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Two open face egg salad sandwiches topped with lettuce and radishes on a plate

Simple Egg Salad Smørrebrød

A simple recipe for a classic Danish open sandwich featuring creamy egg salad with capers and fresh tarragon.
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Course: smørrebrød
Cuisine: Danish, Nordic, Scandinavian
Keyword: easy egg salad, egg salad recipe, smørrebrød
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 open sandwiches
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Kristi


For the Smørrebrød:

  • 4 thin slices dense rye bread such as rugbrød
  • 1 tsp Butter for spreading
  • .5 c baby arugula leaves or other baby lettuces 2-3 handfuls
  • 4 radishes sliced thin (optional)

For the Egg Salad:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp prepared mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 tbsp capers rinsed, drained and chopped coarsely
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon, chives and/or parsley
  • pinch Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


Make the Egg Salad: 

  • Place eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch.  Set over medium high heat and bring to a boil.  As soon as the water is boiling, remove the pan from the heat, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.  
  • Remove eggs from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl filled with cold water and ice.  Let the eggs rest in the ice bath while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl.  Peel the eggs and cut in half.  Transfer the yolks to the bowl.  Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.  Cut the egg whites into a medium dice.  Fold into the mayonnaise mixture.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer rye bread slices to a clean surface.  Butter the bread.  Place a handful of arugula leaves on top of the butter.  Divide egg salad evenly between the slices of bread. 
  • Top each sandwich with radish slices if desired.  Serve. 


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 431IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg