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The best Ham Salad recipe…how to make ham spread with leftover ham. Plus, three other recipes with ham leftovers including potatoes, sandwiches and rollups!
Thanks to the Ohio Pork Council for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are mine.
Did you grow up eating ham salad sandwiches? The first time I remember eating ham salad spread was at my grandma’s house. I think she had often served it, but when I was younger I never wanted to try it. When Maddie was little, she tried it and LOVED it. It was then that I finally tried it for myself. Ham salad is versatile, easy to make and serves up an excellent snack or lunchtime sandwich.
Ham salad is really easy to make. Simply take leftover cooked ham (or buy ham specifically for this purpose!) and run it through the food processor. If you have a food grinder, you could run the ham through a grinder, but I like the texture of the processed ham. It’s smaller than diced ham, so works well as a “spread”. You’ll want about two cups of chopped up ham.
Add shredded swiss cheese. I’m a cheese-lover, so this step is a must. Ham & swiss just go together, right?
Add mayonnaise or whipped salad dressing. The choice is yours. Go with whichever you like on a sandwich, or you can even use half whipped dressing and half mayo. It’s your choice!
The last crucial ingredient is a touch of dijon mustard. The mustard adds a little zing of flavor that you’ll love.
As I said above, I LOVE adding cheese to ham salad. Not all ham spreads call for cheese. You can leave it out if you choose. Or you could even add cheddar cheese for a different twist if you’d like.
Some people add hard-boiled eggs to ham spread. At Easter time when you are trying to use up leftover ham and eggs, this recipe is perfect!
If you like a crunchy texture to your sandwich spreads, add a touch of relish (either dill or sweet), finely diced onion or even chopped celery. These are all optional add ins. I choose to leave them out, but I’ve had ham salad with a touch of sweet pickle relish and it’s given it a nice touch of flavor.
Serve this ham salad on crackers or a sandwich. It makes cute finger sandwiches for brunches, showers and afternoon tea parties.
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If you are looking for what to make with leftover ham, we’ve got three ideas for you!
Thanks, ham salad sandwich spread just like grandma made….but never wrote it down! LOL
About how much ham did you need to use to yield 2 cups of chopped ham? 2-1/2 cup pre-chopping, maybe?
This recipe was perfect to serve at a get together. It’s easy and quick to make and very tasty! I did not put relish in it, but I think next time I will try a little dill pickle relish. I set this out along with some slider buns so guests to make their own ham salad sliders. Thank you for this delicious recipe!
Never thought about adding cheese to the mix,very smart!
What a beautiful light salad that is perfect for spring!!! Delicious!
This looks fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing! I love the addition of dijon mustard. Definitely one of my favorite ingredients of all time.