After Easter Sunday, when the egg hunts have been concluded, the Easter baskets raided, and the chocolate bunnies devoured, most are left with a carton or two of beautifully dyed hard boiled eggs. Instead of mashing them all into egg salad, try a few of these inspired recipes which call for a hard boiled egg or two.
Roasted Red Pepper Deviled Eggs
Fresh, hard-cooked eggs can be a nuisance to peel, but steaming them makes it easy. You can cook the eggs and prepare the filling two days in advance, but wait to fill the whites until the day you plan to serve them.
Herby Potato, Green Bean, and Tuna SaladHerby Potato, Green Bean, and Tuna Salad is chock full of lunchtime goodness. You can also add a hard-boiled egg on top for an extra protein boost.
Buttery Deviled EggsChoose arugula, basil, or mustard greens for a pretty and peppery finish.
Avocado-Egg Salad Sandwiches with Pickled Celery
To prevent avocado from browning in leftover egg salad, place any remaining salad in a bowl and cover surface with plastic wrap. Then cover the entire bowl tightly with plastic wrap.
Niçoise SaladNiçoise Salad makes for a filling lunch and is just one of the many tasty recipes in the CarbLovers Diet Cookbook.
Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs
We've swapped out mayo for Greek yogurt to make these party favorites healthier and added Dijon mustard for a kick. See below for make-it-your-own variations.
Open-Face Fava and Egg Salad SandwichesMashed favas and an exotic mix of spices give the familiar egg salad sandwich a makeover. North African--cookbook author Kitty Morse introduced us to the Tunisian spice blend called tabil, which is easy to make with ingredients that may already be in your pantry.
Cobb Salad with Green Goddess DressingThe fresh herbs in the Green Goddess dressing add another dimension of flavor to this classic lunch salad.
Seared Tuna NiçoiseThis flavor-packed dish combines tuna, hard boiled eggs, potatoes, and lots of veggies.
Deviled-Egg SpreadHere, deviled eggs get deconstructed by blending together hard-boiled eggs with mustard and mayonnaise so it's more like an egg salad that can be spread on toasts.
Spinach Salad with Hot Salami CubesA warm dressing with the hot salami and onions lightly wilts the spinach leaves in this delicious recipe. Hard boiled eggs make it hearty enough for a unique lunch option.
Pennsylvania Dutch Potato SaladTry this Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad for something different; the dressing's bacon drippings barely temper the sweet-tart notes from sugar, cider vinegar, and white vinegar. We halved the amount of bacon and bacon grease to cut calories and saturated fat, so a few slices of flavorful applewood-smoked bacon stand in to extend flavor. Serve warm or slightly cooled.
Seven Layer SaladThis classic layered salad is always popular at covered dish and potluck suppers with its colorful layers of lettuce, bacon, tomato, olives, green peas, carrot and hard-boiled eggs.
Ham & Egg CasseroleCubes of ham are combined with a creamy cheese sauce and served over hot baked biscuits for a welcoming meal any time of day.
Spicy Hard-cooked EggsLeftover Easter eggs become a quick and satisfying meal. Serve the eggs and sauce with rice to round out the dish.
Potatoes with Huancaína Sauce (Papa a la Huancaína)This salad of boiled potatoes and thick, custardy chile-cheese sauce gets its bright yellow color from aji amarillo, a yellow chile that's become an edible symbol of Peru. Topped with a hard boiled egg, this meal is a protein-packed and flavorful experience.
Stuffed Chipotle Meatballs"This recipe was handed down to me by my mother and grandmother," says Laura Granados of these lusciously saucy meatballs, each with a hidden surprise in the center. "It was one of my favorite dishes growing up."
Cobb Salad with CranberriesHard boiled eggs are a classic in Cobb Salad. If you have leftover ham, add that instead of the turkey for a delicious twist.
Next-Day Chicken BakeFruit salad and freshly baked muffins make quick accompaniments with this classic chicken casserole.
Curried Egg Salad Toasts
Callie Coe's Chicken and DumplingsThis Southern favorite is the ultimate comfort food. Like biscuit dough, the less the dumpling dough is handled, the lighter and more tender it will be.
Tuna, Arugula, and Egg Salad with Pita ChipsThe addition of tuna and eggs in this salad lends it a protein-packed punch.