Southern-Style Ham Salad

Ham Salad in Mini Bun
Diana Rattray
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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This ham salad recipe is super easy to prepare in a food processor, small food chopper or minced by hand. Best of all, it's a great way to use leftover ham that always seems to multiply by itself at holiday time.

Sweet pickle relish or finely chopped pickles flavor the ham perfectly and a chopped hard-cooked egg adds a certain something but feels free to leave it out if you desire.

In addition to being eaten as is on a lettuce-lined plate, it also makes a nice filling for lunchbox sandwiches and appetizers. Use it to fill mini sandwich buns, croissants, biscuits, or small rolls that are perfect for baby showers, parties, or game-day gatherings.

For lunch or dinner, serve the sandwiches with a cup of soup, a tossed salad, potato chips, or French fries. If you're on a low-carb regimen, mound the sandwich filling onto mixed salad greens or romaine lettuce leaves. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups ham (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup celery (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise (or more, to moisten)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickles (finely chopped, or sweet pickle relish)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 large egg (hard-cooked and finely chopped)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (finely chopped)

How to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the chopped ham, celery, and onion.
  2. Add the mayonnaise and mix until well-moistened, adding more if necessary.
  3. Add chopped sweet pickles or sweet pickle relish, salt, and pepper to taste, chopped hard-cooked egg, and optional chopped parsley. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Serve the ham salad on lettuce leaves or mixed salad greens or use it as a filling for sandwiches.


    • The sweet pickle relish can be replaced with dill relish or chopped dill pickles if you prefer a less sweet filling.
    • Add a dash of Cajun seasoning for a little extra zing.
    • Omit the hard-cooked egg or add more than one to stretch this recipe, if desired.