles and increase cardiovascular health. It is important to underscore the vitamin D found in the yolk, as the majority of individuals do not obtain adequate amounts of vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D enhances the immune system and promotes calcium absorption, resulting in stronger bones, a calmer nervous system and overall enhanced wellness.

The addition of pickles, when properly made, adds a probiotic boost to this salad that assists with numerous health issues. Please read the post on pickles for more information. If you use purchased pickles, try a brand like Bubbies that is found in the refrigerator aisle. If you want this to be a complete real food meal, check out this post for instructions on how to make your own mayonnaise.

Print Recipe


  • 6 large organic eggs, cracked and peeled
  • 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickles or pickle relish
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions, or to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mash all ingredients together with a fork or potato masher to desired consistency.

*This is not a recipe for your freshest eggs, as they are harder to peel after boiling. Quick tip: add baking soda to the boiling water for easier to peel eggs!

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