Ham Salad


When you grow up in a big family on a limited budget, more likely than not one of those big picnic salads like potato salad or macaroni salad, is on the menu that week. Heck, we practically live on dad’s potato salad and mom’s tuna macaroni salad during the summer, even now, when the kids are all grown and at most there are only half as many of us at the dinner table.

Here’s one of those feed-a-lot-of-people comfort food salads that you can easily make with leftover ham: Ham salad.

Put it in a sandwich, eat it plain, add it to macaroni; it’s all good. The basic components are finely diced or ground ham (I could have done a better job dicing the ham for the sandwich pictured), sweet pickle relish (must be sweet, not dill), and hard boiled eggs. Then something for crunch (celery and/or bell peppers) and mayo to bind it.

This ham salad recipe is fairly straightforward. Do you have a twist on ham salad that you enjoy? Please let us know about it in the comments.

Ham Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes enough for 3 to 4 sandwiches


  • 2 cups finely diced or ground ham
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp minced onion
  • 2 Tbsp minced celery
  • 2 Tbsp minced red bell pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • A large pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


Mix everything but the salt, pepper and cayenne in a large bowl. Taste and add cayenne, salt and black pepper to taste. Serve chilled.

Serve straight, or mixed in with macaroni, or in a sandwich in a hamburger bun, a Kaiser roll, regular bread, in a pita or as a wrap. Good with lemonade on a hot day.

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  • dell maxwell

    I enjoyed all the comments. I would like to add that my mother would use hot dogs and make a pate’ to spread on bread and crackers. I am going to make a delicious deviled ham spread now. I will add boiled eggs, cilantro, onions, bell pepper and a bit of garlic.

  • Rebekah

    Made this for lunch! Delicious! I read the other comments about it needing a little texture so I added a can of chopped Water Chestnuts. Adds a nice crunch without changing the flavor. I didn’t grind the ham just bought store bought that was cubed super fine so the ham wasn’t in huge chunks then I cut the rest of the ingredients the same size. This would be a great Party Food too!

  • Olivia

    My aunt put some oranges in, I think. It had a little bit of a citrus flavor to it…. We drank orange Tang with it, too ^^

  • Vicki

    Hi, this looked so good. I added a bit of horseradish, and left out the mustard. I also omitted the salt and added a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash. Like many of the posters, I added cheese. I used a fresh grated parmesean.

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