Favorite Ham Salad Recipe | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Favorite Ham Salad Recipe

I've written about my Favorite Ham Salad Recipe before on the heels of another leftover recipes post, but it is so good, I thought it deserved it's very own post. This is my very favorite ham salad recipe and my go to recipe whenever we have any leftover ham. If you know me, you know I'm big on repurposing leftovers, and this ham salad is a perfect leftover ham recipe!

Favorite Ham Salad Recipe by Renee's Kitchen Adventures in a bowl with a spreader overhead view

One of my favorite grocery store delis makes the BEST ham salad EVER. I crave their delicious ham salad!

But, now that I can make my own ham salad I can crush those cravings right at home! This ham salad recipe is very close to the one I love from the deli.

Favorite Ham Salad Recipe by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a whole wheat bread sandwich with lettuce on a white plate

I love that this ham salad can be made into a ham salad sandwich (my favorite way is on whole wheat bread with some crisp iceberg lettuce) for a meal or served on crackers or raw veggies as an appetizer.

Favorite Ham Salad Recipe by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a cracker on a wooden board with celery garnish and crackers in the background

And I really, really love that this ham salad gives leftover ham a whole new look!

Favorite Ham Salad Recipe by Renee's Kitchen Adventures ground up ham in food processor overhead view

How do you make Ham Salad?

It's easy to make ham salad! The hardest part is grinding up the ham. This is done easily by using the blade fitting in a large food processor. Once the leftover ham is ground, you'll mix it in with the other ingredients and you are done!

What is ham salad made of?

Ham salad is made of ham, of course. Cold, coarsely diced ham is ground up (I use a food processor) and mixed with mayonnaise, finely chopped celery, pickle relish (sweet or dill), and some horseradish for a little kick. For more kick, you can also add a couple shakes of hot sauce. Ham Salad is a great recipe for leftover ham.

I would not recommend using deli sliced ham to make ham salad. It's best when made with a spiral sliced ham you might serve at a holiday meal or even a ham steak.

How long does ham salad keep?

Ham salad will last about 5 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Ham salad is perishable and any leftovers should be promptly refrigerated once prepared. 

What ingredients do I need to make ham salad?

  • Leftover ham, ground up with food processor
  • reduced fat mayonnaise
  • fresh celery
  • pickle relish
  • horseradish sauce
  • hot sauce (optional)

 I honestly look forward to this ham salad every holiday.  It's a wonderful way to use up some of your leftover ham and give it a whole new personality.  

Ham Salad, Ham Salad Recipe, Ham Salad Sandwich, Ham Salad Sandwich Recipe
Pork, Sandwiches
Yield: 16 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Favorite Ham Salad Spread

Favorite Ham Salad Spread

Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min
This easy ham salad recipe takes ground up leftover ham and turns it into a delicious sandwich spread great on whole wheat bread as a sandwich or served on crackers!


  • 8 oz. Honey Baked Spiral Sliced Ham (or any cooked ham you like), trimmed of any visible fat and roughly chopped
  • 1 - 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 3 - 4 TBSP reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 1 TBSP horseradish sauce (or more to taste)
  • 1 heaping TBSP pickle relish (sweet or dill)
  • a few dashes of hot sauce (optional)


  1. With the blade attachment fit into a large food processor, add the ham and process until finely chopped. Remove the ham to a large bowl.
  2. Add the celery to the food processor, and process until finely chopped. Add to the ham in the bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and stir with the ham and celery until well combined. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Excellent on crackers or as a spread for sandwiches.


Nutritional Information is an estimate

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

1.03 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.22 g

Carbs (grams)

12.54 g

Fiber (grams)

0.10 g

Net carbs

12.44 g

Sugar (grams)

12.19 g

Protein (grams)

0.69 g

Sodium (milligrams)

71.51 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

2.66 mg
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*Note: This recipe for Favorite Ham Salad Recipe first appeared on Renee's Kitchen Adventures in December 2013 as Favorite Ham Salad Spread. I've updated the post to include more information and republished it because it's an excellent recipe that I think everyone should know about! The recipe hasn't changed from the original post.


  1. This looks pretty good and I just know my husband would love this (he loves ham)! Thanks for sharing on the DBB
    Ciara @Teaspoon of Life

  2. This sounds wonderful... I think it would be perfect to take to our Christmas party next week at work. Thanks for sharing on DBB and pinning it.

    1. Yes it would be. It's easy and you can make it ahead of time. :)

  3. Hi, Renee--I made it back to check out your new and delicious looking posts. My mom used to always make ham salad when we were growing up and I loved it. However, I never made it myself as with my husband, there were never any ham leftovers to be had, but a few years back, I managed to keep a bit of leftover ham. For some reason, I decided to add a few spoons of mango chutney to mine and it was wonderful.

    If I get a chance this holiday season, I'm going to try your recipe and report back to you.

    1. Oh gosh, that sounds like a great addition to this spread, Mel. I'll have to try that next time. I'm sure we'll have ham for Christmas too! and there WILL be ham salad afterward!

  4. I love reinventing leftovers, and this is a great idea for ham. I haven't seen anything like this before. Yum.

    1. You need to give this a try Nicole. I think you'd like it! :)

  5. "Ham and Pickle Sandwiches" were always my favorite part of the holidays. We'd cut up sweet gherkins - more texture than relish. Yummy!

  6. use the same basic recipe only adding red onion & a little honey mustard


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