I thought I’d update my shredded egg salad recipe today, it has been a while! The first time I made a grated egg preparation like this was in 2014 after discovering some exceptional eggs at the Farmers’ Market in San Francisco. I’ve been making variations over the years, and made a version of the grated egg avocado toast (the one that recently took TikTok by storm) for lunch yesterday. You grate eggs over the top of avocado toast. I added some extra flare - curry powder and the like. Such a great, easy lunch.
Why Shred or Grate Eggs?
My shredded egg journey started when I bought some really good eggs. I mean, there are special eggs, and there are special eggs. The kind of eggs some people might feel compelled to roll their eyes at. But I had to buy them. Bring them home with me so I could try them. And I wanted to do something straight-forward yet special with them. So as I drove back from the Saturday market - through North Beach, up the Fillmore hills, and down into Hayes Valley, I settled on egg salad.
Not earth-shattering, I know. That was sort of the point. But the twist? I was going to shred the hard-boiled eggs on a box grater into a fluffy pile. I'd toss it gingerly with my fingertips working in a bit of salt and pepper, add a few herbs and whatnot, and not much beyond that. Well, maybe the tiniest dollop of creme fraiche or thread of olive oil, enough to add a hint of cohesiveness, but not enough to weigh the salad down. I was after an egg salad that was fluffy, light, bright, and vibrant. Nothing wet, damp, or heavy about it. That is why you shred them, to keep things light.
More About The Eggs
If you’re curious about the inspiration eggs - here’s what happened. I was at the market when a lovely, petite lady rolled up next to me with her cart. You could tell she knew exactly what she was after, so I stepped back and watched the scene unfold. She pointed straight at a mega-cooler behind the table, and asked if "any" were available. At that point I wasn't entirely sure what she was asking for, but the way she inquired insinuated she didn't always succeed. Now I know.
That's where the eggs live -- when they're available. They are eggs from sprout-fed chickens. Think about that - sprout fed chickens. And they're perhaps the best eggs I've had (with the exception of the eggs I'd buy from the grandmotherly figure who would sell in the corner of the old Testaccio market in Rome). So, I wanted to do something special with them, but nothing too complicated. Nothing that was going to get in the way of the eggs themselves. And this is what I came up with. There might be times when a more standard approach to egg salad might be called for - smashing and chopping the eggs + a more enveloping dressing. But for now, I'm on the shredding bandwagon.
Shredded Egg Salad Variations
- Shredded Egg Salad Toast with Gruyere: This has been my long-time favorite version of this sandwich. Grate some gruyere cheese onto a slab of garlic-rubbed toast and put that under the broiler for a bit (until the cheese bubbles and melts). Top with the shredded egg salad (recipe below) and a sprinkling of chives.
- Shredded Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps: I love the shredded eggs in a wrap of some sort of tender butter lettuce along with a sprinkling of fried shallots, toasted almond slices, and a kiss of hot sauce.
- Grated Turmeric Egg Salad: You know where this is headed right? If you have some of these Pickled Turmeric Eggs on hand you can use them as a component. They aren’t as mild as standard hard-boiled eggs because of the vinegar, but they are a great accent.
- Shredded Curried Egg Salad: I can imagine a shredded egg version of this curried egg salad would be really amazing. I’d scale back the amount of yogurt called for a bit, but imagine the grated egg with toasted pecans, apple bits, and chives! Would be so good!
TikTok Grated Egg Avocado Toast
The version of the internet-famous TikTok Grated Egg Avocado Toast I made for lunch was just that plus some flare. I topped the grated egg with a few quick-pickled red onions, whisper thin slices of scallions, a nice squeeze of lemon, a pinch of curry powder, and a few sesame seeds. Good bread is key!
Have fun with this one, but if a more classic version is your speed, here’s where you can find my go-to egg salad sandwich. And you can also browse a bunch of other egg recipes. If you want to put your knife skills to the test and explore the exciting world of shredded ingredients, don’t miss this quick Shredded Tofu Stir-fry, the Shredded Jackfruit Burritos, A Good Shredded Salad, my favorite Spicy Sesame Coleslaw, or this Sriracha Rainbow Noodle Salad.
Shredded Egg Salad
This is more an idea to explore than a recipe, although knowing how to hard boil eggs flawlessly is an important component covered in the recipe here. See the variation ideas in the main post up above. Aside from the eggs and salt and pepper, use your imagination to come up with different add-ins and toppings. Enjoy!
- 6 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 small head of radicchio, shredded
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
- 1 medium shallot, chopped
- 3 baby radishes, shaved thin
- to serve: little dollop of salted creme fraiche and/or a drizzle of olive oil.
Place the eggs in a pot and cover with cold water by a 1/2-inch or so. Bring to a gentle boil.
Now turn off the heat, cover, and let sit for ten minutes (a couple minutes longer than I normally do). Have a big bowl of ice water ready and when the eggs are done cooking place them in the ice bath for three minutes or so - long enough to stop the cooking.
Crack and peel each egg, then use the big holes on a standard box grater to grate the eggs. Place in a bowl and use your fingers to gently toss the eggs with the salt and pepper. At this point you can add whatever you like to the salad - I tossed in shredded radicchio, fresh dill, shallots, and shaved baby radishes. Serve topped with tiny dollops of something creamy - like creme fraich or plain yogurt, and a drizzle of olive oil. Just a bit of each so you don't weigh it down.