Ham Salad

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Ham Salad has been a favorite of mine forever! As much as I love copycat 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!

Ham Salad in a sandwich

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!

Raw ingredients for Ham Salad

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

Ham Salad in a bowl

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.


Ham Salad in a bowl
5 from 71 votes
Review Recipe

Ham Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
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 pound cooked ham diced
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • black pepper to taste
Optional Add Ins
  • 3 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 2 teaspoons mustard or dijon
  • ½ cup dill pickles chopped
  • 1 green onion finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice

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  • Place diced ham in a food processor and pulse a few times to chop. You want it fairly fine but not a paste.
  • Place in a bowl and add remaining ingredients until creamy and smooth.
  • Serve with crackers or use to make ham salad sandwiches.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 275, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 1388mg, Potassium: 268mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 135IU, Vitamin C: 0.9mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1.3mg

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

Keyword ham salad
Course Ham, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. I was so surprised. First time I’ve made ham spread. This is so good. I used Dijon and no relish, but Everything else.
    I had some marble rye bread, so I toasted it and put a little Hellman’s on the toast with ice burg lettuce. So Yummy!
    This is a keeper.
    Thanks so much for sharing 5 stars

    1. You’re welcome Kristin! It’s great to hear when people try new things and love them!

  2. My go-to recipe for ham salad. So good! I usually double it and use half mayo/half plain Greek yogurt. And always dill (never sweet). My favorite way to serve is as sandwiches on rye bread.5 stars

    1. I like to use half miracle whip and half mayonnaise for some reason adding the miracle whip gives a good flavor

  3. My family makes this with bologna. We put the bologna, an onion, and dill pickles through an old meat grinder and then add Mayo or miracle whip. I have loved it since I was a kid.5 stars

    1. Yes! We used to make this with ham sometimes and sometimes bologna. Great fun for kids grinding it in the grinder! Fond memories!

    1. The “BS” is all related to the recipe and ingredients. This helps those that are less familiar in the kitchen as cooks of all levels use this site. There is a “Jump to Recipe” button at the top of each page that will take you directly to the recipe.

  4. Just made this and doubled the recipe. I skipped the celery. I chopped up some bread and butter pickles to go with my sweet relish. I also used onion. I only had 1 cup of Mayo left, so for the remaining portion, I used coleslaw dressing. Mixed it all in and it’s a hit. Thank you for sharing.5 stars