April 24, 2014

Ham Leftovers? ~ Make Ham Salad!

What to do with those last little bits of Easter ham leftovers?  Make Ham Salad, of course!  And then enjoy it as a yummy sandwich filling or as a topping on crackers.  Either way, it's delicious!

So, do you still have ham in the fridge from last Sunday's Easter dinner?  Until lunch time today, I did.  But not anymore.  Nope.  I transformed the last bit today into this creamy, comfort-food ham salad.  And then ...
I said good-bye to it by gobbling it all up for lunch.

I must say, it met a very tasty demise!

Truth be told, though, I stole my ham leftovers.

Okay, so not really stole.  Took them from the ham my Mom cooked for Easter, to be exact.  Yes, I still get away with taking absolutely zero responsibility for our family's Easter dinner and have the luxury of simply helping my Mom out.  But I still get the benefits of enjoying leftovers since Mom sends me and the hubby home with a doggie bag each year.  She's sweet like that!

But I think I took a little more ham this year than Mom really wanted me to.  Don't worry, Mom! ... I assure you it didn't go to waste.

I've always been a fan of ham salad, and love to eat it both in sandwiches and slathered on top of crackers.  Either way is just fine with me!  When I make my salad, I like to include a generous amount of pickle relish ... though now I use salad cubes instead ...

... Salad cubes taste the same as sweet pickle relish, but they're in bigger chunks and less 'mushy' than relish.  They add a wonderful bit of texture and crunch to the finished salad.

So if you've got that laaaaaast little bit of ham left that you don't want to go to waste, whip up this easy, creamy ham salad.  I'm sure you'll enjoy its very tasty demise, too.

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Ham Salad
  • 2 c. fully cooked ham
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 1/4 c. sweet salad cubes {or sweet pickle relish}
  • 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  1. Process ham in a food processor until finely chopped, or mince finely with a knife.
  2. Finely chop egg and combine with ham. Add salad cubes and pepper. Stir in mayonnaise, adding enough to make the ham salad smooth and creamy.
  3. Chill for about an hour before serving to let the flavors meld together.

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  1. You didn't take too much ham.....I'm even giving it to the neighbors! Remind next year not to buy such a big one. I'll make this ham salad tomorrow.

    1. I'm sure the neighbors are enjoying your cooking. Enjoy the ham salad! :-)

  2. This is such a genius idea!!!! Love the egg in there too! YUM!

    1. Thank you, Jen. The egg seems to cut a little of the ham's saltiness, 'smoothing' it out nicely.

  3. This reminds me of my grandma! She would always make ham salad! Thank you for the memories and thank you for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

  4. This looks like a great sandwich filling, yum! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  5. Beverly Cherry PopeMarch 26, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    I have never heard of ham salad looks yummy...Love the fact you use Mt. Olive pickles that's my hometown!


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