Southern Ham Salad

Ham Salad in Mini Bun
Ham Salad in Mini Bun. Diana Rattray
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6
Ratings (5)

This ham salad is super easy to prepare in the food processor or the ingredients can be minced by hand. It's a great way to use leftover ham. Sweet pickle relish or finely chopped pickles flavor the ham perfectly. I like the chopped hard-boiled egg in the salad, but feel free to leave it out.

The ham salad also makes a nice filling for mini party or appetizer sandwiches. Use it to fill mini sandwich buns, croissants, biscuits, or small rolls. The sandwiches 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 finely chopped ham
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise, or more, to moisten
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped 
  • sweet pickles or
  • sweet pickle relish
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 hard-cooked egg, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley, optional

How to Make It

  1. Mince the ham, celery, and onion by hand or in a food processor or small food chopper.
  2. Mix in the mayonnaise until well-moistened. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and stir in the diced hard-cooked egg and parsley, if using.
  3. Serve the ham salad on lettuce leaves or mixed salad greens or use it as a filling for sandwiches.
  4. The ham mixture makes a nice filling for party or lunchbox sandwiches. 

Tips and Variations

  • 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-boiled egg, if desired.

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