I’m sharing the best ham salad recipe today with you. Did your parents make tuna salad, egg salad, corned beef, or ham salad as you were growing up? After I got married and realized the cost of food after living on my own, I realized why my mom always added hard-boiled eggs to tuna and ham salad sandwiches. At the time, I’m sure eggs were cheaper so she stretched the meat to go further with a filler.
It’s funny because even now when I open a can of tuna, I have to giggle. When our family was young, I could make seven sandwiches with one can of tuna. Why seven, well we had four daughters and Mark needed two sandwiches.
Our family consisted of 6 people, so there you have it. I wonder if you could even taste the layer of tuna back then, life is full of memories.
When you buy a ham, it may come as a spiral cut ham, or glazed, usually with honey. Most grocery store hams are fully cooked, but be sure and read the label on the one you purchase. I typically buy one that we serve cold, that’s fully cooked, and ready to serve.
If you decide to warm yours up, you may want to use a thermometer to ensure the temperature is 140 degrees F. If you have some extra glaze, drizzle it over the ham and brown it under the broiler until it’s brown. Keep your eye on the meat so it doesn’t burn.
If you purchased a partially cooked ham, please read the label. Remember most hams are already cooked, do not cook it again or you will have a super dry ham, not fun to serve.
In case you missed my post, Pork: Everything You Need to Know
What is Ham?
I quote from Wikipedia, “Ham is pork from a leg cut that has been preserved by wet or dry curing, with or without smoking. As a processed meat, the term “ham” includes both whole cuts of meat and ones that have been mechanically formed.”
The Best Ham Salad Ever
Kitchen Items You Will Need
- Cutting Board
- Good Knife
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Food Processor (optional)
- Meat Grinder (optional)
Ham Salad Ingredients
- Boneless ham
- Pickle Relish
- Prepared mustard
- Pepper to taste
The Best Ham Salad Ever
Gather the ingredients so you don’t have to scramble looking for them. I love everything lined up, can you tell? I cubed the ham, chopped the onions, and chopped the celery beforehand.
Place your food processor on the countertop, place the ham, celery, and onion in the bowl of the processor.
Place the lid on and lock in place. I pushed the pulse button 20 short and quick times to get it to the consistency I wanted. Be sure and scrape the sides of the bowl to mix it thoroughly.
Combine the mayo, pickle relish, and mustard and stir until mixed. Add the meat mixture with the mayo mixture. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
Serve on rolls or use as a spread on your favorite crackers. The ham salad may or may not need salt, so use a little pepper first. Enjoy.
The Best Ham Salad Recipe
- 2 pounds Ham, boneless
- 2 stalks Celery, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Onion, chopped fine
- 2 teaspoons Pickle relish (sweet or dill works)
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Prepared mustard
- Pepper to taste
- 10 Dinner Rolls or Crackers (for a spread)
- 1 Hard-Boiled Egg, optional
Place your food processor on the countertop, place the ham, celery, and onion in the bowl of the processor. I pushed the pulse button 20 short and quick times to get it to the consistency I wanted. Be sure and scrape the sides of the bowl to mix it thoroughly. Combine the mayo, pickle relish, and mustard and stir until mixed. Add the meat mixture with the mayo mixture. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Serve on rolls or use as a spread on your favorite crackers. The ham salad may or may not need salt, so use a little pepper first. Enjoy.
What can I serve with this?
- Dinner Rolls
- A Tossed Salad
- Spinach Salad
- Fresh Fruit
How long can I safely store this in the refrigerator?
I’m a nervous Nellie when it comes to leftovers with meat, especially pork. To be honest, I would freeze what you can’t use within 1-2 days.
What should I store the leftovers in?
Place the leftovers in an airtight container or a freezer bag.
Can I make this recipe with Miracle Whip?
Yes, you can, for sure. I grew up making it with mayo, but Mark introduced me to Miracle Whip and the rest is history. If you make this recipe with Miracle Whip, please don’t freeze it, when it thaws it will be a watery mess. I know from experience.
Can I freeze the leftovers?
Yes, you can freeze it. Place the leftovers in a freezer bag or airtight container, just leave some headspace for expansion. Freeze up to 1-2 months.
There is something awesome about making another meal with leftover ham from the day before. I hope you try making the best ham salad recipe soon.
Let me know what you put in your ham salad. Let’s compare notes. May God Bless this world, Linda