October 10, 2013

Ham Salad


I seem to have written this post backwards. All the stuff that I would normally say up here somehow ended up at the bottom when I was writing the recipe so make sure and read all the way down :)

Here’s a recipe for Ham Salad… a.k.a. Deviled Ham Salad… a.k.a Pickle Wrap Spread or Dip.

And I love it. Like, I love it, love it. As in, get up at midnight, go downstairs and eat it out of the container with a spoon, love it.


Ham Salad
3 1/2 - 4 cups chopped ham (see notes below)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sweet pickle relish

Combine all ingredients and stir well. Add more mayo and/or relish to your liking. Serve as sandwich spread or with crackers. Store in refrigerator.


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Notes on the ham…
I've only ever made this using leftover baked ham so I can’t advise if this will taste as yummilicious or have the same perfectly perfect texture if you use some other type of ham (deli, canned, etc.).

I use my food processor to chop the ham but be very careful when doing so because one too many pulses and you could end up with pink mush. I cut the ham into cubes (about 1” in size) and pulse in the food processor only 3-5 times. I once thought I’d be clever and throw big chunks of ham, whole sweet pickles (not relish) and mayo in all at once and I ended up with a grody, shmooshy mess.

You can also use a meat grinder if you happen to have one of those. If you do, just know I’m probably moving in with you when the zombie apocalypse hits because having your own personal meat grinder is some old-school awesomeness and probably means that you have other cool stuff like gas lamps and a lye soap.

This is what your ham should look like when it’s ready to mix with the other ingredients.


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28 comments:

  1. My mother made this all the time when she was having the "girls" over to play "Bunco". And yes she used a hand-crank type meat grinder!! Now you've gone and given me the "gotta have some" s!!! LOVE your page and I'm not even southern.

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  2. We made it out of a huge chunk of bologna from the butcher. We used the hand meat grinder (I have one) and put hard boiled eggs with dill pickles and carrots for color. Yummmm.... I have never had "Ham" salad made out of ham!!

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    1. That is how my Mom made it too...except no carrots.

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    2. My grandmother made it with a big hunk of bologna, too. Best ham salad I ever had. I usually find ham salad made with chopped ham to be too salty.

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  3. i put my cut up ham in the blender to chop it to the right consistency...works great!

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  4. We like to use ham and bologna ... Grind alternating the ham and bologna, a couple hard boiled eggs, sweet pickle relish, Hellman's Mayo and Miracle Whip.... Mix all together.... YUMMY Great on Croissants.

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    1. OMG, don't ya just love "Ham & Pickle Spread"? This is the way my mom always made it, and it was the best tasting "Ham & Pickle Spread" EVER! She also added a tiny bit of raw grated onion to hers. Her 'Finger Sandwiches' were always a hit at every party. I like that we're now remembering, and making the things which we enjoyed when we were growing up, and loving them once again.

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  5. The meat grinder ( or an attachment on a Kitchenaid stand mixer) really enhances the texture of this. To make it devilled I add some Dijon mustard. That way I use less mayo and reduce the fat as well. I love your site. Thanks!

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  6. I'm a southern gal also, and i love me some ham salad with onions, eggs, and sweet pickle relish. Your blog is awesome, can i adopt you as a sister (i don't have any) I have to be careful reading your blog at work, i get to laughing out loud so much i can't hardly answer the phone.

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  7. Try chopping a stalk of celery in with the hard boiled eggs and other ingredients. Yummy.

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  8. One of the best ham salad sandwiches I ever had was at a baby shower. I asked the hostess for the recipe, and she was very embarrassed & asked me not to tell anyone...that it was made with shredded SPAM! Had boiled egg, both dill & sweet relish, mayo & miracle whip. I've never made it, but it was SO yummy!!!

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  9. OK I confess. I have a meat grinder, gas lamp and a small bar of lye soap. AND I love ham salad. If you beat the zombies, come on in!

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  10. My mom made this all my life, and I'm now 66 and still make it for my family. I like it better with bologna, but ham is great too. She used an old fashioned salad master and I could hardly wait for her to finish. It's so much better than store-bought.

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  11. This is also good with left over roast beef. Was raised on a farn, Mom made both ham and beef.

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  12. My dad in law had a few diners in New England. He would always sell out of this. Ground baked ham,spam,mayo, relish. Hey if it tastes good. .eat it!

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  13. Made this today with leftover ham from our holiday dinner and LOVE it! I've used my meat grinder in the past and it was so much hard work I swore I'd never do it again. Today I used my food processor to pulse and it's absolutely the BEST!! Thanks for the perfect ham salad recipe! YUM

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  14. I have made this salad for several years, using the same ingredients you do. But, I grind a small piece of ham and I also add a small package of small cubed ham. This gives it a great texture . Really do love this stuff. I am really enjoying your site. Keep up the good work.

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  15. My KitchenAid stand mixer has a grinder attachment, and I use that to grind up meat for salads (ham, beef, and chicken salads). It gives the meat a great texture. One of the best presents Dear Hubby ever got me!

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  16. My Okie born friend adds a couple of hands full of goobers. She wouldn't eat it without them. I like it exactly how you make it - with lots of crisp lettuce between between the two slices of bread. Mmmmmm... I guess I'm going to have to go make some, now.

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  17. Ham or Spam with chopped green pepper and mayo .






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  18. Could you make this with leftover turkey (in a meat grinder)?

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    1. I've done this and also done it with left over roast. That's a good sandwich filler too.

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  19. When I was young I worked in a a deli and we made this all the time. We made Ham salad using only ham and then also sold a sandwich spread which had bologna,and ends from things like olive loaf, chopped ham, pimento loaf,etc. My mom bought it all the time and I too would just dip into the container with a spoon. Haven't had it in ages and now will have to make some with my leftover ham! Thanks for the memories!

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  20. I've only ever had "ham" salad using bologna. It's about the only way I'll eat bologna but oh so good chopped as you do the ham then mixed with cut up hard boiled eggs, sweet pickle relish and a dressing of mayo, yellow mustard, red wine vinegar and sugar. So good.

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  21. My husband and I just had this for dinner. We used honey mustard and a little less mayonnaise. Hubby went back for seconds, so I know he loved it.

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  22. Have a meat grinder on my KitchenAid. (no good in an apocalypse!) I use dill relish. Just a personal preference. Thanks for the great recipes! Going to check out your cookbook.

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