I have never loved eggs.  For some reason, if you even present them to me before noon, just the smell makes me a little nauseous.  Which is why it is particularly interesting that I have a new found love for egg salad and deviled eggs.  That’s the great thing about growing older.  So many of our tastes change and we come to enjoy foods that we didn’t care for at all as children.  Some of the other foods I have grown to like are raw bell peppers, raw tomatoes and cilantro.

I am so happy to have found this new adoration for egg salad because it is a great option for weekday lunches.  I get in such a rut and get so tired of turkey wraps.  The egg salad that I made this week is not your grandma’s egg salad. It is all dressed up with southwestern flavors like cilantro, cumin and cayenne pepper.

It seems like everyone has their own twist on egg salad.  I love traditional egg salad with mayo, mustard and some celery for crunch.  One of my other favorites is curried egg salad.  Especially this time of year, egg dishes seem to be popping up all over the blog and magazine world.  I was excited to try this twist on egg salad because I love southwestern flavors.  The cumin and cilantro do not overpower, but just add enough spice and flavor to keep you wanting more.  And instead of the traditional paprika sprinkled over the top of this egg salad, I kicked it up a notch and used cayenne pepper.  It added the same color contrast, but a bit more heat.

What foods or flavors have you come to enjoy in your adult life that you couldn’t have been forced to eat as a child?

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combine egg yolks and mayo, mustard powder, cumin and cilantro

*Note:  I purchased a tube of pre-chopped cilantro because I got tired of buying bunches of cilantro, using a handful and wasting the rest.  I found this tube in the produce section of my grocery store and I love it because now I have cilantro on hand whenever I need it!

combine with chopped egg whites

sprinkle with cayenne pepper and serve on your favorite bread

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5 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    I’ve never loved eggs, but have always eaten them. I do like them though, and the older I get, the more I like them too. This egg salad sounds like a perfect lunch for me!


  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    I love this twist, I’m a huge fan of egg salad.
    I also think I might pick up some of those tubes of herbs – they seem to make so much sense!


  3. Baking Serendipity
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    When I was a kid I loved scrambled eggs, but couldn’t stand egg salad. Maybe my tastes have changed too because your sandwich looks fantastic!


    • Mercedes
      Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

      I definitely think our tastes and preferences continue to change as we get older! Thanks for reading!


  4. Anna Johnson
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    This is a fun twist – I just started eating egg salad! And I also have never seen the tubes of herbs…..neat!


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