Ham Leftovers? ~ Make Ham Salad!

April 24, 2014
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.
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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.  I 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.

Nothing says comfort food like creamy and delicious ham salad.  Just perfect for using up those ham leftovers!

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 ...

Mt. Olive Sweet Salad Cubes image

... 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.

Mt. Olive Sweet Salad Cubes photo

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.

Enjoy it as a yummy sandwich filling or as a topping on crackers.  Either way, it's delicious. 

I'm sure you'll enjoy its very tasty demise, too.

Homemade Ham Salad photo




Ham Salad
Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
  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.
Enjoy!

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16 comments

  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.

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

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

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

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  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!

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  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!!

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  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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  6. Okay so I have never had ham salad. I KNOW. But now I think I need to try it.

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  7. Can I leave out the egg? My son is allergic to them. (I do have an egg-free Mayo, so that's not a problem.)

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  8. So glad to see this old recipe come back into use. A lot of senior,in age,cooks have done done this for years and also use left over roast the same way. It makes a yummy sandwich spread as well.

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  9. I use Bread n Butter pickles in my ham salad. Try it...you'll like it!

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  10. I always add finely diced celery and a small pinch of "hot mustard" (powder) along with of course, sweet relish, mayo and pepper.

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  11. This looks wonderful! I’ll have to try this this week!

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    Mrs. U

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  12. I have never heard of the sweet salad cubes, but you’d better believe they’re going right on the list and into my shopping cart 🛒 this afternoon when I go to market!!! What a wonderful idea! The exact “mushiness” you speak of is what I hate about pickle relish. I know our local Hy-Vee store carries the amount Olive brand, so I’ll look for it. THANK YOU! And yes...HAM SALAD ROCKS!!!!!

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