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Old Fashioned Ham Salad Recipe

This old fashioned ham salad recipe is a classic that is perfect for any occasion. This simple recipe is easy to follow and produces an amazing ham salad that you and your guests will love.

This old fashioned ham salad recipe is a classic that is perfect for any occasion. This simple recipe is easy to follow and produces an amazing ham salad that everyone who tries it will love.

Plus, this sandwich spread or cracker topping treat is a favorite way to use leftover ham and can be easily tailored to your own taste preferences. So, if you are looking for an easy and tasty ham salad recipe, then look no further than this old fashioned version. Enjoy!

Overhead view of a pink bowl filled with ham salad next to an oblong white tray with black trim holding Ritz crackers

I almost always make a ham for Christmas day dinner and for Easter. While I love to buy a big ham sometimes, using up all the leftovers can be challenging but that's why I love this easy ham salad recipe and this recipe for Instant Pot Ham and Cabbage. Both recipes are delicious and ready in no time!

This recipe was inspired by memories from my childhood and my Mom's cooking. She made so many wonderful dishes, a few of which I have shared on the blog and that you can find here.

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You can find more delicious Leftover Ham Recipes here.

🍴 Ingredients

This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Glass measuring cup filled with cubed leftover ham used for an old-fashioned ham salad recipe
  • cooked chopped ham (this is a great way to use up leftover holiday ham)
  • hard boiled eggs
  • chopped onion
  • sweet pickle relish
  • mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • mustard
Bowl with mayonnaise, mustard, and sweet relish for a ham salad recipe

See recipe card for quantities.

🔪 Instructions

This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions and nutritional information can be found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  1. Cube cooked ham.
  2. Place in the work bowl of a blender or food processor.
  3. Mix mayonnaise, mustard, and sweet relish in bowl and add to blender.
  4. Add hard boiled eggs and chopped onion.
  5. Pulse the ham mixture until desired consistency scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.
Fresh bowl of old fashioned ham salad surrounded by Ritz crackers on a white tablecloth

This is a delicious ham salad spread for sandwiches or to top crackers!

collage of photos showing KitchenAid meat grinder attachment grinding ham to make an old fashioned ham salad

Hint: For a grinded meat consistency, use a Kitchen Aid mixer with a meat grinder attachment.

📖 Variations

  • Lettuce Wraps - Roll up this Southern style ham salad recipe in a lettuce leaf for a light and tasty appetizer that would be perfect for bridal showers and baby showers.
  • Ham and Pineapple Sandwiches - Serve on Hawaiian slider buns topped with pineapple slices or chunks.
  • Open Faced Homemade Ham Salad Hoagie - Spread ham salad on a hoagie bun cut in half lengthwise (similar to this Philly Cheese Steak for a Crowd Recipe), top with swiss cheese or cheddar cheese and lightly toast in the air fryer or oven until the cheese has melted and the bread has a slight crisp to it. Top with sliced sweet pickles.
  • Add 2 tsp. of pickle juice or fresh lemon juice to the mayonnaise step for a light tangy kick!
Close up view of old fashioned ham salad spread on a Ritz cracker being held in a hand

🍽 Equipment

The following items will help you to make this recipe successfully.

🍱Storage

For safety and quality ham salad should be refrigerated in an airtight container and will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Freshly made ham salad can be frozen in a freezer-safe plastic storage container. Allow a ½ inch headspace to allow for expansion.

Freeze the ham salad in a freezer for one to two months and thaw in refrigerator when you're ready to eat it. Note that the consistency and texture of the ham salad will change after being frozen but will still be edible.

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If you click on the number of servings in the recipe card below ⬇️ you can adjust the measurements up or down for the exact number of servings you need.

📖 Recipe

Old Fashioned Ham Salad Recipe

This old fashioned ham salad recipe is a classic that is perfect for any occasion. This simple recipe is easy to follow and produces an amazing ham salad that you and your guests will love.
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Fresh bowl of old fashioned ham salad surrounded by Ritz crackers on a white tablecloth
Prep Time:10 mins
Total Time:10 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups ham cooked and cubed
  • ¼ cup onion white, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 eggs hard boiled
  • 2 tablespoon sweet relish

Instructions

  • Cube cooked ham.
  • Place in the work bowl of a blender or food processor.
  • Mix mayonnaise, mustard, and sweet relish in bowl and add to blender.
  • Add hard boiled eggs and chopped onion.
  • Pulse the ham mixture until desired consistency scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.

Nutrition

Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 888mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 343kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $5.00

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  1. This looks exactly like what I grew up with - and haven't had in years!
    The meat grinder seems to be the missing ingredient; I could never figure out how to get the ham small enough to make it like I remembered.
    Now I'm hungry. : )