Ham Salad

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Leftover ham? Make a simple ham salad with diced ham, hard boiled eggs, sweet pickle relish, mayo, onion, celery, bell pepper, and mustard.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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.

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Riddhima Nair

    Delicious, sounds yummy, ham salad.

  • Gwen

    Delicious, Will definitely make it again!

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  • patnrick

    I love ham salad….i also add 2 tbs of favorite BBQ sauce for a unique twist….also add BBQ to my deviled eggs for my parties

  • 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!

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