The Best Ham Salad Ever

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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

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)
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Ham Salad Ingredients

  • Boneless ham
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Pickle Relish
  • Mayonnaise
  • Prepared mustard
  • Pepper to taste

The Best Ham Salad Ever

Step One

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.

The Best Ham Salad

Step Two

Place your food processor on the countertop, place the ham, celery, and onion in the bowl of the processor.

Food Processor

Step Three

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.

Ready for Dressing

Step Four

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

Finished Product

The Best Ham Salad

The Best Ham Salad Recipe

5 from 3 votes
The Best Ham Salad
Ham Salad Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.

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What can I serve with this?

  • Biscuits
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Crackers
  • 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.

Final Word

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

16 thoughts on “The Best Ham Salad Ever

  • April 1, 2021 at 7:19 am
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    Which reminds me…I bought lots of the $1 cans of ham/turkey/chicken/tuna and one way to use is making sandwiches. It isn’t my first go to when hungry because I forget, bu they need using and I should make a list to remind me.
    Great recipe even if I have to use canned ham. AND, this recipe is great with the other meats too.

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    • April 1, 2021 at 9:03 am
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      Hi JayJay, I grew up on liverwurst as well. I love hearing you picked up cans of meat for $1!!! Linda

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  • April 1, 2021 at 8:00 am
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    Linda, I’m more of a tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad guy but this ham salad looks so good I printed it off to try. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • April 1, 2021 at 9:08 am
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      Hi Ray, I love the ham salad from HoneyBaked Ham. We do not have one here so I wanted to perfect the recipe BEFORE I serve my HoneyBaked Ham on Sunday. This ham I bought from a grocery store. I ordered a frozen ham from HoneyBaked ham and it was shipped here. Plus, HoneyBaked Ham sells Champagne Mustard. Life is good! Linda

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      • April 1, 2021 at 9:18 am
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        Linda, life is indeed good when you have HoneyBaked Ham and Champagne Mustard. I’m having a treat for breakfast this morning–fried potatoes covered with sausage gravy and eggs. And if I’m feeling particularly decadent I’ll add an English Muffin with strawberry cream cheese.

        Life is good when you don’t have to wonder where your next meal is coming from, and when you can share those meals with your loved ones..

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        • April 1, 2021 at 9:36 am
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          Hi Ray, oh my gosh, I LOVE sausage and gravy!! English Muffins with strawberry cream cheese. We truly are blessed that we have food on the table. Plus if we have the means we can share with others. Linda

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  • April 1, 2021 at 9:06 am
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    Hi Linda! Have you actually frozen this? I have always heard–may just be rumors–not to freeze mayo. Looks good for fresh anyway. Thanks!

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    • April 1, 2021 at 9:41 am
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      Hi Jan, I have not frozen this recipe but I have frozen the Ham Salad from Honeybaked Ham. I look at it this way, sometimes I can see that I will not be able to eat all of the Ham Salad from them, I froze some, drained off the liquid, and added fresh mayo. Mayo will never look the same after freezing. Linda

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  • April 1, 2021 at 9:24 pm
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    I like ham salad but my favorite was when we had a nice roast (beef) and mom ground up the leftovers and created pretty much what you have in the recipe but with ground cooked roast beef. Still my favorite. That being said, as a single, I rarely cook a roast or even a ham anymore so those are pretty much off the menu but I do egg salad, chicken salad when I get a roasted chicken. I don’t do fish or shellfish at all so no tuna (anaphylactic with shellfish and my allergist says no to any kind of seafood just in case. I also have to very carefully read labels to make sure there is no fish/shellfish in the product.

    Anyway, my daughter and son-in-law are cooking steaks for Easter dinner so I won’t have any left overs to bring home!!

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    • April 2, 2021 at 6:02 am
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      Hi Leanne, oh my, steak for Easter dinner, squeal!!! That sounds awesome! I forgot my mom made ground beef sandwiches, they are so good! I can’t remember the last roast I bought. An allergy to shellfish is nothing to mess with, I hear you on that one. Have fun on Sunday!!! Linda

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  • April 2, 2021 at 2:27 am
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    5 stars
    This sounds delicious. I like to make my salads using half Mayo/half nonfat Greek
    yogurt. Adds tang and decreases the fat. Without Miracle Whip’s.additives. I may try this with lower sodium ham and no added salt. We both have BP and Cardiac Issues. When you use the egg, do you chop it, pulse it or slice it? I grew up on liverwurst with mustard sandwiches too. I use that half Mayo/half Greek yogurt on meat salads, pasta salads, slaw and chopped vegetable salad, plus herbs for flavor. You could add bell pepper to this, especially for children or those who dislike onions. Guess recipe.

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    • April 2, 2021 at 6:10 am
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      Hi MaryAnn, thank you for the 5 stars! I’m glad you mentioned the sodium. I thought the chunk of ham I purchased was too salty to me. I will have to try the Greek yogurt with Mayo, a great idea. The HoneyBaked hams are not as salty. I did not add any salt to my batch. When I make my egg salad, I chop it. You and I grew up on liverwurst sandwiches!! I wish my dad was alive, he used to make a liverwurst dip with green onions as I remember. Today it might be called pate, but it was a dip to us. It was so good!! Linda

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  • April 3, 2021 at 6:51 am
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    5 stars
    We will definitely have to try this recipe. What size food processor do you recommend?

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    • April 3, 2021 at 9:04 am
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      Hi Karl, thank you for asking, I just looked and I have a 14-Cup Cuisinart. I know my mom didn’t have a food processor, they didn’t make them back then. If you have a meat grinder that would work. I know my mom used a meat grinder for all meat spreads. I will go add the link. Enjoy, Linda

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  • April 3, 2021 at 5:31 pm
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    5 stars
    I love this recipe and when we have ham I always make the ham salad I have also frozen it and then when I want the salad I thaw the ham and add the rest of the ingredients so good!!

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    • April 3, 2021 at 6:01 pm
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      Hi Deborah, SQUEAL! I’m so thankful to hear this! Thanks for the 5 star! I love hearing you freeze it! It’s so fun to make it! Linda

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