Ham Salad

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One of the best reasons to serve a ham for a holiday dinner or family gathering is the prospect of leftover ham, don’t you think? Ham keeps well and can be used for a hearty ham and bean soup, a pasta dish with peas, or for a crowed pleasing ham salad.

It’s one of those feed-a-lot-of-people comfort food salads that makes you look forward to leftovers.

Put it in a sandwich (or a slider bun!), eat it plain, or add it to macaroni. The basic components of our favorite ham salad are ground or finely diced ham, sweet pickle relish (sweet works better than dill for ham, imho), and hard boiled eggs. Then something for crunch (celery and/or bell peppers) and mayo to bind it.

Add a little mustard and lemon juice to brighten the flavors, and maybe a touch of cayenne as a nod to deviled ham or eggs.

Do you have a twist on ham salad that you enjoy? Please let us know about it in the comments!

Photos updated, recipe first published 2010.

Ham Salad Recipe

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

To make ground ham, chop leftover ham into cubes and either pulse in a food processor or put through a meat grinder.

Ingredients

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

Method

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

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

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Links:

Deviled Ham with Pickled Jalapeños here on Simply Recipes

Pasta with Ham and Peas here on Simply Recipes

White Bean and Ham Soup here on Simply Recipes

Pesto Pasta and Ham Salad from Taste and Tell

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  • Eddie

    Its pretty close to how I make Tuna for sandwiches and the like…

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

    Yum! What a delicious way to use leftover ham!

  • Malcolm

    Elise, I love you for putting a ham salad recipe out into the world. My New England heart thanks you.

  • Linda Schmitt

    Ham salad and pea soup are two things I look forward to after Easter ham. I have not used hard boiled eggs in my ham salad and look forward to trying. Thanks for this recipe.

  • 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.

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