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The Magic of Leftover Ham: A Delicious Ham Salad Recipe

Hey everyone! There’s nothing quite like a delicious ham dinner, but let’s be honest, the leftover possibilities are pretty exciting too! This recipe turns those leftovers into a fantastic ham salad that’s perfect for lunches, snacks, or even a light summer meal.

The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. It all starts with finely chopped ham – you can either dice it by hand or use a food processor for a quicker result. Then, we mix in our creamy base of mayonnaise. From there, it’s all about customization!

Personally, I love adding chopped pickles for a bit of a crunch and tang. Sweet pickle relish is another great option, and a squeeze of mustard adds a delightful kick.

In just a few minutes, you’ve got a delicious ham salad ready to enjoy! Serve it on crackers for a quick bite, pile it high on a sandwich, or even get creative with lettuce wraps or a bed of salad for a low-carb option.

A Family Tradition with a Twist

This recipe might remind you of your own family’s ham salad – after all, everyone has their own special way of making it! While I have fond memories of using canned ham growing up (and it’s still delicious!), leftover ham is my go-to these days.

The best part? This recipe is incredibly versatile. Here’s what makes it stand out:

  • Leftover magic: Use leftover ham from Easter, Christmas, or any other occasion to create a delicious new dish.
  • Make-ahead friendly: Whip up a batch and store it in the fridge for a few days. Perfect for quick lunches or grabbing a tasty snack on the go.
  • Sandwiches or crackers? You choose! This ham salad is equally delicious on bread, crackers, or even enjoyed plain.
  • Super easy, incredibly tasty: This recipe is straightforward, but using leftover ham adds a depth of flavor that canned ham just can’t match.

Endless Ham Salad Variations

This recipe is just a jumping-off point! Get creative and add your favorite ingredients to personalize your ham salad. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Classic Combos: For a heartier option, add chopped, hard-boiled eggs.
  • Dip it Good: If you have a bit of leftover ham salad, blend it with some pickle juice for a creamy dip perfect with crackers or veggies.
  • Melty Goodness: Take your grilled cheese to the next level! Combine your ham salad with shredded cheddar cheese and grill it between slices of rye bread for a flavor explosion.
  • Pasta Perfection: Turn leftover ham salad into a full meal by using it as a base for macaroni salad or pasta salad. Add diced pickles, a dollop of Dijon mustard for a tangy kick, and some chopped vegetables for extra color and texture.
  • Frozen in Time: Ham salad is best enjoyed chilled and will keep for a few days in the fridge. However, if you want to make a bigger batch, it can be frozen in an airtight container for longer storage.

So there you have it! This simple ham salad recipe is a delicious way to use up leftover ham and create a versatile dish that’s perfect for any occasion. Now get creative, have fun, and enjoy the magic of leftover ham!

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Ham Salad Recipe

Ham Salad Recipe


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  • Author: Mekar Official
  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Description

There’s nothing quite like a delicious ham dinner, but let’s be honest, the leftover possibilities are pretty exciting too! This recipe turns those leftovers into a fantastic ham salad that’s perfect for lunches, snacks, or even a light summer meal.


Ingredients

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  • 1 pound cooked ham, diced
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Optional Add-Ins:

  • 3 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 2 teaspoons mustard (yellow or Dijon)
  • ½ cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 green onion, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice

Instructions

  1. Pulse the diced ham in a food processor a few times until finely chopped (or chop finely by hand).
  2. In a bowl, combine the ham, mayonnaise, celery, and black pepper.
  3. Stir in any of the optional add-ins you like.
  4. Serve with crackers, bread, rolls, or even on a salad!

Notes

  • Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. You may not need additional salt depending on the ham’s saltiness.
  • No food processor? No problem! Just chop the ham very finely by hand.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Lunch, Salad
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 275
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 1388mg
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Cholesterol: 47mg

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