Best Ham Salad Ever2 - Copy

I used to cook a ham and half of it would go to waste.  Then I started making ham salad.  I love this recipe. It is great on crackers or bread.  A great way to use up leftover ham. This is good to serve for game day or anytime you have a group of people over and serve snacks.  Men love this and it makes a lot.  It will keep in the refrigerator for several days and goes well as a sandwich with soup for lunch, too.  When I first started making this ham salad I would just make it after holidays when I had leftover ham.  Now, I buy pieces of ham like Kentucky Legend at the grocery and make it all the time.

6 cups ham, coarsely ground
4 eggs, hard boiled and chopped
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
1 cup mayonnaise
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried basil                       
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. This makes about a 1/2 gallon tupperware container full.   I like having it on hand.  Recipe can be cut in half.  Enjoy!
Note:  You can finely chop the ham if you don’t have a food processor or a way to grind it up.
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If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Ham and Black Bean Soup.
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  1. Iam not a mustard lover, what could I use instead or just delete it?

  2. I have used the same ings and used chicken or turkey as the meat in the salad as well.

  3. C Williams says:

    This sounds really good! I will try the hardboiled eggs the next time I make ham salad. I am wondering about the basil and what it does for the ham? I have never heard of using basil with ham. Can you tell us more about using basil?

  4. Betty Hepner says:

    This is also great using roast beef. Makes great beef salad.

  5. My neighbors had a cookout and had hot dogs left over, grilled. We used them the same as you did with the ham , and called it Ball Park Salad, everybody loved it.

  6. I once worked at a place that put items in machines in factory machines. The lady there made ham salad sandwiches for the drivers to put in those machines. She made it with bologna and it was delicious. She would make one every day for me to hae for my lunch when we took a break.

    • I worked in the regional accounting office for a company that would have Food Days. A lady I worked with made a Spam Salad that reminded me of Ham Salad. I had been told about it and was a little dubious. Then I saw when she put the salad on the table. people rushed in and got those sandwiches right away. Absolutely delicious.

  7. I used to have my mother’s meat grinder but not any more. How else could I grind the left over ham?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You can grind it in a food processor. I have even ground it in a coffee grinder. You could just chop it really fine, too.

  8. Linda Johnson says:

    I just made this; best ever! I followed it to a tee and my husband and both loved it. I’ll be making this for family get togethers.

  9. I make this using Spam instead of ham. very good

  10. I found your ham salad by accident and just love it. All of the ingredients make for a great salad or sandwich which is the way to go. I love the idea of eggs and the djon mustard for a little kick.

  11. Margaret Cloud says:

    This really looks good and again I would not of thought of putting eggs in, but I will next time.

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