[to die for] Lemon Basil & Honey Egg Salad

Good afternoon! I am blogging right now from school because we still don’t have interwebz in our new house. I took my Calculus final on Friday, which went really well! Afterwards, I met up with a new friend and went rock climbing for the first time. It was the perfect de-stressor and a surprisingly good workout! Two hours flew by. I didn’t feel exhausted until I tried to climb up the inverted wall. It is tilted towards you so it is much harder than a vertical wall, or a wall that is tilted away. My arms literally gave out as I struggled to cling to the little rocks. And I had only made it up a few feet… You really have to trust whoever you are attached to! I was mildly hesitant to let go of the wall off at 30 or 40 feet high, but I did and I alive to blog about it. Afterwards, I went home and packed for the big move. Saturday morning, Chelsea, her parents, Kristi, and I spent all  day packing up and moving to our new house. It is just down the street, but that doesn’t make it any less work! We cleaned the crap out of our old house. I seriously spent three hours on just my bathroom. I hadn’t cleaned it the entire year. At least, not really. I was down on my hands and knees scrubbing the grout and I practically had to sandblast the soap scum off my shower. Sorry. I now understand why some housewives get off to hardcore cleaning products. Works in 60 seconds never sounded so good.

All the hard work paid off though, and Zabace is forking over the entire deposit! Pretty sure we deserve a medal of some sort.  If you are a hardcore reader, you may remember that I painted my wall 6 months ago a royal blue. Since that is technically really not okay, I scrambled to paint it back to cream earlier in the week. During the final walk through, the landlord walked into my room and got a puzzled look on her face. She said “Oh…. I thought this wall was blue. I apologize. You must have thought I was crazy.” I guess she had heard from a repairman or gardener that I had painted my wall blue and was planning on nailing me for it. Not a trace of evidence remained, suckaz!

Since then, I have celebrated, organized my room, started Genetics, and made dinner with my dear friend Dina. She finally came home from Palestine after being gone for over a month. We had a precious date that included dinner, wine, and a trip to my favorite ice cream shop. Dinner was an Italian stir fry, which I have never done before. We sautéed zucchini, onions, snap peas, and chicken with olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, salt and pepper and added fresh mozzarella balls to the mix at the end so it was just melted. On the side we had basil-tomato-marinated mozzarella salad, Chilean red wine, and a slice of her mothers jam cake!

Okay. Down to the recipe that got me through one hell of a weekend. IT IS THE BEST EGG SALAD I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I have eaten this sandwich for 2 of my 3 meals 2 days in a row and then some. It is that good. Don’t question the ingredients, just make it and love it.

Lemon Basil & Honey Egg Salad

Recipe: Makes 2 servings

6  hard-boiled eggs (using 2 or 3 of the 6 yolks)

2 tbsp mayo

fresh basil, shredded

1 tbsp honey

squeeze of fresh lemon juice

dash cinnamon

dash dill

dash salt

whole wheat bread

tomato, sliced


To prepare the eggs: Place eggs in a medium pot and cover with 1 inch (above) of cold water. Bring to boil on the stove. Once at a solid boil, remove from heat and cover. Let sit for 12 minutes. Immediately transfer eggs to bowl of ice water and let cool for at least 10 minutes. Peel.

Combine eggs with basil, honey, lemon, mayo, dill, and cinnamon (the two spice are optional but add if you have them!). Toast whole grain bread and top with tomato slices and half of the egg salad. Save leftovers in the fridge!

Make this. Change your life.

21 thoughts on “[to die for] Lemon Basil & Honey Egg Salad

  1. I’ve only been rock climbing once before….when I was ten in girl scout camp. I could barely get up the wall then…I was not a naturally athletic child-especially in upper body strength. HA! But I would love to do it again now!

    And YAY for your chemistry final! Good job, Lauren!

  2. It sounds like things have been pretty hectic on your end lately, so I can only imagine how handy this egg salad must’ve been. I love that it’s not mayo-heavy, as I’m not a fan of super creamy egg salads.

  3. you’ve been busy! glad the deposit is coming back, phew! now for that egg salad. Gimme gimme! lemon and basil is like chocolate and peanut butter. The perfect duo!

  4. Rock climbing something I haven’t done since high school…so much fun!
    I guess I’m going to have to change my life and make that sandwich 🙂

  5. HAHAH im dying ” 60 seconds never sounded so good”
    And honey egg and dill? never would have thought of it and now NEED to make it. Seriously, probably will this weekend once i get my dozen eggs from my CSA on Thursday:)

    did u go to rocknasium? I seriously love that place. I’ve been to iron works in berk and Planet granite in SF ( which is pretty cool) but rocknasium is still my fave. Everytime I go I never know how trashed my arms are until I try and hold a pen a few hours later or make a fist and my forearms are jelly. Rock climbing is seriously the best total body weight training and so fun!

  6. oo love everything about this post – your recap, the recipe, everything!

    i’ve always wanted to try rock-climbing! we actually have a rock-climbing wall at school but i’ve always been too intimidated to try. i might look for one in this area and just try it out!

    speaking of scrubbing showers, the second semester of my freshman year – my termtime job was cleaning bathrooms. this involved scrubbing a LOT of showers. it was a nasty but humbling job. i dont regret taking the job but lets just say i don’t plan on returning to it. plus, squatting in a nasty little shower was definitely a bit claustrophobic.

    i loved your description of the your italian meal with a friend – sounds so cozy and so nice.

    and finally, yrou AWESOME recipe – what a cool flavor combo!! herbs, sweetness, sour, and eggs?! awesome!!

    ps on a sidenote, i have to say it’s a different experience reading your blog after having hung out with you! it’s like i can hear you talking, and everything seems to make more sense or be more personal or something, i love it!

  7. Congrats on your Calculas final! That must be so exciting to finish it up! 🙂 And I am so jealous of your rock climbing! I love doing it, but I don’t get to do it very often. Your egg salad sounds INCREIBLE! 🙂

  8. Ooh I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love egg salad but usually only make my own simple recipe. I will try this out because it sounds interesting and delicious! Good job on your rock climbing too, it’s hard work!

  9. Hahaha I love that your landlord couldn’t get on you for the supposed blue wall. SUCKAS indeed! I think I’d be too terrified to climb an inverted wall.. but man, if I could get over it, I’d probably get some killer arms.

  10. this looks amazing! I’ve been eating a lot of egg salad lately, and I’m always looking for good variations. we have a potted basil plant outside. 🙂

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