The basics revolve around these elements:
- Boiled eggs, 1 or 2 per serving depending on hunger
- Finely diced onion
- Finely diced pickle
- Dried basil
- Cracked pepper
- Other dried herbs: turmeric, oregano, thyme, cumin
- Finely diced garlic or garlic powder
- Paprika, sweet or smoked
- Bacon bits
- Smoked salmon
- Cayenne/ pepper flakes
- Sun dried tomatoes
Mix the eggs with the onions, add pickles if you're using them and a good spoonful of mayo. I usually use about equal amounts of mayo and mustard, and not a ton of either. I can always add more mayo to my sandwich bread, right? Mix well and add whatever herbs/spices you like to taste. Finally, throw in any special touches like bacon bits or smoked salmon at the end and serve on some soft bread: my favorite is a soft oat bread from orowheat, or those delicious Oregon breads i used to have back when i lived in the Northwest. You could also serve on toast, a waffle as in this photo, or eat out of the bowl with a spoon!
I love egg salad. I think the most important thing is to be sparing with the mayo, don't forget the mustard, and taste as you mix as too many flavors can muddle things up a bit.