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This classic ham salad recipe is perfect for sandwiches. It’s also great on crackers or lettuce wraps. Make it for lunch, bring it on picnics, or enjoy it as a snack.

Cutting board with lettuce topped with homemade ham salad ready to be made into a wrap next to a bowl of more ham salad and some ham salad on crackers.

Whether you are looking for a way to use up leftover ham or you are just hungry and need something delicious, this ham salad recipe is for you. It is simple but really makes the best sandwiches.

There are a million ways you can tweak the recipe to make it your own, but we love it just the way it is. It is nostalgic and perfect in its simplicity.

Preparing the Ham

There are a few ways you can go with the ham here. There really isn’t a wrong way. It is just a matter of personal preference.

If you like really small bits of ham in the salad, use your food processor. Put the ham in there and pulse it until the meat resembles small crumbs.

Then finely dice your celery to match, and you will have a deli style ham salad.

If you like larger chunks, use a knife instead. Cut the ham into small cubes and turn it into a chunk salad.

Both ways are delicious and obviously taste very similar, but the texture is quite different. Try it both ways and see which one you like better.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store ham salad?

You can keep homemade ham salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze ham salad?

Freezing ham salad is not recommended as it can change the texture. Opt for making a half batch instead if you don’t think you can eat it all in 5 days.

Ham Salad Variations

Here are a couple of ideas to change up your ham salad:

Onion: For a little more crunch, you can use diced onion in place of the green onion. Or use both if you really like onion.

Herbs: You can also stir in some fresh herbs if you would like. A little dill is delicious. Just start with a pinch and taste as you go.

Ham salad being used as a topper for crackers and on lettuce, ready to be enjoyed.

Mustard: We tend to use yellow mustard, but Dijon is also delicious.

Other Mix-ins: Feel free to make this your own. Add a little pickle relish if you want or even some diced pimentos. Almost anything goes.

Extra flavor boosts: try mixing in a dash of hot sauce or some cayenne for a little spice. Or add some diced hard boiled eggs and make deviled ham and egg salad sandwiches instead.

Serving Suggestions:

Of course, a sandwich is the classic way to go. Some white bread and a generous helping of ham salad with or without some lettuce is delicious.

We also love it as an open faced sandwich on toast. Or spread a little ham salad over crackers for a snack.

For a healthier option, serve a scoop over a bed of lettuce or spoon down the center of lettuce and make a wrap. You could even stir some into a pasta salad for an added protein boost.

Wooden board with a bowl of chunky ham salad next to a lettuce wrap and crackers topped with more ham salad.

More Recipes to Try:

If you like recipes like this, you may also like my chicken salad with fruit or make some classic egg salad. Like this recipe, both are versatile and perfect for sandwiches or snacks.

If you are looking for other ways to use leftover ham, try making a sweet pasta salad or Instant Pot ham and beans.

Bowl of ham salad with diced ham and celery in creamy dressing, ready to serve.

Ham Salad

Servings: 8 Servings (about ¾ cup each)
Author: Carlee
This classic ham salad recipe is perfect for sandwiches. It’s also great on crackers or lettuce wraps. Make it for lunch, bring it on picnics, or enjoy it as a snack.
5 from 1 rating
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ½ cup celery finely chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 5 cups fully cooked ham finely diced
  • Slider buns bread, or crackers for serving

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, honey, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and salt.
    ¾ cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons prepared mustard, ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Add the celery, green onions, and ham. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    ½ cup celery, ¼ cup green onions, 5 cups fully cooked ham
  • Serve on bread or slider buns for sandwiches or pile on crackers or leaf lettuce for a snack.

Notes

Use your favorite kind of mustard, pretty much anything works here.
For a finer ham salad, put the ham in a food processor and pulse until the meat resembles small crumbs.
Store ham salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 19gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 1382mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Saturday 8th of June 2024

This was easy and delicious.