gluten-free lunch

Pesto Egg Salad

January 26, 2014

An easy and healthy lunch that’s great for sandwiches or big potlucks. This Pesto Egg Salad is filled with flavor and nutritious ingredients!

One of the things that I discovered about catering is that it completely sucks the life out of you. I mean that in the best way possible, but for 3 days straight I looked like a chicken with its head cut off in the kitchen. Simultaneously trying to bake 2 batches of granola, hard boil eggs, process my Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Bars all while trying to maintain my sanity is unbelievably challenging. Admittedly I still loved every minute of it.

pesto egg saladBut after it was done the kitchen and I needed a break from each other. Fortunately I went a bit overboard on the Pecan Pie Granola so I had enough leftover to live off of it for the next week. This is also kind of a problem since granola is my weakness and while I’d like to consider the half a cup of pumpkin in the recipe as my “salad a day“, I think a nutritionist may say otherwise. Thankfully I still have 5 days left living with my roommates (by that I mean parents) who took pity on me and fed me my veggies and protein.

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Pesto Egg Salad

  • Author: The Healthy Maven
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 9-12 servings 1x


  • For the pesto:
  • 1 cup basil, packed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup pine nuts (you can use a cheaper nut like cashews or walnuts too)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 eggs
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • 2 celery sticks


  1. Combine all pesto ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside
  2. To hard boil eggs, place them in a large pot and cover with 1 inch of water. Bring water to a boil.
  3. Once water starts to boil remove pot from heat, cover and let sit for 12 minutes.
  4. Remove eggs from pot with a slotted spoon and place in a colander. Run cold water over eggs until eggs are no longer warm.
  5. Once eggs have cooled to room temperature peel them and slice them into small chunks, or use this egg slicer.
  6. Slice celery in half length-wise and then chop into small chunks.
  7. In a large bowl combine eggs, celery, greek yogurt, and all of the pesto. Mix well.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve or store in refrigerator for several days.

Do you ever have days or weeks when you need a break from cooking? What do you eat on those days?


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  • Reply
    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    January 26, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    My mouth is in a serious relationship with salmon and spaghetti squash, however, it would totally cheat on them for this… Even though my mouth KNOWS that my body is not supposed to eat eggs or nuts. EFF IT – you only live once, and if this is how I am going to peace out, my mouth says OKAYYYY!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      My guess is that you’ve probably put worse things in your mouth 😉 #raunchfest

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        GiGi Eats Celebrities
        January 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

        Well we are OFFICIALLY besties because “raunchfest” is one of the most used words in my vocabulary!

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          Davida @ The Healthy Maven
          January 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

          wait we weren’t already besties? Stop liking Whitney more than me…

          • GiGi Eats Celebrities
            January 29, 2014 at 8:37 pm

            Well I always thought we were besties, even after the first comment I ever left on your blog. It’s just, I wasn’t sure if you thought the same way, so I decided to RISK IT and just say we are besties… HOPING you would feel the same! 😉

          • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
            January 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm

            Does this mean I get a guest appearance on your show? K awesome.

            But for realz you’re hilarious and I’m so happy it’s mutual! Can’t wait to come crash on your couch when I visit LA. Besties invite themselves to stay with you right?

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    January 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Yum – egg salad is one of my all time favorites and adding pesto is genius!!!
    Yes, I have weeks where I hardly cook at all – usually those weeks are the ones that make my boys realize how much they appreciate all of the cooking I normally do!!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    January 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    This is such a genius combination!

    I totally hear you on getting burnt out on cooking – it happens to me every once in a while too. When that happens I just eat a lot of sandwiches, salads, and stir fries!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    January 26, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    This is great because I have a giant fear of mayo so I usually never eat egg salad! Yummy on this pesto version!

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    Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body
    January 26, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Wow this seems like it would be a winning combination. I love both pesto and eggs! I normally buy my pesto pre-made but I am really looking forward to trying to make my own!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      super easy! Enjoy Sarah!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    January 26, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Ahh pesto. I LOVE pesto egg salad and pesto tuna salad (and also, try this- pesto on apple slices!)

    Since not being at home, I miss my kitchen, but at times have gotten burnt out…it’s times like that where take away pizza or cheese and nuts make meals. Case in point- my breakfast today- fried potatoes, cheese cubes and mixed nuts. Boom.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      How about pesto apple tuna salad?!?! MAking it tomorrow!!!

      Please inform me about everything you are eating at every meal so I can feel like I’m with you. K thanks.

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    January 26, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Yes puh-lease to this!! Eggs and pesto is just a genius combo. Eggs are my staple when I don’t cook anything.
    I can only imagine how intense it is to be a one-woman catering show! But you obviously rocked it. 🙂

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    January 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I would never never have thought to do a pesto egg salad, I don’t know why considering how much I love pesto and how good egg salad sandwiches are. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Glad you enjoyed your time catering, even if it did take a lot out of you!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 28, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Nic make this recipe! I promise it’s delish and super easy! I think you’ll love it 🙂

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    Nikki @ Quest for Balance
    January 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    This recipe sounds and looks amazing. I love all your pictures! They’re beautiful. I’ll definitely have to try out this flavour combination. My must try recipe list from all of the blogs I read it out of control. O food blog problems. Tough life eh.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 28, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      I feel ya. My pinterest is overwhelming me with all the things I want to make. First world problems at its finest!

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    Selena @
    January 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    This has been pinned! Anything involving pesto and I’m all for it. Going to make a big batch of this and have it in panini’s all week 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 28, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Enjoy, love!

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    Elise @
    January 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    pesto egg salad, yet another brilliant idea I’ve never tried or thought of doingg

  • Reply
    January 26, 2014 at 11:26 am

    This sounds like an egg salad I could get down with. I’m a pesto freak so I’ll be added this to my arsenal. Thanks.

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