Ham Salad

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Ham Salad has been a favorite of mine forever! As much as I love honey baked ham, I almost love the leftovers more so I can make this recipe!

A few seconds in a food processor and a handful of tasty mix-ins and you’ve got the perfect lunch! Add your favorite flavors from pickles, to dijon mustard or even shredded cheddar or swiss!

A ham salad sandwich cut in half with a pickle on top of it.

It seems like every family has their own version of homemade ham salad. Growing up we always made it using canned ham (I’m not going to lie, I still love it that way). This ham salad spread recipe is super easy however we use leftover ham making it incredibly delicious! We love serving it during lunchtime in the summer with some cucumber salad and homemade chicken salad sandwiches!

How to Make Ham Salad

Ham salad is a quickie lunch fix, whether you have a food processor or not. Here’s all you do:

  1. Dice the ham into small chunks or whirl it in a food processor.
  2. Transfer the ham to a bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients (per the recipe below).
  3. Serve in rolls or on bread or even put it out for guests to dip crackers into. To keep it low carb, wrap it in lettuce wraps or serve it over salad.

Really, that’s all there is to it!

Ham salad ingredients in a clear mixing bowl lice diced ham, celery, and mayonnaise.

Ham Salad Variations

Now’s the chance for you to get creative! Here are some of the options for variations on this simple ham salad recipe:

  • Feeding a crowd? Make your leftover ham stretch farther by mixing it with diced, hard boiled eggs. Ham salad with egg makes a tasty spread for bread or crackers.
  • Only have a little ham salad left? Blend it to a finer consistency with a little pickle juice, put it in a small bowl and serve it as a dip.
  • Grilled ham and cheese on rye. You don’t need slices of ham to make this classic. Simply mix your ham salad with some shredded cheddar cheese. The flavors will melt together for a scrumptious lunch.
  • Turn it into a meal. For dinner, use your basic ham salad recipe as the basis for a macaroni salad with ham, or ham pasta salad. Dice in some sweet gherkins or dill pickles, and add a dollop of Dijon mustard for some tangy flavors. Diced onion and bell pepper, or jars of pimento of roasted red pepper also combine well in a ham macaroni salad. Use rotini or penne if you are making ham pasta salad.

More Ways to Use Leftover Ham

A bowl of ham salad ready to serve next to crackers.

How to Freeze Ham Salad

Ham salad is one of those dishes best served cold. It keeps just a few days in the fridge, but if you make too much to use up quickly, you can freeze it instead. Just don’t let it sit in the refrigerator for a few days, and then decide freeze it! (Bad idea, from a food safety standpoint.)

To freeze, pack it in freezer safe plastic containers, and leave about an inch of head space for expansion.


5 from 4 votes
Review Recipe

Ham Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Ham, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
The best thing about leftover ham is it gives you the chance to make ham salad! You can whip it up in the food processor in a flash.


  • 1 lb cooked ham diced
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • black pepper to taste
Optional Add Ins
  • 3 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 2 teaspoons mustard or dijon
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 green onion finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice

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  1. Place diced ham in a food processor and pulse a few times to chop. You want it fairly fine but not a paste.
  2. Place in a bowl and add remaining ingredients until creamy and smooth.
  3. Serve with crackers or use to make ham salad sandwiches.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 275, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 1388mg, Potassium: 268mg, Carbohydrates: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 13g, Vitamin A: 135%, Vitamin C: 0.9%, Calcium: 22%, Iron: 1.3%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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We absolutely love these homemade ham salad sandwiches in the summer. They're simple, easy, and delicious! #spendwithpennies #ham #hamsalad #hamsaladsandwich #lunch #hamsaladrecipe
We absolutely love these homemade ham salad sandwiches in the summer. They're simple, easy, and delicious! #spendwithpennies #ham #hamsalad #hamsaladsandwich #lunch #hamsaladrecipe

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    1. Hi Gerry, if you scroll all the way to the bottom (or use the jump to recipe button at the top) there is a recipe card with full ingredient list and instructions.

  1. I also add some dried cranberries for some tartness and the added texture. Sometimes I mince a banana pepper as well for a zestiest option.

  2. I use boiled eggs, finely chopped bacon, red onion, bell pepper, celery, sweet relish mayo, dijon mustard, red pepper flakes and shredded smoked cheddar and shredded smoked ham. But I’m a dude and I don’t know no damn better. Lol

  3. Delish! Used mustard, sweet pickle relish, some relish “juice”, green onion, mayo and 1/2 jalapeño (seeded). Would’ve added the celery if mine wasn’t rotten, lol! Great recipe, thanks!

  4. Excellent. Added a bit of spicy musturerd teaspoon of swt relish cause wife doesnt care for it. It turned out perfect

  5. Oh do I agree that ham salad is wonderful. One exception; use sweet pickles or relish instead of dill pickles for ham. Definitely use the Dijon mustard. So good.

  6. Your ‘add-ins’ are usually what’s in REAL Ham Salad where I came from! Most folks use sweet pickles OR sweet pickle relish, NOT dill pickles, nor their juice. A ‘neutral’ ham is typically used (not sweet ham or smoked ham) so that the flavor of the ham won’t overpower the add-ins. BTW, can’t anyone make a salad without adding mustard? It must be a southern ‘thang’, and it tends to overpower the flavor of the salad. If you season your dish, you won’t have to muck it up by adding (the flavor copout) mustard! Sorry, but I had to say this.

    1. There are certainly different ways to make a ham salad including the optional items. I’m sure your version is delicious too, I’m not from the South but I am sharing my version here.

      We don’t find that 2 teaspoons of mustard overpower the ham but again, it’s listed as optional so you can certainly leave it out.