3 Ways to Use Leftover Hard-boiled Easter Eggs

March 30, 2023
| Created by Hannah Casey, RDN, CD

A popular tradition surrounding Easter is dyeing hard-boiled eggs in bright colors or decorating them with paint. This activity can be a fun way to spend time with family and celebrate Easter, but, what should you do with all the leftover hard-boiled eggs after the holiday is over? Don’t let the colored eggs in your fridge go to waste; try one of these 3 ideas to reuse them:  

Egg Salad Sandwich

One of the most popular ways to use hard-boiled eggs is in an egg salad sandwich. These sandwiches are great to make for lunch or breakfast. Try making the egg salad on whole-grain bread, tortillas, or even use as a dip for vegetables! Don’t be afraid to add herbs, vegetables, or spreads to your sandwich to mix things up. Try this Avocado Egg Salad for a fun twist on this classic sandwich. 

Cobb Salad

Made on a whim by Hollywood chef Bob Cobb in 1937, the Cobb salad is a world-famous dish. Plus, it’s a delicious and easy way to use your colored eggs. Simply peel and chop up the eggs, then, add lettuce, bacon, blue cheese, grape tomatoes, and chicken for a balanced meal. Hard-boiled eggs are a great addition to any salad and add extra protein. For more salad inspiration, try Tuna Niçoise Salad or Peach and Orange Kale Breakfast Salad. 

Potato Salad

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, family gatherings, picnics, and BBQs will begin to fill our schedules. For any postEaster gatherings, try adding your hard-boiled eggs to a potato salad. Use fresh herbs and spices to take this side dish to the next level. Try adding fresh lemon zest, green onions, parsley, mint, or dill to your dish for added flavor and color.  

Tips for Peeling Hard-boiled Eggs

There is no one perfect way to peel hard-boiled eggs, but there are a few tricks to decrease the frustration that sometimes comes with peeling them.  

  • Immediately submerge eggs in ice water after they are thoroughly cooked through. 
  • Try rolling the cooled egg back and forth between a hard surface and your palm to completely crack the shell.  
  • Start peeling at the egg’s largest end—there’s an air pocket that makes the initial peeling easier.  
  • Peel the eggs under water to help the shell separate and ensure washing away tiny eggshell fragments.

Refrigerated hard-boiled eggs kept in their shell last up to 7 days. Consume them within a week to avoid foodborne illnesses. For more recipe ideas, contact your Harmons dietitian at dietitian@harmonsgrocery.com.