Ham salad is such a fantastic way to use leftover ham. You can hand chop all of this, but if you have a food processor, it will be done quickly. I use a Kitchen Aid. When I bought it, the price seemed high. Over the years, it has just been a workhorse. I would definitely buy this brand again, since it has been extremely reliable. Using my Kitchen Aid, this recipe takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. I used Costco’s Kirkland Signature Ham for this recipe. However, any high-quality lean ham will work.
Ham Salad Sandwich Recipe
12 ounces of fully cooked ham-finely chopped (about 2 cups)
½ cup finely chopped celery
½ cup finely chopped onion
4 hard boiled eggs-finely chopped
3 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish (I use Claussen’s)
½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon French’s yellow mustard
½ cup mayonnaise
You may chop the ham, celery, onion, and eggs by hand or using a food processor. They need to be finely chopped. When using the food processor, use the pulse button. Pulse 2-3 times, in short bursts, about 5 seconds, then check. All food processors are different, but you don’t want to turn the food to paste or mush. Chop the ingredients in order. Process each separately and place in a medium bowl. Add to the ham, celery, onion, and eggs, the balsamic vinegar, yellow mustard, and mayonnaise. (Tip: To measure the mayonnaise, spray the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray. Then, measure the mayonnaise. It will just tip right out of the measuring cup.) Stir all ingredients until well-mixed. Then, refrigerate in a covered container until it is thoroughly chilled. Eat within two days.
Ham salad is delicious served in a variety of ways. It is always delightful on rye or pumpernickel bread. Those two breads and sourdough are all great grilled. When you want a sandwich to be special, grilling it is a good option. Putting ham salad on white bread makes a classic sandwich that will take you back to your childhood. Hamburger buns work well, too. When you feel like a bit of crunch, open-faced cracker sandwiches on saltines are a classic.
Wrap it up! An updated sandwich is ham salad in a flour or low-carb tortilla. Add chopped lettuce, pickles, onions, and tomatoes for a healthier alternative. If you want to strictly limit your carbs, use lettuce for the wraps.
Pairs well with:
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Spinach Mushroom Creamy Soup Recipe
When you are packing ham salad for lunch, pack it separately from the bread. This will save you from the “soggy sandwich syndrome.” Be sure to refrigerate your ham salad lunch. If you don’t have a refrigerator, you can keep it cold for awhile with a frozen juice box or freezer pack in an insulated lunch bag. It does need to stay cold. If you ever find that your lunchtime ham salad is warm, don’t eat it. Find something else. This is good advice for all lunch sandwiches, but especially mayonnaise and egg based salads.
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