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Egg Salad Cucumber Canapé

This egg salad cucumber canapé recipe is the perfect appetizer for Easter and Mother’s Day brunches. It is gluten-free and can be made in just 10 minutes.

egg salad cucumber canapé on a white plate

With Easter and Mother’s Day coming up, brunch recipes are at the top of my mind.

Egg bakes and quiches are great main dishes but I am grazer; finger foods are my favorite!

There is nothing better than a bite-size appetizer to get the party started. A one to two-bite hors d’oeuvre was my goal with this egg salad cucumber canapé.

It’s not only delicious, these are easy canapés to make ahead.

Canapés are the perfect tiny appetizer or finger food.

Traditionally, you start with a small piece of bread or toast and add toppings.

For this recipe, we are using cucumber slices instead of toast for the perfect gluten-free brunch treat.

If you have gluten-free or dairy-free friends and family, you may have struggled with adding items they can eat to the menu.

I know I have – I usually make my mom’s potato egg salad but this is a delicious substitution.

egg salad ingredients

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Egg Salad Cucumber Canapé Recipe

The first thing you need to make this easy recipe is egg salad. 

Egg salad is a popular and versatile dish made from hard-boiled eggs. The hard-boiled eggs are typically chopped or mashed and mixed with other ingredients to create a creamy and flavorful salad.

While there are many variations, a basic egg salad typically includes the following ingredients:

  • hard-boiled eggs
  • mayonnaise
  • mustard
  • celery
  • onion
  • spices

Additional ingredients and seasonings vary widely based on personal preferences and regional variations. Some people like to add fresh herbs, paprika, chopped pickles, or even a hint of lemon juice for extra flavor.

Egg salad is often served in sandwiches, on crackers, as a filling for wraps, or as a topping for salads.

Egg Salad Cucumber Canapé Ingredients

  • Hard-Boiled Eggs: Hard-boiled eggs serve as the primary ingredient for the egg salad. They provide a creamy and protein-rich base for the canapés.
  • Light Mayo: Light mayonnaise binds the ingredients in the egg salad, offering creaminess and a slight tang. You can substitute regular mayo, but I am always trying to watch my fat intake.
  • Finely Diced Celery: Diced celery adds a fresh and crunchy texture to the egg salad.
  • Fresh Dill: Fresh dill is an aromatic herb that infuses the egg salad with a delicate, herbaceous taste and pleasant aroma.
  • Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard adds a subtle tang and a hint of spiciness to the egg salad. It provides depth of flavor and balances the richness of the eggs and mayo.
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste): Salt and pepper are used to season the egg salad according to your preferences.
  • Large Cucumbers: Cucumbers serve as the edible base for the canapés. They provide a crisp and refreshing foundation for the egg salad.
  • Additional Dill (for garnish): Extra sprigs of fresh dill enhance the visual appeal and add a touch of extra dill flavor to the canapés.
plate full of egg salad cucumber canapés

How to Make Egg Salad Cucumber Canapés

These detailed instructions guide you through creating Egg Salad Cucumber Canapés, ensuring that every step is straightforward and easy to follow for a delicious and visually appealing appetizer.

Enjoy your refreshing and creamy canapés!

Preparation of Hard-Boiled Eggs: Begin by peeling the hard-boiled eggs and then finely dice them. 

This step sets the foundation for the creamy and flavorful egg salad that will top the cucumber canapés.

Making the Egg Salad: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the diced hard-boiled eggs with light mayo, finely chopped celery, fresh dill (for a delightful burst of herbal freshness), and a hint of Dijon mustard, which adds a subtle zesty kick to the salad. 

Use a spatula to stir and gently fold these ingredients until they are combined. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste, ensuring the flavors are perfectly balanced.

Cucumber Slicing and Preparation: If desired, peel the cucumbers to create a smooth and uniform appearance for the canapés. Grab a vegetable peeler and your cucumbers and peel the cucumber skin. I like to do this in 4 sections for decoration.

Once prepared, cut the cucumbers into slices, each measuring approximately 1 inch to 1.5 inches. These fresh cucumber slices will serve as the crisp and refreshing base for your canapés.

hand holding an egg salad cucumber canapé

Egg Salad Topping: With your creamy egg salad mixture ready, it’s time to assemble the canapés. Place a generous tablespoon of the egg salad on top of each cucumber slice. 

Finishing Touch: For a final touch of freshness and a subtle burst of herbaceous aroma, garnish each canapé with additional dill sprigs. 

You are going to want to add this easy appetizer to ALL of your parties and brunches.

You are probably going to want to make this for lunch too.

4 egg salad cucumber canapés

How To Hard Boil Eggs with Steam

I always steam my eggs to hard boil them. I find this to be the fastest way to get an easy-to-peel hard boiled egg. 

To steam your eggs, put about 1-inch of water in the bottom of a pot.

Add your eggs to a vegetable steamer and then add the steamer to the pot. Place the cover on top and place it on the stove.

Turn the heat to medium-high and steam them for 11-12 minutes. When they’re done, remove the entire steamer and place it in the sink under cold running water.

Before you know it, your eggs will be cool enough to peel and you can get started.

overhead picture of egg salad cucumber canapés

Check out some of my other recipes using eggs!

egg salad cucumber canapé tray

Egg Salad Cucumber Canape

This egg salad cucumber canapé recipe is perfect appetizer for Easter and Mother's Day brunches. It is gluten-free and can be made in just 10 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 72.6kcal


  • 6 eggs hard boiled
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • ½ cup celery finely diced
  • ½ tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • additional dill for garnish


  • Peel and dice the hard boiled eggs.
  • Place the eggs, light mayo, celery, dill, and dijon mustard in a medium bowl and stir well with a spatula. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Peel your cucumbers if desired; then cut them into 1 inch to 1.5 inch slices.
  • Place one tablespoon of egg salad on each of the cucumber slices.
  • Garnish with additional dill sprigs.


Calories: 72.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.7g | Protein: 3.8g | Fat: 5.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 140.9mg | Potassium: 135.5mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1.4g | Vitamin A: 218.2IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 26.2mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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Recipe Rating

Jennifer A Stewart

Monday 27th of March 2017

I love that you steamed the eggs instead of boiling them. I have the hardest time getting my hard boiled eggs to come out right. I never get them to cook each time I make them. I love the idea of these canapes on cucumber slices. They are perfect for Easter and Mother's Day!

Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny

Sunday 26th of March 2017

Loving the addition of the cucumber! Makes it feel so fresh and crisp!

Laura at I Heart Naptime

Sunday 26th of March 2017

I love how fresh and light this is! So looking forward to making it very soon!


Sunday 26th of March 2017

These look fabulous! The crunch of the cucumber combined with the creamy egg salad are the perfect bite! I never thought to put the two together. DELISH!


Sunday 26th of March 2017

These are the BEST little bites! I could make an entire meal out of them!