by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
Ham Salad is my recipe of the day. And whenever you find yourself knee-deep in leftover holiday ham (or just have some extra on hand), keep calm and make ham salad! You won’t need a crystal ball to know that soon, most people will be knee deep in leftover ham from their holiday meals, all year long.
Ham is an obvious choice for feeding large groups, but often there is still leftover. This recipe is a great way to use up a bit of that for lunch and it is quite simple to make. It makes the perfect sandwich!
Of course, if you like to make something like Ham and Bean Soup or Creamy Ham and Beans with your leftover ham, I have recipes for those as well. Perhaps your ham is really huge and you’ll want to try several recipes. And why not? They are really delicious and can be looked forward to as much as the ham in the main event itself.
So look to your market for special prices on hams during the holiday season and don’t fret too much if the ham is a bit more than you need. Take advantage of the economical prices and eat well with several different ham recipes.
Ham Salad Ingredients:
Ham, celery, onion, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and a touch of sweet relish.
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- 1 pound ham finely chopped or coarsely ground
- 4-6 tbsp. mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 rib celery finely diced
- 2 tbsp. finely chopped onion or shallot
- 2 tbsp. pickle relish
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Pulse leftover ham chunks in a food processor until coarsely ground but not pasty; alternatively, finely mince with a chef's knife.
- Stir together ingredients, seasoning to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Serve on bread or hard rolls with additional condiments, if desired.
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Updated from 4.9.14 for photography and recipe card.