Simple and delicious, this toddler egg salad sandwich is a great kid friendly recipe. Made with basic ingredients, this easy sandwich packs well in the lunch box too!
Now that school has opened, I am always looking for easy lunches to pack in my kid’s lunch box. Sandwiches are always a favorite and my kiddo always finishes them. Be it a peanut butter jelly sandwich, cheese sandwich, hummus and veggies sandwich, I can pack different ones 3 to 4 days a week and the kids are always happy. I also like sneaking in some veggie whenever possible it to make it healthy. Since they are masked by cheese, the kids have no problem finishing them.
This egg salad sandwich is mildly spiced, creamy and absolutely delicious. It is also so easy to make and uses ingredients that is found easily in our pantries.
We always have eggs in our refrigerator. They are a lifesaver when you want to make something quick and healthy.
Did you know eggs are a great source of protein, iron and many essential vitamins and minerals? They are also rich in Choline and essential fatty acids. Choline is essential for healthy brain development amongst toddlers.
The high protein content in eggs keeps them full longer. A single egg contains about 6 grams of protein! Since we don’t eat meat in our house, eggs and lentils play an important part in fulfilling the protein requirements in our diet and protein is very important for growing children.
I like to buy pasture raised organic eggs whenever possible. Since eggs are a complete meal by itself, I try to include them as much a possible. Omelet’s, scrambled, boiled are all options. But my little one does not like it in boiled form. The only way he will eat it is if it’s masked by other flavors.
This egg salad sandwich has boiled eggs which are chopped fine and mixed with some Greek yogurt and mustard. It is usually a hit with my kids. Depending on my mood I like to add a veggie or two in the egg mixture so I can sneak some extra nutrition into them. If I get too excited and add too many veggies, they always figure it out. So, I usually add veggies they like to eat and take it from there.
What goes inside this egg salad sandwich?
Eggs – boiled eggs are the star of this recipe. Boil the eggs as you would usually do and chop them up finely or in small chunks that your toddler might prefer. You can boil and prep the eggs for the week if needed and use them in this recipe when needed. Saves a lot more time especially during those busy mornings when you have to make the lunch box in a hurry.
Greek yogurt – Traditionally egg salads are made with mayo. And mayo is totally okay for your toddler. Kids need fat as they are essential for their brain development. I like to make my own mayo at home so I can control the amount of salt that goes into it and make it without any other additives.
Making mayo at home is pretty simple too. But today I ran out of mayo and Greek yogurt is an excellent substitute. While it does not taste the same, it’s creamy as well and the addition of mustard and garlic with other seasonings makes it taste pretty much close to the original version.
Mustard – For that delicious tangy flavor.
Diced cucumber – Remember I said, I like to sneak in a veggie or two. Finely diced cucumber works well here. You can shred it if your kid can’t eat them diced. Or you can totally omit it or add another veggie of your choice
Black pepper – I am a big advocate of adding spices to toddler meals. While we are not going over board with spices here, a little black pepper gives it a beautiful flavor while not making it too spicy. Use as much as your toddler can tolerate it.
Bread – You can’t make a sandwich without some breads now! Can you?! I love using whole wheat or whole grain bread whenever possible. If you have a sourdough bread then it’s even better. We have used some soft whole wheat bread today.
Salt – To taste
That’s it, all that you need to make this sandwich. Now all you have to do is, mix up the chopped boiled eggs with Greek yogurt, salt, mustard, black pepper and diced cucumbers. Make a filling of sorts and sandwich it between two bread slices and you are done.
I like to cut them in small squares or rectangles to pack them in my kid’s lunch box. You get these cute animal picks that I insert into each square so the sandwich stays intact.
Substitute for ingredients mentioned in the recipe
Greek yogurt – Substitute with sour cream, mayonnaise or vegan mayonnaise.
Mustard – skip it or use some lemon juice and minced garlic instead
Cucumber – can add boiled potatoes, mashed chickpeas, avocados or celery or any veggie of your choice
Bread – Use any bread of your choice or you can also serve it as such as a salad or as a wrap with some flatbread or tortillas.
Other additions –
- Herbs and spices of your choice – Popular choices are dill, chives etc. I did not add them as my kid doesn’t prefer the flavor. But you can totally go ahead with that.
- Finely chopped pickle or pickle juice
- Chopped olives
- Spinach or other greens
Lets see how to make this easy sandwich recipe
- 4 hard boiled eggs (Check note to see how to make hard boiled eggs)
- 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp finely chopped cucumber
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper powder to taste
- 4 slices of bread
- Chop the hard-boiled eggs into small pieces.
- Add the Greek yogurt, chopped cucumbers, mustard, salt and pepper to the chopped eggs and mix well.
- Use a fork to mash everything together so they are mixed well.
- Scoop 2 tbsp of the egg mixture and place it on side of the bread. (You can toast the bread if you wish)
- Place another bread slice over it and serve.
You can cut the bread into squares so that’s it is easy to pack in lunchboxes.
To make hardboiled egg – Fill a pot with cold water and add the eggs. Boil the water and when it comes to a boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let the eggs sit in the pot for about 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, remove them and place it in an ice bath. When cool, peel the eggs and use as needed.