Ham Salad – Basic Recipe & Ways to Mix it Up

Ham Salad – Basic Recipe & Ways to Mix it Up

Ham Salad

Cooking a huge Rosemary Mustard Crusted ham for two people on Easter weekend gave us a lot of leftovers. I chose a large ham so we could have ham for breakfast and summer as well as to make ham salad. I start the salad with this basic recipe and then add to it to give it a lot of variety.

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Traditionally, ham is ground before mayo is added. I’m not a fan of that texture, and I think it makes it difficult to add to. Size matters in salads. It’s kind of awkward to have ground ham with chunks of other things. Instead, I dice the ham into 1/4″ pieces to start and then chop it into tiny pieces. This is a great start to adding to the basic ham salad recipe. To this recipe you might add 1/2 cup of:

  • diced celery
  • craisins, diced if they’re large
  • raisins
  • walnuts, chopped
  • apple, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup onion, diced

Stick to around 1/2 to 1 cup total when you make additions like those above. You don’t want to lose the ham.  I personally like 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup craisins or raisins, and up to 1/2 cup diced apple.

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  • large boiled egg, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup sweet relish

With these additions, taste as you go. A supply of clean spoons on the counter is helpful.

If you have a lot of leftover ham you can dice it all and set some aside to use in omelets or scrambled eggs. Add it to your chef salad. I like to add a scoop of ham salad to the side of my Chef salad.

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Ham Salad - Basic Recipe & Ways to Mix it Up
Ham Salad - Basic Recipe & Ways to Mix it Up
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
Ham Salad - Basic Recipe & Ways to Mix it Up
Instructions
  1. Slice the ham into 1/4" inch pieces. Using a cleaver or other large kitchen knife, shop the ham into small pieces. Don't be concerned with uniformity.
    ham salad, slice from bone
  2. Mix in the mayo and black pepper. Start with 1/2 cup mayo. If it isn't the consistency you like, add more, a little at a time.
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  1. In central Illinois we make what is called ham salad, but in reality bologna is used. You grind it up, along with pickles and or celery, some onion plus boiled eggs. Various seasonings may be added to the mayo which is used to combine it. This is used as a sandwich spread. It has been around for many years. One may substitute roast beef or any other left over meat, for the bologna.

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