Kenny and Ziggy’s Egg Salad

Kenny and Ziggy’s Egg Salad is a basic and delicious way to prepare eggs. Sometimes going back to basics is the way to go. Just three ingredients make a flavorful snack or sandwich.

a bowl of homemade Kenny and Ziggy's Deli Egg Salad


This salad from Kenny and Ziggi’s deli is one delicious egg salad. I hate to say how many times I have purchased this egg salad and taken some home. When in a bind for time, I have been known to supplement parties with food that I have purchased in addition to recipes that I make.

What I like about this egg salad is it isn’t complicated, it is simply eggs, mayonnaise, and a little bit of black pepper. A lot of egg salad has many different ingredients, and while many other egg salad recipes are very tasty, I really like this simple tasting, classic egg salad.

This is a simple egg salad recipe that you need very few ingredients for. Eggs can be a wonderful way to stretch your food budget as eggs are a fairly inexpensive source of protein. This recipe is my personal version of their egg salad, this is not the actual recipe.

Kenny and Ziggy’s egg salad is low carb and keto-friendly. It’s a great snack with celery sticks or crackers

Making Kenny and Ziggy’s Egg Salad

It doesn’t get much easier than this, you may want to start with some eggs you cooked in your InstantPot. I love using my InstantPot to cook eggs, they come out perfectly, and you can cook a dozen in no time at all.

a bowl of classic egg salad

How Long Do Eggs Stay Fresh?

Did you know that eggs that have been kept for a few days peel easier than eggs that you have just bought from the store? According to the American Egg Board ( here’s your answer. Note: this is for raw eggs, and not cooked eggs.

“The oil coating which seals the shell’s pores helps to prevent bacteria from entering the egg and reduces moisture loss from the egg. RAW SHELL EGGS REFRIGERATED IN THEIR CARTONS WILL KEEP FOR ABOUT 4 TO 5 WEEKS BEYOND THE PACK DATE WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT QUALITY LOSS. (A pack date is usually a number from 1 to 365 representing the day of the year starting with January 1 as 1 and ending with December 31 as 365.)”

“Properly handled and stored, eggs rarely “spoil”. If you keep them long enough, they are more likely to simply dry up! But, don’t leave eggs out at room temperature. They’ll age more in 1 day at room temperature than they will in 1 week in the refrigerator. Room temperature is also an ideal temperature for bacterial growth.”

Helpful ways to peel eggs

How to peel hard boiled eggs without peeling
How to peel hard boiled eggs

How long does egg salad stay fresh

You can make egg salad a day or two before you need to serve it. Egg salad will stay fresh for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Love eggs? Looking for more great recipes using eggs?

a bowl of homemade Kenny and Ziggy's Deli Egg Salad

Kenny and Ziggy’s Egg Salad

Kenny and Ziggy's Egg Salad is a simple egg salad that Kenny and Ziggy's serves up daily in their New York Style Deli restaurant. 
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Egg Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 234kcal


  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Place eggs into a pot, and cover with water. Bring the eggs to a boil on the stove top, once the water is boiling, place a lid on the pot, and turn off the heat. Allow the eggs to sit for 10 minutes, they will cook themselves with the residual heat in the pot.
  •  Overcooking boiled eggs gives you green eggs and that never looks attractive. After ten minutes, remove the pot from the stove top, and allow the faucet to pour cool water over the eggs. Once the water is no longer hot, add a few ice cubes, and let the eggs cool. 
  • When the eggs have cooled, peel the eggs and then give them a rough chop and place into a bowl. Combine chopped eggs along with the mayonnaise and black pepper. Options: You can add your own variety of extra ingredients, maybe you would like some dill pickle or even some onion to the egg salad for a different flavor. I really enjoy egg salad on toasted sourdough bread.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 103mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Christi

    5 stars
    Rating 5 stars because it’s EXACTLY like Kenny and Ziggy’s recipe! Now I need their Blackout Chocolate Cake recipe, please!!! 🙂

  2. coco

    5 stars
    The simplicity of this recipe is what makes it great. I am glad there are so many ways to make this dish. I grew up with egg salad with mayo, relish, mustard. It was good but the first time I tasted this kind of egg salad when I was on the east coast, I couldn’t believe something so simple could be so good. I looked for a recipe to make sure I wasn’t missing a secret ingredient. It’s cooling in the fridge now and I can’t wait for lunch.

