Ham salad is a traditional sandwich spread made from minced leftover baked ham and a few special additions to put the flavor over the top.
by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
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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.
I like ham salad. We rarely eat ham and usually only buy a ham steak, but I do like ham salad better than just the ham. I put in a bit of yellow mustard along with the other stuff.
When I make ham salad I use boiled eggs and cheese.I don’t do mustard or onions.
Oops, I see you use Dijon…missed that. I’ll try your version because it looks really good. 🙂
I never know what to do with left over ham…besides quiche. Thanks for this recipe!
This looks super yummy. I’ve done chicken salad and tuna salad…but I never would have thought to do ham salad!! Great recipe! Especially with the Dijon mustard. I’m sure that gives it a little kick! Visiting from Lovely Thursday!!
A great recipe for all that left over Easter Ham, I love Ham Salad. Your Ham Salad looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special week.
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What is the red ingredient in pic? Pepper relish? I see everything else Also!
It’s a little bit of hot sweet pickle relish that I had that is accounted for in the full amount of pickle relish. If you have a favorite brand, you could mix it half and half with the green pickle relish, but it is not essential to the recipe. I didn’t list it since it is harder to find and doesn’t change the recipe at all. Or, if you like a little spicy like I do, adding a minced jalapeno to the mix of sweet relish should be the same. ~Sue
my chicken and potato salads , I have put both sweet and dill relish in them, depending on what my taste buds are craving!
Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate.
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This is a great way to use up leftover ham. We had these for lunch today. I enjoyed the crunch from the celery and the flavor of the relish. It completely repurposed the ham. Yum! Thank you.
Glad you enjoyed! ~s
Just had this for dinner tonight! We love ham salad! Such a favorite! Thanks for sharing it on our Easter Leftover Makeover Party
Just the plain ground ham from your food processor goes great mixed in with eggs and cooked as scrambled. I enjoy for breakfast and I’ve eating ham salad sandwiche@s (without the mustard) since my mother hooked me on them back in the 1950s for school lunches