Mom’s Favorite Ham Salad

Mom’s Favorite Ham Salad is a killer way to use leftover ham. It’s ready in minutes with just a few ingredients, this classic recipe is a total keeper!

An overhead image of hands holding a ham salad sandwich

Ham Salad

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I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of ham. Specifically, deli ham (I had a bad experience a long time ago, I’ll leave it at that!). But over the years I’ve come back around, specifically to the baked hams we have at holidays (deli ham is still not my thing). So when my mom brought up her love for a good ham salad sandwich, I knew I should probably give it a try.

So a few weeks back when I make my super easy Crock Pot Ham I figured I should give it a whirl. I love that the rest of the ingredients are things most of us already have hanging out in our fridge or pantry. This comes together in minutes giving you a simple, delicious and satisfying lunch and a great way to repurpose leftover ham!

Try these other recipes featuring leftover ham recipes:

An overhead image of a bowl of ham salad

Tips for making this Ham Salad Recipe

  • Use sweet onion! It’s a more subtle flavor and won’t make your significant other want to avoid kissing you.
  • Use a food processor- it’s super efficient.
  • Before placing the ham into the food processor, I roughly dice that (and the onions and celery) so that I can measure them out accurately. Then the food processor does the rest.
  • Although I give amounts for ingredient, I want you to taste the ham salad and adjust the ingredients to your taste. You should be doing this with everything you cook, but this recipe is totally adjustable to your unique taste.

A close up image of the ham salad

Frequently asked questions about making deviled ham

  • What is ham salad made of? There are a variety of ingredients you could include, but I like to keep things super simple with ham, onion, celery, mayonnaise, sweet relish and a little salt and pepper.
  • How long is ham salad good for? 3-5 days covered in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze prepared ham salad? Yes, but you’ll want to freeze it right after making the ham salad.
  • Can you tell me how to serve ham salad? This can be served as a sandwich filling. If you want a lighter option, spread it onto crackers or rice cake or make a wrap. Or even better yet- make a lettuce wrap! For a quick and easy appetizer, you can get pre-made phillo cups and spoon some ham salad into them- instant canapes!
  • How to make ham salad without a food processor? You can chop the ingredients up by hand, but you want it to be more of a mince- a really, really fine chop, so that you’re making a spread.

A half sandwich featuring this ham salad recipe

Make it a meal!

A few great recipes to round out and complete this meal would be:

A spoon containing a scoop of deviled ham from a bowl

Helpful tools:

  1. Food processor
  2. Chef’s knife
  3. Cutting board
  4. Spatula
  5. Measuring cups
  6. Measuring spoons
Mom's Favorite Ham Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Mom's Favorite Ham Salad is a killer way to use leftover ham. It's ready in minutes with just a few ingredients, this classic recipe is a total keeper!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham salad
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Patty Scuteri
Ingredients
  • 2 cups leftover ham, roughly diced
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cups celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sweet relish
  • Kosher salt, to taste (start with a pinch)
  • Ground back pepper to taste (start with a pinch)
Instructions
  1. Place ham into the food processor and process until it's finely minced. Remove from food processor and place into a mixing bowl.

  2. Place onion into the food processor and process until it's finely minced. Remove from food processor and place into a mixing bowl.

  3. Place celery into the food processor and process until it's finely minced. Remove from food processor and place into a mixing bowl.

  4. Add mayonnaise, relish and a pinch of salt and pepper to the mixing bowl and stir well until full combined.

  5. Taste and adjust the ingredients to your taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.

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2 Comments

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    Nic
    April 26, 2019 at 12:31 am Haven't thought about ham salad in ages! I remember my Grandma making this using a hand-cranked "food processor" called a salad master. Tucking this idea away for those lazy it-is-too-hot-to-cook days headed our way.
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