Appetizer/ Main Dish/ Salad

Ham Salad

December 28, 2020

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Tasty deviled ham salad is perfect for adding to a sandwich or using as a spread on crackers. Similar to egg salad or tuna salad, this easy recipe is a great way to use up leftover ham.

A stacked sandwich filled with deviled ham and lettuce.

This ham salad spread has so much flavor and is perfect to make up a quick sandwich or serve as a spread for crackers on your appetizer buffet. Make with leftover ham or deli ham.

Key Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and measurements can be found below. Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Ham – use leftover holiday ham or buy ham from your deli
  • Mayonnaise – use whatever you have in your refrigerator
  • Celery – finely diced
  • Pickle relish – sweet relish is what I’ve used. You could also use dill pickle relish or finely chop up dill pickles
  • Dijon mustard – use regular yellow mustard if you prefer
A white bowl filled with chopped ham, diced celery and mayonnaise.

To Make

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Place ham in a food processor.
  • Pulse until finely chopped. Do not over chop or you will end up with a paste
  • Place ham in a bowl along with finely diced celery, mayonnaise, dijon and pickle relish
  • Stir lightly until combined
  • Serve right away or cover and refrigerate

Tips for making ham salad

  • The amount of mayonnaise added will vary depending on how dry your ham is. Start with a 1/2 cup and add more as needed
  • Don’t over process your ham, you want a fine dice, but not a paste
  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely mince the ham with a knife
  • Keep salad covered and refrigerated for up to two days
A small white bowl filled with a ham salad and a sandwich in the background.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this tasty salad on multigrain bread with homemade potato chips.

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A stacked sandwich filled with deviled ham and lettuce.

Ham Salad

A sandwich spread made with finely chopped ham, celery and pickle relish.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 366 kcal


  • 2 cups ham (cubed)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 stalk celery (finely diced)
  • 1 tablespoon pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard


  • Place the cubed ham into a food processor. Pulse a few times until ham is finely chopped. Do not over work or ham will become a paste.
  • Place ham in a bowl along with mayonnaise, celery, pickle relish and dijon mustard. Stir lightly until combined.
  • Add to a sandwich or crackers or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.


  • Additional mayonnaise may be needed, depending on the dryness of your ham
  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely mince the ham with a knife


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 366kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 16gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 1072mgPotassium: 226mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
Keyword deviled ham, ham salad, ham salad spread
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  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 4, 2021 at 4:35 am

    5 stars
    I have to admit that I have never made ham salad before. And now I’m wondering why I haven’t thought about it! This looks amazing, Kathy, and we have leftover smoked ham in the freezer. Add in some good toasted grain bread, and I think I just found some awesome lunches for next week! 🙂

    • Reply
      January 4, 2021 at 4:43 am

      I didn’t grow up on it, but I fell in love with it right away. And it’s a great way to use up leftover ham that seems to last forever!

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