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Ham Salad

5 from 15 votes

posted: 04/13/20

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This easy Ham Salad is a 10 minute recipe that is great on sandwiches, delicious with crackers, and perfect for using leftover ham!

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While I know that not everyone made a ham this year for Easter, I am guessing that some of you did. I would guess that many of you want to do things that feel normal.

And that is totally understandable. I can relate.

If you are finding yourself with left over ham, I would suggest you make this amazing Ham Salad recipe. It makes a great ham salad sandwich, and it will even use up some of those hard boiled eggs.

If you need more recipes using left over ham, you can find a list right above the recipe at the bottom of the post.


overhead view of a ninja food processor filled with ham, hard boiled eggs, celery, and onion to make ham salad


This recipe really does take only about 10 minutes to make, making it the perfect way to use leftover ham. It is great for a weekday lunch too.

  1. Dice the ham and eggs into cubes. Chop the celery and onion fine.
  2. Put the ham, eggs, celery, and onion into a food processor and pulse for about 10 to 15 seconds. Check on it and pulse one or two more times until it is the crumbly texture you see below.
  3. Mix together the mayonnaise, relish, and HALF the salt and pepper that is called for.
  4. Mix the mayonnaise mixture into the ham mixture. Taste and add more salt as needed.

Please be sure to see the printable recipe at the bottom of the post to get the detailed instructions.

close up overhead of ingredients for ham salad recipe after they have been broken up and processed in food processor


This ham salad is perfect as is just throwing on a roll or a croissant. It makes a great lunch!

If you are on a low-carb diet or doing keto, I would recommend eating this on bib lettuce. That is delicious.

Finally, this recipe, because of how broken down it is, is great served at a party with a knife and some crackers. It is like a Ham Salad Spread.


If you are wondering how much ham salad per person to account for, I would recommend about 1/2 a cup per salad.

This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups, which is 5 sandwiches.

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This delicious ham salad recipe should be stored in an airtight container and eaten within 3 days.

Because of the mayonnaise and celery in this recipe, I would not recommend freezing it.

a ham salad sandwich made with a croissant on a cutting board with more croissants in the background and a bowl filled with ham salad


Your delicious ham leftovers can be so many great things. (If you didn’t love your ham, be sure to check out my Slow Cooker Ham recipe.)

If you try any of my recipes, please come back and tell me what you think!

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5 from 15 votes

Ham Salad

Serves: 5 sandwiches
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This easy Ham Salad is a 10 minute recipe that is great on sandwiches, is delicious with crackers, and is perfect for using leftover ham!


  • 1 pound cooked ham diced
  • 2 hard boiled eggs chopped
  • 1 celery rib diced fine
  • 2 teaspoons onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon sweet relish
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise I used light
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt read instructions carefully about how to add
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • In a food processor, pulse the ham, eggs, celery, and onion together until everything is chopped fine but before it is a paste. (I find it best to process it for about 10 seconds, check on it, then pulse it until it becomes like a large crumb texture. See photo in the post.)
  • In a bowl whisk together the relish, mayonnaise, and mustard.
  • Add in 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  • Stir together the mayonnaise mixture and ham mixture. Taste and add mor salt and pepper to taste. I used the full 1/2 teaspon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  • Serve with crackers or on bread. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Serving: 0.5cup Calories: 213kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 7g (2%) Protein: 18g (36%) Fat: 13g (20%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 129mg (43%) Sodium: 1628mg (71%) Potassium: 104mg (3%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 3IU Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) Calcium: 3mg Iron: 2mg (11%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. Beverly Arnold says

    5 stars
    I have made this from your recipe before. My husband, who had not been a ham salad eater said this was the best he ever ate. It’s simple, quick, and soooooooooooooooo good .

    • Deb says

      My mother made this often and I am a fan. Thanks for reminding me of the recipe!

  2. Kristen says

    5 stars
    Just made my first-ever batch with post-Easter ham. The whole family approves! Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy everyone liked it Kristen!

  3. Pat Barrett says

    5 stars
    My husband just loves ham but it is not a favorite of mine. I tried this ham salad recipe and we both loved it. SO VERY GOOD.

    • Lisa Longley says

      That makes me so happy Pat!

  4. Dawn says

    5 stars
    Yummy! It was really good rolled up in Bibb lettuce!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you liked it Dawn!

  5. Debbie says

    5 stars
    I made this with leftover Easter ham. It turned out wonderful! I am not an onion person so I used 1/4 tsp onion powder instead. I used all of the pepper but only needed 1/2 of the salt. Thank you for giving those of us who don’t love to cook delicious, easy recipes! Please keep it up🥰

    • Lisa Longley says

      I am so happy you liked it! And the onion powder for onion is a great idea! My husband hates onions, so I’m regularly doing this.

  6. Dorothy Weiss says

    I was hesitant about using your ham salad recipe, as I have been making it a certain way that I like for many decades. However, try it I did and I have to say both my husband and I really enjoyed it. I think I will be making it like this when i happen to have onion and celery on hand. Thanks!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Dorothy, this is so great to hear! Thank you for taking the time to come back and tell me!

  7. Patty Lundblade says

    may i use turkey ham bc that’s what i use it really sounds good i would like to try it thank you

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tested it with a turkey ham but I can’t think of any reason why it wouldn’t work.

  8. Elaine says

    5 stars
    Husband and I both love this ham recipe.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear it!

  9. Shar says

    5 stars
    SIMPLE and EASY.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Glad to hear it!

  10. Diane says

    5 stars
    This is a keeper recipe for ham salad. Very easy to make and had great raves from the family!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that you liked it!

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