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Old Fashioned Ham Salad

This Old Fashioned Ham Salad recipe combines leftover ham, hard-boiled egg, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, mustard, celery, onion, and seasonings. This classic recipe is ready in just 5 minutes with 6 basic ingredients and 5 steps. For the best flavor plan to chill in the fridge for 1 – 2 hours.

Why I love this recipe

This ham salad spread is a great way to use up that leftover holiday ham for a quick lunch or dinner, but you can also use ham steaks. It is a great option to have instead of chicken salad or tuna salad. It also is delicious as a lettuce wrap.

chopped ham salad on a sandwich roll.
Old Fashioned Ham Salad

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Simple Ingredients

(amounts are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

fully cooked ham

hard-boiled eggs (optional)

celery

onion

mayonnaise

sweet pickle relish

yellow mustard (or Dijon mustard)

Salt and black pepper

Optional – sandwich rolls, white bread, slider buns, or Ritz crackers

Substitutions

If you want a spicy ham salad sandwich spread, try adding horseradish.

You can use diced dill pickles, dill relish, or diced sweet pickles instead of sweet relish.

Miracle Whip works in place of the mayonnaise.

Equipment used for this recipe

How to make Old Fashioned Ham Salad

Step 1 – Place the ham, hard-boiled eggs, celery, and onion in a food processor and do quick pulses until finely chopped. You can also chop everything by hand with a sharp knife, until finely diced but this will add time to the recipe.

ham, hard boiled eggs, onion, mustard, and pickle relish in a food processor.

Step 2 – In a large mixing bowl, combine the ham mixture, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, and mustard. Mix until well combined. 

Mayo mixed into the ham mixture.
Old Fashioned Ham Salad

Step 3 – Taste the ham spread and add salt and black pepper if needed.

Step 4 – Refrigerate until time to serve, 1 – 2 hours is best for flavor. 

Step 5 – Serve on sandwich rolls, white bread, slider buns, or Ritz crackers

ham spread piled on a sandwich bun.
Ham Spread for Crackers or Sandwiches

Pro Tips

If you need to make the hard-boiled egg, the time to make this recipe will increase.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Recipe FAQs

What are the main ingredients in ham salad?

The main ingredients in this delicious ham salad are leftover ham, celery, onion, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, salt, and black pepper.

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Yield: Serves 4

Old Fashioned Ham Salad

ham spread piled on a sandwich bun.

This Old Fashioned Ham Salad recipe combines leftover ham, hard-boiled egg, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, mustard, celery, onion, and seasonings. This simple recipe is ready in just 5 minutes with 6 basic ingredients and 5 steps. For the best flavor plan to chill in the fridge for 1–2 hours.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fully cooked ham
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2 of a small onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional - 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • Optional - sandwich rolls or crackers

Instructions

  1. Place the ham, hard-boiled eggs, celery, and onion in a large food processor and pulse until finely chopped. You can also chop everything by hand until finely diced but this will add time to the recipe.
  2. Combine the ham mixture, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, and mustard in a large bowl. Mix until well combined.
  3. Taste the ham spread and add salt and black pepper if needed.
  4. Refrigerate until time to serve, 1 – 2 hours is best for flavor.
  5. Serve on sandwich rolls or crackers.

Notes

  • If you need to make the hard-boiled egg, the time to make this recipe will increase.
  • If you want spicy ham salad, try adding horseradish.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 443Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 177mgSodium: 1633mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 30g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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