Ultimate Ham Salad

Ultimate Ham Salad

Photo: Gayle McLeod

Creamy salads are my jam. And it’s so easy to turn leftovers from my honey baked ham after Easter into this deliciously creamy and crunchy salad. But if you’re thinking about the traditional blitzed ham salad spread (that looks a bit unpalatable and reminiscent of wet cat food), think again.

My version of ham salad is more similar to my chicken salad recipe – it’s solid and chunky and meant to be eaten with a spoon! It’s loaded with diced ham, celery, onion, and dill pickles, then tossed with creamy mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. The perfect spring and summer salad I’d say!

Ham Salad Ingredients

The goal is to chop everything the same size for a uniform texture. It makes this salad easy to eat and pleasing to the eye. Here is what you’ll need.

Ham: This is a great leftover ham recipe if you made one for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas! But if you’re making this on the fly, grab a pack of uncured ham steaks. I’m using this applewood smoked version, but you can use any flavor. Vegetables: Diced celery, red onion, and dill pickles add that delicious crunch. Plus, the dill pickles lend a briny and dilly touch!Sauces: Similar to my other creamy salads, this one uses a mix of mayonnaise and Dijon mustard.Fresh Herbs: All you need is freshly chopped parsley!

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

How To Make Ham Salad

You’re going to love how easy it is to make this salad! Add the ham, celery, pickles, red onion, parsley, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper into a large mixing bowl.

Stir all the ingredients until everything is well coated with the mayonnaise and Dijon. Then top it off with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

Serve it up! You can serve this up as a side salad, a potluck salad (it’ll get devoured fast!), as a sandwich, wrapped up in lettuce leaves, or enjoy it on a bed of leafy spinach greens. It’s super delicious no matter how you serve it.

Storage Tips

This ham salad will keep in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container.

Helpful tip: Don’t leave this salad at room temperature for long. The mayonnaise in it could spoil the dish quickly!

More Creamy Salad Recipes

I’ve got lots of salad recipes to choose from when you’re craving a light and refreshing meal. But if you’re in the mood for something creamier, you’ll love the salads below!

Tuna SaladSalmon SaladShrimp SaladClassic Egg SaladClassic Potato Salad

I hope you enjoy this ham salad recipe as much as I do! If you make it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this recipe in the comment box below.

Ultimate Ham Salad

5 from 3 votes Prep: 15 minutes Total: 15 minutes Servings: 4 servings Author: Lisa BryanPrintPinReviewSaveSaved


This ham salad is the perfect mix of creamy and crunchy textures! It’s easy, flavorful, and truly the best ham salad recipe, if I do say so myself.



2 cups small diced ham2 celery ribs, diced small¼ cup small diced dill pickles¼ cup small diced red onion2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley¼ cup mayonnaise1 teaspoon Dijon mustardkosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


In a large mixing bowl, add the ham, celery, pickles, red onion, parsley, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir all of the ingredients until well combined, and adjust any of the seasonings if necessary.


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 1272mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg Course: Salad Cuisine: American Keyword: Ham Salad, Ham Salad Recipe

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