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ham salad on slider rolls on a wooden cutting board.

Ham Salad Sandwich Recipe

Course: appetizer/dip
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 259kcal
This Ham Salad is a flavor explosion! Diced ham in mayonnaise with sweet relish, mustard and a host of other goodies. Great for an easy appetizer or sandwich filling.
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  • ½ cup mayonnaise plus more if needed
  • ¼ cup sweet relish
  • 2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pound leftover cooked ham cubed
  • 3 tablespoons diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crackers, soft rolls, or bread for serving


  • Whisk the mayonnaise, relish, mustard, and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Set aside
    ½ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup sweet relish, 2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    overhead view of ingredients for ham salad.
  • Add the ham, celery, onion, and parsley to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until it’s more finely chopped and combined, then transfer it to the bowl with the mayonnaise mixture. Stir, tasting and adding more mayonnaise or relish if desired to achieve a spreadable consistency, as well as salt and pepper.
    1 pound leftover cooked ham, 3 tablespoons diced celery, 2 tablespoons diced red onion, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, Salt and pepper
    ham salad and mayonnaise sauce in a glass bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Cover and chill for at least an hour before serving as is with crackers or on bread or rolls as sandwiches.
    Crackers, soft rolls, or bread



  • Swap out the red onion for diced yellow or sweet onion for a little less bite.
  • Add diced bell peppers or carrots for extra crunch.
  • Add a few tablespoons of jarred pimentos or diced roasted red peppers for depth of flavor.
  • Toss it with some cooked rotini or macaroni to turn it into ham pasta salad. 
  • Add a little bit of pickle juice and pulse it for longer in the food processor to turn it into a ham salad dip.
Storage: Store ham salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 1133mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg