The BEST Ham Salad Recipe (for Sandwiches and More!)

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Perfect for summer days or brunch, this 10-minute ham salad uses 8 simple ingredients, including chopped ham mixed with seasonings, creamy Greek yogurt or mayo, and crunchy veggies. Serve as a dip, sandwich, wrap, or atop a green salad.

ham salad atop three slices of bread with lettuce

What Makes This Recipe Great

It’s the season of light and refreshing summer salads– think potato salad, macaroni salad, and chicken salad recipes! Today, we’re switching things up and making the most delicious and easy Ham Salad recipe! Perfect for hot summer days, gatherings, or even brunch, this delicious 10-minute recipe will be on repeat all season long!

All you need are 8 simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand. You can use any cooked ham you have– whether it’s leftover holiday ham, frozen, or from the deli. It’s mixed simple seasonings, chopped veggies, and voila– you have lunch! Tons of yummy flavor, a contrast of creamy and crunchy textures, plus it’s super light and fresh. 

It can be served as a dip with favorite veggies, in between two slices of bread for a sandwich, in a lettuce wrap or tortilla wrap, or atop a green salad. It makes a super easy make-ahead recipe and stores nicely for a quick lunch or an easy appetizer/snack.

a bowl filled with chopped ham, veggies, and creamy dressing with crackers resting on top

Ingredient Notes

  • cooked ham
  • mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • celery
  • dill pickle relish or chopped dill pickles: For a sweeter taste, you can use sweet relish here if preferred. 
  • white onion or sweet onion
  • green onion
  • celery salt
  • black pepper

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Place the cooked chunks of ham into the food processor bowl. Pulse the food processor in quick pulses until the ham is finely chopped. Be careful not to over-process, as you want a coarse texture rather than a paste. Transfer the chopped ham mixture to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the celery, white onion, and green onion to the food processor. Pulse until the vegetables are finely chopped, but don’t over-process. Pulse a couple of times. Transfer the chopped vegetables to the bowl with the ham.
  3. Add in the dill relish, mayo or Greek yogurt, pepper, and celery salt. Mix until well combined.
  4. Serve on bread, in a lettuce wrap, or on top of a green salad.
scoops of ham salad atop pieces of lettuce on a white platter

Mac’s Pro Tip

Expert Tips

  • Variations: Feel free to make this recipe your own with additional ingredients. You can add a bit of Dijon mustard, yellow mustard, or spicy brown mustard to the creamy dressing, use sweet pickle relish or sweet pickles instead of dill, garnish with green onions or red onion, add chopped hard-boiled eggs, and any other variations you see fit. 
  • Ham: This is a great way to repurpose leftover ham after a holiday like Christmas or Easter. You can also use frozen ham (thawed from freezing and drained) or deli ham if that’s what you have. 

Serving Tips

You can serve this ham salad in a variety of ways. Here are some suggestions:

  • As a sandwich between bread or slider rolls
  • Atop a green salad
  • On lettuce leaves
  • In a tortilla wrap
  • As a dip with veggies like bell pepper, carrot sticks, celery sticks, or sliced cucumbers
  • With Ritz crackers, other buttery crackers, or tortilla chips 

Storage Tips

Store leftover ham salad in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Give it a good stir, then serve it as a sandwich, wrap, it with your favorite crackers or veggies, or atop a bed of lettuce. 

a hand scooping the finished recipe with a cracker

Recipe FAQs

Why does my ham salad get watery? 

Ingredients with high water content, such as celery, onions, and pickles, can release water into the salad over time– all you need to do is give the salad a quick stir and it will be as good as new.  If using frozen ham, make sure it is fully thawed and drained. To prevent a watery ham salad, ensure that all ingredients are well-drained and patted dry, mix the salad just before serving, and keep chilled until used to help maintain the desired consistency.

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The BEST Ham Salad Recipe

Perfect for summer days or brunch, this 10-minute ham salad uses 8 simple ingredients, including chopped ham mixed with seasonings, creamy Greek yogurt or mayo, and crunchy veggies. Serve as a dip, sandwich, wrap, or atop a green salad.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients  

  • 3 cups chopped ham
  • ¾ cup mayo or Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • 2 tbsp dill relish
  • cup white onion
  • ¼ cup green onion
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Place the ham chunks into the food processor bowl. Pulse the food processor in short bursts until the ham is finely chopped. Be careful not to over-process, as you want a coarse texture rather than a paste. Transfer the chopped ham to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the celery, white onion, and green onion to the food processor. Pulse until the vegetables are finely chopped, but don’t over-process. Pulse a couple times. Transfer the chopped vegetables to the bowl with the ham.
  • Add in the dill relish, mayo or Greek yogurt, pepper and celery salt. Mix until well combined.
  • Serve on bread, in a lettuce wrap or on top of a green salad.

Notes

Expert Tips

  • Variations: Feel free to make this recipe your own with additional ingredients. You can add a bit of Dijon mustard, yellow mustard, or spicy brown mustard to the creamy dressing, use sweet pickle relish or sweet pickles instead of dill, garnish with green onions or red onion, add chopped hard-boiled eggs, and any other variations you see fit. 
  • Ham: This is a great way to repurpose leftover ham after a holiday like Christmas or Easter. You can also use frozen ham (thawed from freezing and drained) or deli ham if that’s what you have. 

Serving Tips

You can serve this ham salad in a variety of ways. Here are some suggestions:
  • As a sandwich between bread or slider rolls
  • Atop a green salad
  • On lettuce leaves
  • In a tortilla wrap
  • As a dip with veggies like bell pepper, carrot sticks, celery sticks, or sliced cucumbers
  • With Ritz crackers, other buttery crackers, or tortilla chips 

Storage Tips

Store leftover ham salad in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Give it a good stir, then serve it as a sandwich, wrap, it with your favorite crackers or veggies, or atop a bed of lettuce.

Nutrition

Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 1639mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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