    I doubt any of the negative reviews will see this but if you don’t like something, just keep scrolling. If you want to share your “amazing” recipe then get your own website.

  3. Glenda

    5 stars
    Obviously, Kenny and Ziggy make their egg salad with 3 ingredients. Thanks Stephanie! To the rest of you, offering alternative recipes, start your own blog!

    • Christine

      5 stars
      There is nothing wrong with a simple recipe. Egg salad can be ruined with too many add ins. The black pepper is the key ingredient here. People are free to add what they please.

    • Christine

      5 stars
      There is nothing wrong with a simple recipe. Egg salad can be ruined with too many add ins. The black pepper is the key ingredient here. People are free to add what they please.

  4. Kim Ferney

    Although I still enjoy the basic egg salad recipe, I have the ultimate egg salad recipe for you! My mil used to make the most awesome deviled eggs. I adapted her recipe to make the best ever egg salad you should try. 6 eggs, roughly 1/3 cup Miracle whip lite (or to taste) and approximately 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dill weed (also to taste). Give it about an hour to over night to marry the flavors, the longer the better! It is way lower in fat than mayo and tasts awesome. You can add pepper if you wish… but I feel it doesn’t even need it.

  5. Connie Frost

    I add a little sugar to my egg salad along with the mayo and pepper! I also do this with deviled eggs.

  6. Brenda J

    5 stars
    I love going back to basic recipes. Ty for reminding me how I always loved it before things got so grown up. Now I want to relive this recipe. P.s…..ignore the negativity and keep doing what you are doing ????

  7. P

    5 stars


    • Stephanie

      I am sorry you weren’t pleased with how that restaurant makes egg salad. I don’t try to interpret what restaurants make, I only attempt to duplicate their recipes. Thank you for stopping by my website. Let me know if there is something I could help you with.

      • Karen

        Ugh! Why do have to be SO rude!!??? Grow up people! I am really enjoying your receipes!

      • Doris Bachman

        I too was shocked at how basic it was . Where’s the celery and onions or at minimum green onions or chives ? Where’s the pickle juice or pickle relish ? I simply can’t entertain such a bland egg salad. Dry mustard too . Or a touch of yellow mustard or Dijon .

      • Christine Mazur

        5 stars
        It’s not that we are not pleased, the recipe just isn’t special. I add green onion or celery, a bit of yellow mustard and a few drops of worstershire sauce. try that!

  8. Joann

    Hi Stephanie, I also heard if you add a 1/2 to 1tsp. of salt to the water it also makes peeling the egg easier. I have tried this and it does work. 🙂

  9. Cookster

    To peel boiled eggs easily, crack after cooling, but before adding ice cubes. Allow cracked, boiled eggs to sit in iced water for ten minutes and shells will come off without damaging the egg.

  10. fideux

    I used 8 eggs, 1/3cup mayo, 1/4 tsp coarse grd. blk pepper, and added 2 tbs of sweet relish. It was good before, but the sweet relish took it over the top.

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for your comment. I love sweet relish in egg salad, it is a great addition. I didn’t notice it this dish when I tried it.

    • stephaniemanley

      Oh, my, I can’t believe I forgot this. I hope you didn’t start the recipe and you forgot to peel your eggs! I can’t imagine egg salad with egg shells to be very good. In fact I can’t think of any recipe where egg shells add much to a dish.

      Thank you so much for dropping by!

    • LJ Bissonnette

      “…When the eggs have cooled, PEEL the eggs and then give them a rough chop and place into a bowl….” You must have missed that part of the instructions. As for a couple of responders, some people are just naturally ornery and aren’t happy until they’ve belittled someone who just naturally has a pleasing personality… someone who’s just the opposite of them. I love your posts, Stephanie, and look forward to them every day. Thank you for sharing.

      • Stephanie

        Thank you for your kind words 😉 Some people really love to show the world they can be jerks. I always find it interesting because I don’t think 90% of them behave like this in person. It must be a release for them to have their moment or two of power.

    • Christine

      Obviously this was published years ago, but it made me laugh. If you need to be told to peel the eggs you have a problem!

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